• Advertise with us
Blog entry by Mark D. posted 04-16-2008 01:07 AM 1417 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of I FINALLY BOUGHT A TABLESAW! :-D series Part 2: Today is a very sad, sad day.... :-( »

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

-- Looking for free wood working plans? Visit us at

13 comments so far

View teenagewoodworker's profile


2727 posts in 3767 days

#1 posted 04-16-2008 01:30 AM

wow thats great. i can’t wait to see the review. thanks for the post.

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3820 days

#2 posted 04-16-2008 01:32 AM

Wow. You have been bitten by the tool bug!!!!

This is a great buy. You are getting some quality tools at rock bottom prices. If I were you I would also go out and buy some lottery tickets. Who knows, it certainly does look like this is your lucky week.

I will be looking forward to seeing the reviews and the installation pictures.


-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Jimthecarver's profile


1124 posts in 3784 days

#3 posted 04-16-2008 01:34 AM

I have that saw and you will love it…It was money well spent. The money made from this saw has paid for itself many times over.
Congrats on your purchase.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 3987 days

#4 posted 04-16-2008 02:24 AM

Very cool. Now about a review on it?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Chris 's profile


1879 posts in 3989 days

#5 posted 04-16-2008 03:37 AM

Very Nice Mark… What will you have your sights set on next?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

View Todd A. Clippinger's profile

Todd A. Clippinger

8901 posts in 4098 days

#6 posted 04-16-2008 06:18 AM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

View jcees's profile


1058 posts in 3797 days

#7 posted 04-16-2008 09:21 AM

You’ll never regret your decision to upgrade. I suffered with the shortcomings of a good contractor’s saw for years before I found a steal-of-a-deal on a used Powermatic 66 cabinet saw. I will never go back. And if I lost it tomorrow, I’d buy a new one the day after. They are just that good.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

View motthunter's profile


2141 posts in 3797 days

#8 posted 04-16-2008 11:49 AM

sounds like a victory for you. good luck.

-- making sawdust....

View SPalm's profile


5320 posts in 3880 days

#9 posted 04-16-2008 02:45 PM

New tools. Yea!!! I don’t think you will regret it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View freedom75's profile


17 posts in 3692 days

#10 posted 04-16-2008 04:03 PM


I have a Jet tablesaw I recently bought at one of the 1 day sales at woodcraft and I love it. it is quiet doesnt vibrate like my other saw did and is a joy to use. Good luck on putting it together . I had to do mine alone and it took me a bit to ge it done but it was a labor of love


-- John, Greensboro NC noobie Woodworker

View Bill's profile


2579 posts in 4160 days

#11 posted 04-16-2008 05:30 PM

Way to go Mark. I am looking forward to reading your blog on the new table saw, and seeing the projects you build with it. Sounds like a good match for what you need.

Has it been delivered yet?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

View Mark D.'s profile

Mark D.

155 posts in 3766 days

#12 posted 04-16-2008 11:09 PM

See Part II :-(

-- Looking for free wood working plans? Visit us at

View Bill's profile


2579 posts in 4160 days

#13 posted 04-17-2008 06:12 PM

That is too bad, but it is still on the horizon.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics