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Review: JET Hybrid Table Saw JPS-10

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This is my first tool review and I know it is not something new to the market, but still sold so, I figured I would throw it out there for others.

Recently bought a JET Hybrid Table Saw JPS-10 . Up until now I had my dad’s hand-me-down, 30-year-old Delta/Rockwell, 1-hp Model 9 Contractor Saw. The fence was horrible, it had metal lattice work wings (finger catchers), a bearing had gone in the motor and it was loud as hell (forget the dime test, it couldn’t pass the push stick test… where I leave a push stick on the table top and it vibrated off). Then in the midst my last project, the worm drive that raised the blade fell out of alignment and only had 1/2” of vertical play. So I decided it was time for her to retire.

Experience level:
Always hard to gauge on a personal level… perhaps advanced novice. I enjoy working with wood. Learned growing up from my dad; as I got old he told me I had a bull in a china shop mentality which was great for rough work but lousy for finish work… I took that as a challenge to learn the patience needed to do finish carpentry. Been working at it for the past 7 years or so I guess. I have done larger scale projects like coffered ceilings, built in bookshelves, custom door frames; mid-sized furniture like desks, tables and credenzas and smaller projects like boxes, end tables, toys and lettering.

Thought Process:
Just to share my thinking on what got me here because I found it helpful to know people’s motivation in making purchases like this.

I spent waaaay too many hours over thinking my second TS but first TS purchase. I knew some of the things I wanted but I was really surprised how flooded the market was. I do not have 220v in my basement shop and I have a slightly small door leading downstairs. So as much as I would have liked a cabinet saw, even looking at the used one’s on Craig’s List (a source I am very comfortable with and buy a fair number of tools from), once I tallied up upgraded electrical service and likely a new fence and even wondering if it would fit in the basement, I kind of ruled that out.

After kind of ruling out a cabinet saw, I looked at the current selection of hybrid and contractor saws out there both used and new. Seemed like the best idea to go with the hybrid style if I was going to buy it new… why go with an old design nowadays. Based on the perceived value I placed on it, I really had it down to the Grizzly Hybrid and a Ridgid 4512. Personally, I was not real keen on mail ordering a TS without ever touching it and with the Griz of Ridgid, that would be what I had to do… no HD within countless miles had one in stock. I kept kind of eyeing the Jet Proshop, and upon reading reviews of it, it seemed that it was a great saw, just kind of overpriced for what you get. I liked the price of the Ridgid, but I also had to factor in shipping and a new fence to the bottom line. Oddly enough, I found a Woodcraft that I had never been into and stopped to look at a lathe they had on sale and low and behold, I found a floor model JET Proshop assembled at Woodcraft for 30% off because JET was replacing the splitter with the riving knife. This was a great deal IMO and I have read about after-market riving knives you can add for less than my discount, so I figured no downside.

Saw:
So thoughts on the saw… in a word “love”. It is a great upgrade; more horsepower, bigger blade and tighter fence than before. I have not run a lot of stock through it, but I was in the midst of building a desk for my daughter when the old saw died. Most of the oak was already ripped, but I still had to cut some Brazilian Rosewood and Purpleheart inlays to the top. It sliced through it no problem; the hard wood did not cause any slowdown and the Rosewood was a thin piece to start with and it split it perfectly (thank goodness the fence sits so square). Mine came assembled and kudos the folks at Woodcraft in their assembly, everything was square when I got it in my shop :) The fence is super easy to adjust and lock in. I stuck on the ruler that it came with but still have the habit checking with my tape measure (my old fence needed a quadruple check to get any squareness) but every time it is setup perfect.

I ultimately needed to rip and join some oak as accent pieces on the desk and a piece I had previously ripped that I thought was square baffled me because when I put it on the table against the fence, it was not square. I thought the fence was off, but it was the wood from my old table. So long story long, fence is great, some people reported some flex that can be shimmed out, I have not had that yet.

There are a lot of nice little features that perhaps all the new TS have but I did not realize were there. To change the blade, there is a button you can push on the table to lock the arbor and then use a wrench to remove the collar. Unnecessary? Sure, but it is a nice bonus. The miter track is also a T-track, again, a nice feature. The location of the power button and the large paddle for the off switch is great too. In fact, I inadvertently hit it with my hip while pushing an awkward piece of wood, so it definitely works in a panic like that.

The saw is substantial. It is much heavier than my old saw, but the base and feet are also better positioned and it sits soundly on the ground. No wiggle or pushing even pushing long oak boards through it. It is incredibly quiet (again my contrast might not be the best), but I was surprised how quietly it fired up and ran. The footprint is larger compared to my old saw. I have it in the same spot in the shop, but it is earmarked for a reconfiguration because of the new saw. Would have been nice if they included a dado insert, but I will pick up a zero clearance addition, nbd.

Anyway, I am very happy with the purchase. I know there is a lot of talk around these parts about “it is just $xxx less than a cabinet saw”, but is very true, but is you can do everything you need to do for $xxx less, that is $xxx more you can spend on lumber or other toys ;) That aside, it for me it wasn’t the tool price per se but the price coupled with needing to upgrade service, get it delivered, etc (I got the JET saw with my dad borrowing a friend’s pickup truck. Adding another 150-200lbs to the equipment would have prohibited that).

Everyone has to look at their own scenario, but I think this saw is a great combination of power, features and price… at least at the price I paid for it and it will probably last me until I hand it down to one of my kids and buy the next iteration, like my dad did.




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#1 posted 842 days ago

I bought the same saw (upgraded from a very old Jet) about a year ago, and love it. I cut quite a bit of heavy (8/4) oak with mine, and it handles it fine. It required a good thin kerf blade to do it though. The little blade changing button is useless on mine, as something gets jammed up with sawdust.

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#2 posted 842 days ago

I thought the newer Jet “Pro Shop” came with a riving knife? Regardless…........you bought a sweet machine. Have fun with it,

John

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#3 posted 842 days ago

Congrats on your new TS.

Nice to have a saw that is well built and has a good fence on it. Makes woodworking so much more fun not to have to hassle with the critical cuts.

Lot of woodworkers in VA and NC area where I live have Jet Proshop or cabinet saws and are very happy with the quality and service of their product.

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#4 posted 842 days ago

John, you are correct the new ones do have a riving knife. This was an unused floor model of the prior version without the riving knife and as such came assembled and was 30% off.

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#5 posted 842 days ago

I have the Ridgid 4512 and even if you had a home depot around, I doubt you could put your hands on it. In the several I have been to, they do not have it set up, only in the box.

Mine is is a little over 6 months and in for a pullry replacement. Kept coming loose and the set screw seemed to be busted during assembly. Problem appeared under heavier load of dadoing.

Good luck with the saw

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#6 posted 842 days ago

great review.

When I was in the market for a saw this was my go-to choice. unfortunately it was over my budget at the time, and ended up with something else. but always remembered it was a solid saw bar none.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 841 days ago

I am sure Home Depot and Lowes are trying to maximize floor space for as many tools as possible and I am sure they have people who spend extensive time studying who buys what and how man of such and such sell based on having a floor model out, but I find it unfortunate that, at least in Michigan, more and more of these stores have entirely pulled larger tools from the showroom floor if you will. Sure makes it tough to touch and play with any larger woodworking equipment when I am in the market.

Actually, I was even disappointed with Rockler’s in-store selection. Really they had a Sawstop and then just pushed the Festool rail system (like a panel saw). The on-hand stock and knowledge of those at Woodcraft was quite refreshing.

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#8 posted 841 days ago

Rb12, I remember seeing one of these JPS-10s up close….I think it was at (woodCraft?). I was really impressed with this machine. Everything about it just looked rugged.

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#9 posted 841 days ago

Congrats!

I’ve got the same saw (52” though) and I’m very happy with it. The little blade change button on mine is also worthless; doesn’t actually hold. I do strongly recommend thin kerf blades; I just changed over and it’s like a new saw. Much better performance.

Please let me know if you find an after market riving knife for this saw, I haven’t been able to find one. The BORK will not work due to the design of the saw. I just ordered a Shark Guard to replace the stock splitter/guard. I like to use the guard, but it is a bit of a pain to swap every time I use my crosscut sled. I’d like a riving knife, but no luck so far.

Enjoy the saw!

-- John

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#10 posted 841 days ago

I too have this saw look at my blog to see how i built an extension table for it. My blade change button works flawlessly. Just make sure your saw blade is all the way up and rotate the blade till the button engages the arbor then make sure it’s all the way up again.

Are you guys all running on120v or 220v?

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#11 posted 841 days ago

120v.

My button slips as soon as I apply force on the wrench even engaged exactly as you describe. At least they also provided the wrench and not just the button.

-- John

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#12 posted 841 days ago

I have been tempted to switch mine to 240v (220) so I could get the extra Power out of it.

As for the blade, how tight are you on that auger nut? You don’t have to really tighten it to tight since the saw blade spins in a tightening fashion the nut shouldn’t loosen up. Just a little tightness will do ya.

I would love to see a picture of the Riving knife unless it’s the same splitter and guard set up as my 2 year old saw has.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#13 posted 840 days ago

I have mine wired at 120v. I have never used it at 240, but I have a hard time imagining it would be that much better. Then again, if I had the skill set to do it myself, I probably would ;) I have wired new breakers into the box before, but under some good supervision. Otherwise, I will stick with running new outlets, dimmers and light fixtures and leave the rest of it to the experts.

I put on a Dewalt thin kerf blade on mine. The factory provided blade was ok, but will likely be relegated to ripping duty on the miter saw at some point. I have been happy with Dewalt

Interesting about the BORK riving knife not working. Oh well. TBH, having a riving knife or not was not a huge selling point to me.

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#14 posted 837 days ago

Great review! I got this saw about a month ago and I am not regretting my purchase. I checked the blade with a digital gauge and a new sanding disk and it was half of one thousandth true to the miter slot. So I would consider that dead on from the factory!

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#15 posted 837 days ago

Congrats on the saw upgrade

-- Norman

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