|Review by Cato||posted 05-09-2012 11:13 AM||8484 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
I bought this table saw in March and I thought I would review it here as you have to do some digging to find reviews on this saw. The only other I found on this site was by Walnutz, a few months back.
I have a blog with pics on the arrival condition and assembly on the saw so I won’t go into detail on that except to say that the saw arrived in absolutely perfect condition neatly on a pallet and shrink wrapped.
This is my first true cabinet saw but in my research of and looking at the manuals of the machines I was interested in, I knew that there would be minimal assembly compared to my Ridgid saw.
There were no issues at all in attaching the wings, mounting the fence assembly, or adjusting the saw and I was impressed that the factory included their quality control sheet. I double checked these settings with my dial just in case something had gotten jostled in shipment but they were spot on.
What lead me to this saw was that it combined the features I liked about the Grizzly G0690 and their 1023 model, both of which were front runners in my search. It also fit the top end of my budget.
This is a 3hp saw which is enough for me as a hobbyist so I did not need the 5hp model. It has a really nice modular blade guard riving knife assembly that can be run as a full set up or you can remove the guard portion and just use the knife and pawls or remove the pawls and just have the knife. I did have to purchase a low profile riving knife for non through cuts, make up a power cord, and I ordered the Jet mobile base which works great.
The fence is the Exacta II, and it is a very nice and heavy duty fence. Once adjusted it has stayed true.
This saw has a blade shroud dust collection setup and that is a feature I was hoping would be an improvement over the standard sloped bottom style you see in most saws. Wow, here is a pic taken last week after over a month without opening the cab door. My trash can separator was half full from walnut and mahogany I have been using on a table project, and this is what was left in the saw!!
Same time frame in my other saw I would be using a brush and vacuum to clean out the interior.
From all that I can see and have experienced thus far, this saw is very solidly built, superb fit and finish, smooth running with plenty of power and really all that I hoped it would be. I have cut up to 10/4 walnut and it just slides right through with no burns and all you hear is a smooth cutting sound. Very very nice!!
This is a mid priced cabinet saw and I paid roughly $1920 when I caught it on sale, and ordered it from Tools Plus and had it delivered with liftgate service to my house.
This is my first piece of Jet machinery and this model has been out for several years now. I am on a local forum in my area where at least 4 owners of the same saw told me it was just a great saw, and very good customer service from Jet. It comes with a 5 year warranty.
Because all of the major brand equipment companies offer so much machinery you have to carefully evaluate and research each piece. One company may have a killer quality table saw, yet fall on their face with a planer, or band saw offering, so it takes some careful sorting and research in equipment buying.
I hope I have covered the necessary items in this now that I read it, lengthy review. If I have not make a comment or send me a PM.