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Blog entry by Chet posted 07-15-2009 11:37 PM 694 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you had a choice of good used saws, a Bosch 4000 or a jet jt 10

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 07-15-2009 11:45 PM

As a contractor, I have been around a lot of various brands on the jobsite. I have a DeWalt 10” jobsite saw and it has a very accurate fence.

I like the Bosch, it seems to be a very accurate saw as well. I do not know of anybody that owns the Jet nor have I seen one in person so it would be hard to say.

I like the Ridgid jobsite saw as well. It was very accurate and powerful as well.

The Makita units have horrible fence systems on them.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 07-15-2009 11:50 PM

Are you talking about the Jet jobsite saw-that looks like the Bosch?——-That number pulled up their wet sharpener.

If so, I would be comfortable with either one


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#3 posted 07-15-2009 11:54 PM

I’m a contractor also and I agree with what Todd said right down the line. I guess the only thing I might add is if your going to use your saw in the shop you might consider a larger model contractor saw that would be more powerful and more stable.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 12:54 AM

I agree with a1Jim wholeheartedly.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 01:39 AM

As another contractor, I guess I should weigh in too?

Although I am not sure of what purpose you want the saw for? If you want a contractors saw then the advice above is very sound. I have the Bosch one and it has served me well for jobsite rough cuts and ripping. My Bosh is both sturdy and quite easy to move around the site. I have seen/used the rigid saw, the jet saw, the dewalt, the makita and a few others I don’t remember names for.

If you want a saw for serious woodworking…I would not look at any of the ones mentioned as they are not meant for the accurate cuts needed in finish woodworking, nor are they powerful enough to cut/rip thicker hardwoods. They also have the drawback of being small (purposefully) and their smaller tables leave much to be desired for cutting larger pieces. Another serious drawback of the contractor’s saws is the short arbors. You cannot fit very much in the way of dado blades for wider cuts…and forget a cheaper wobbler.

For serious woodworking you would at minimum want a hybrid type TS or a jet, delta or powermatic cabinet table saw with a 2hp motor or higher….which of course requires 220 or higher voltage…by the way, if you dont have 220 to your shop there is a nice voltage power converter that uses two 110 plugs…

Well that adds my 2cents…add it to a buck and you might get a cup of coffee somewhere.

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