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Bosch TS1005 Zero Clearance Insert Assembly

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  • Use for precision cuts at 90-degrees and reduces kerf clearance to thickness of blade
  • Supports the work-piece closer to blade for less chip-out and splintering
  • Reduces kerf clearance to the thickness of your blade
  • Keeps blade clean by stopping sawdust from falling into the throat
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Technical Details
Part NumberTS1005
Product Dimensions37.1 x 9.9 x 2 cm
Item model numberTS1005
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #22,805 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight136 g
Date First AvailableJuly 27 2011
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The Bosch TS1005 is used for precision cuts in the 4000 and 4100 series table saws.

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By FMichaud on June 24 2013
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The insert has some slack and wobble. Very hard to level flush to table top with the integrated screws. Even if there's webbing to strengthen it the plastic is too soft and flexes. If you need this to make rough job it's will do but don't expect this to suit for cabinetry or furniture kind of job.
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By Paul on April 7 2013
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Bends and distorts easily. I was hoping that it would be like the original that came with the saw (white metal). It will work when I need to rip thin strips.
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By ROGER BALL on March 19 2014
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Well made and not expensive. A great way to reduce tearout and safer on small slices, if you know what I mean.
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By Bob H on Dec 3 2014
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A strudy insert.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Does what it's supposed to do... June 25 2002
By Ron N. - Published on Amazon.com
Contrary to the only other current review, I found that this insert does exactly what it's designed to do. It fits well, was quite easy to level with four height adjustment screws and performed perfectly for me. I don't feel that the plastic is flimsy at all. It does flex, but the deflection has not interfered with any normal cutting operations. You shouldn't be putting downward pressure on the insert plate anyway!
I came across the only other review for this item when I just came back to order three more! For [price], it really does the trick & I plan to make more for my other special application blades. The zero clearance insert is a big improvement towards cleaner, safer cuts.
Four stars from me, five stars if the plate were about 5 mils thicker.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Not perfect, but works OK for cutting small pieces Sept. 6 2005
By Henry Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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There are two reasons to use a zero-clearance plate around your table saw blade:

- to support the workpiece more completely, for less chip-out and splintering; and

- to cut small pieces that would fall through the larger hole in the standard insert.

This insert requires finicky adjustment for the first point, but serves quite well for the second. In the tradeoff between lower cost and higher performance, this is the lower cost option.

The plate is made of molded plastic with a rectangular grid of supporting ridges on the underside. (It's very similar in construction to the standard insert plate, but made of plastic instead of metal.) Because the plate is soft enough for the saw blade to cut through easily, it isn't impressively stiff. And it's not just a drop-in replacement as the metal plates are; you must fasten it down with four phillips screws. And you can't just tighten these down all the way, either. The plate would normally sit below the level of the saw table. These fastening screws are just outside the height adjustment screws (which use slotted screws, so you'll need two different screwdrivers) and the plate is flexible enough that the combination of screws forms a spline curve rather than a fixed plane as you attempt to adjust both the height screws and the fastening screws.

At first thought you're probably appalled by this idea, but in practice you can make it work acceptably for 90 degree cuts. What I ended up doing was to make a curve that's uniform left to right, and dead even with the tabletop as it crests at the axis of the blade. A wide workpiece will be supported by the table proper, and it doesn't really matter if a narrower workpiece slides up and down a smooth curve as long as it's at exactly the right height as it crosses the blade.

The downside here is that if you're expecting to work with your miter gauge set to anything other than 90 degrees, you're limited to work that's wider than the insert because the plate won't be both flat and at table height. Alternatively you could build up the bottom of the plate with washers under the fastening screws, and something (Bondo?) at the long ends. Or you could just buy a more expensive replacement that's easier to make both flat and level.

Personally, I got this mostly to cut small trim pieces without having to go fish them out of the built-in bucket that collects sawdust under the blade. This insert was cheap and does an OK job for what I need.
45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
One accessory you can do without Jan. 8 2002
By "perfectioneers" - Published on Amazon.com
This zero clearance insert is made entirely of cheap thin plastic. It's nowhere near flat and flexes with the slightest pressure. When you talk about a zero clearance insert, you expect something that's flat and rigid. It is impossible to level the insert with the table because it is so flimsy and not flat to begin with. I don't know what they were thinking when they designed it...Or if they were thinking at all.
Anyways, pass this one up. I'm very dissatisfied with it. It' s just plain useless. Don't get me wrong. I love my other Bosch tools. They're great but someone seriously dropped the ball on this one. I just hope that Bosch (or someone else) corrects the problem and makes a zero clearance insert that's worthy of their name.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Shame on Bosch Sept. 10 2006
By Rob Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
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This thing is a toy. It has no place on a saw as well designed as the TS 4000.

Pros- It is red.


It is about as rigid as a blade of grass.

It is molded from material that is about as thin as a blade of grass.

It is impossible to make it level with your table because it flexes every time a board touches it.

Every time my saw starts, it catches a tiny sliver of the insert edge.

Bottom line- The best use for this thing might be as a template to make your own out of ply. Love my 4000. But, this insert is a waste.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
awful and unsafe Nov. 6 2007
By F. Carrino - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok this insert is beyond flimsy. It is extremely thin and does not stay flat. It flex's so badly that any small cut will cause the blade to bind and chop the edge of the insert, thus defeating the whole purpose of a ZERO clearance insert. Worse then any of that is if you are cutting a thin strip from the work piece while using a push stick the work piece can actually tilt to the side as it passes the blade causing serious kickback and jamming. To find a GOOD insert do a google search on "Bosch Zero Clearance Insert" and order one made from UHMW Polyethylene. They cost about $15 but last forever and are as thick as the metal insert that comes with the saw. The other option is to make your own from plywood, but be aware 1/4 inch ply is too thick for the plate. I used 1/4 baltic birch and ran it thru my planner to get an exact fit, then I had to rout the edges in a few places to get and exact ht on the edge. I did use the leveling screws out of the cheap plastic Bosch insert to level my plywood version. I hope this helps and if you do use this insert BE VERY CAREFUL!