So, after working with a few battery powered tools and some very basic hand tools, I convinced my girlfriend that I could be much more productive, efficient, and accurate with a table saw. The only thing missing now was money…
Being low on funds and “in the right place at the right time” I was given an old and very poorly maintained Delta Contractor saw from a friend who’s father recently passed away. In my excitement to get it back to the house and clean it up(the table was in sad shape) I neglected to notice the absence of a motor… Also missing but easily replaceable was the fence(the rails probably need replacing) and the miter gauge(which I’m sure was nothing special to begin with.)
So, after some research I found a guy who restored this exact same model of saw he had purchased for 50 bucks in slightly better condition than the one I now had in my possession. On starting the task of cleaning up the table and the innards, I got a close look at the motor mount and trunnions… apparently the motor mount had cracked at one point and had been welded(again, very poorly.) When this was done, they welded the huge nuts holding the trunnions in place to the mount… Things aren’t looking good at this point… by the time I start looking at what it would cost to fix this saw up the dollars just kept adding up till it seemed it would cost more to fix than to replace with the newer identical model.
Then I get a call from my CPA. As it turns out, I was able to recoup a substantial amount of money paid in taxes due to a business loss several years ago… So I started looking around and decided on the new Jet Deluxe XACTA Saw… I was doing my usual research before making a large purchase and found that Jet was offering a $100.00 rebate on the saw and $25.00 rebate on their 1100CFM dust collector… I thought “wow, that’s a pretty good deal.. they’re basically throwing in a Forest WWII” Then I notice they’re also offering a free pair of their 31” parallel clamps with the Deluxe XACTA Saw… “even better I thought” so I went to a few online retailers to check pricing and found out that WoodCraft had a 10% off sale on Jet/Powermatic for one day only on Saturday 4-14… That’s when I decided I probably wouldn’t find a better deal any where else… this is almost 20% off the going street price… So, I bit… I sprung for the 708674PK and the 708639. It’s a huge step for me and a lot of money, but I think it will be well worth the investment, and something I will have for many years to come.
Look for a full review and lots of pictures of it’s arrival, un-crating, set-up etc. when it comes, followed by many many projects :-D
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