J-Line Table Saw

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Blog entry by bblooz posted 07-07-2010 06:06 AM 9783 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am looking for some advice/experience regarding an old Broadhead-Garret J-Line Table Saw. I have a line on one and was thinking about replacing my old Craftsman Table saw with it. It has some kind of proprietary fencing system, so upgrading the fence down the line is most likely out. Anybody out there had any experience with these saws? The saw has two cast table top extensions, and has a 3 Hp single phase motor, so hookup shouldn’t be a problem for my home shop. Nearest I can figure this was made in the 1960s.

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 06:26 AM

I’ve only heard of j line lathes . I would think about where you might get parts.

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 02:49 AM

buy it ! then go to You should be able to put almost any fence system on it.

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 07:23 PM

I found that this saw was actually made by Yates-American. I checked the existing fence, and it was actually pretty accurate. It rides on four bearings that roll allong the fence rail, which is smooth and should be adjustable. The angle was dead parallel with the miter slot, so you can’t ask for much more than that. An auxiliary fence should be easy enough to fabricate for ripping. I actually tested the saw yesterday for blade clearance, running at tilt and depth settings, etc.

That being said, I decided to take the plunge and bought the saw. I am picking it up tomorrow, so I prepped my Craftsman for clearance. I cleaned the top and took pix, then posted it on Craigslist. My dream would be to sell it this evening, so I can roll the Yates right into place. It isn’t the prettiest tool (the shop teacher at the school it came from painted it a sandy brown color), but I’m sure it will get plenty of use. I’ll post some pictures once I get it in place.

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 07:31 PM

congrats! sounds like a winner

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#5 posted 07-30-2010 08:27 PM

Well, I have the beast in my shop now. The cast iron top included two iron extensions. It didn’t look that big in the showroom, but it looks like an aircraft carrier deck in my shop! The main table is 28” deep x 22”wide. There is an 11” exlension to the left and another 22” to the right, for a table surface of 28×55” overall. It appears to be an identical casting as the top, without the throat for the blade milled out. I built a mobile base, using the universal kit from Woodcraft (more on that – probably open a new line on that one). I just sold my older Craftsman Contactor type saw last night too (yea – helps ofset the new acqusition $$$). I am a happy camper and am looking forward to many years of use from this one. BTW, I found that this saw was used at one of the local University’s art department since the ‘60s. This explains the repaint on the cabinet (with a brush, no less!). It doen’t look like it got much use and is in great shape mechanically. I may restore it back to original battleship grey later, but works just fine in desert sand for now. Posted some pix below…..

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 01:06 PM

I recently purchased a j line table saw just like that! I haven’t hooked it up yet. I was wondering how you are getting along with it or if you have any tips or advice on using it?

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