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older delta or jet contractor saw?

by Gaffneylumber
posted 10-12-2016 01:25 AM

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 01:13 PM

I had the same Jet saw as pictured. It worked quite well. Sold it for $400 this year. It was in great shape. $175 seems like a very good price.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 01:48 PM

Older is better in my opinion to a point. Fences got much better in the past 30 or so years, anything prior to that from a reputable manufacturer is likely to be a good saw if it has been taken care of but the fence may leave something to be desired. Newer saws do have more features and sometimes better fences but in most cases aren’t as robust as old iron. I would prefer the Rockwell you have pictured to the JET, but as far as asian machines go, an older JET could be a great machine if it’s been maintained and not abused.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 02:30 PM

Thanks guys for the info. I’m thinking about going to look at the Jet and inspect it really well and if I see problems, I’ll go with the delta/rockwell. I’m new to buying tools as I’ve always been spoiled and had family members with good shops that I can use. What are some things you guys would look for?

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 03:42 PM

Seems like you would want your Dad’s saw over someone else.

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 03:47 PM

Seems like you would want your Dad s saw over someone else.

- coxhaus

There’s a lot to be said about using for father’s/grandfather’s tools….especially when they’re roughly comparable to something your considering buying. A new blade and something like the Delta T3 fence could make an old Delta/ROckwell saw a real gem. (HD has the T3 for ~ $190…you can sell the old jetlock fence for ~ $50 to offset cost)

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#6 posted 10-12-2016 06:21 PM

You know you have a good point @coxhaus. One day I will be thankful to have a saw to carry on my dad’s legacy. And thanks for the tip on the fence @knotscott. $190 for a newer style fence isn’t a bad price. I think you guys have swayed me to grab my dad’s saw. I’ll use the jetlock for now until I save up enough for the t3. That way I’ll appreciate the t3 after having grumbled at the jetlock. I was really only looking at the Jet table saw for the name and price. But if I were to replace the fence and belt on the delta it would last forever. Thanks for the wisdom!

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#7 posted 10-12-2016 08:34 PM

I have the Delta Model 10, its been a good saw. The fence is fun to complain about, but they do work. The Jet version seems to bring more money.

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