|Review by Dano||posted 02-19-2008 04:50 AM||13607 views||1 time favorited||30 comments|
I ordered this saw from Amazon on Monday and it was delivered on the following Friday utilizing their free shipping. I was worried that it might be damaged in route as it seems other have had similar experiences. However, it arrived in pristine condition, shrink wrapped to a wooden pallet.
The saw was easy to assemble as there are only 4 pieces, the base, the saw, trunnion, and the table. Instructions are good and everything was there. The base does not have any “feet” and thus the base sets directly on the floor. This seems to cause it to rock and if I were not going to mount it on a mobile base I would either install some feet or shim the base to eliminate the instability. The table is 15 inches square and appears to be flat but I haven’t laid a straight edge on it yet. There is a quick release lever to release tension on the blade and I think it is a great addition.
One of the promotional offers was a free fence and miter gage which was included with the shipment (Jet said that they sent this with the rebate check so I was surprised to see it). The miter gage is pretty basic but will certainly work and is comparable to what you would expect to find in a contractor type table saw. The fence is aluminum and seems to lock well but there is little if any angular adjustment. The fence does have a resaw adapter that is supposed to attach through a slot in the fence positioned at the leading edge of the blade but the way the slot is cut it is several inches forward of that location. I am not sure is this is in error or not but plan to contact JET to find out.
I have read that the Jet blades are junk and my test cuts seem to indicate this to be correct. The cut does not seem to be as fast as I would expect and there is a thunking noise that I have contributed to a bad weld on the blade. Here again since I have ordered a riser block I will replace the blade with a premium version.
Overall it seems to be very well made and should perform as needed with a new blade. Given the price of 600 bucks, 50 dollar rebate, no sales tax, and free shipping I think it is a very good value. But, since Jet is throwing in a fence and miter gage too I think it is an incredible deal. As I learn more about it I will update the review to give you my impressions after use.
-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!