|Review by Ben||posted 09-01-2009 04:11 AM||3698 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I finally received my supersaw after two months on backorder. It was worth the wait. Jet ran a Fathers day deal in June and I got it cheap.
I spent the better part of a Saturday putting the whole machine together. Everything was packaged well and there was no damage. I would rate the manual a 7 out of 10. I did spend 20 minutes looking for one package of bolts that they had packed inside one of the fence rails with the cap on it. I finally read the manual very closely to discover where the bolts were hidden. The blade guard and splitter assembly were a little tricky to figure out but I finally got it. The sliding table went on very easily.
This saw runs very smoothly. It weighs around 450 pounds which does a lot to dampen vibration. It passed the nickel test easily. For grins, I tried the penny test and it aced that also. I ripped some 4/4 red oak with a cheap blade I had laying around and had no problems. I haven’t tried to cut anything thicker than that yet.
I really like the sliding table. With the table fully extended in the rear position and the miter gauge mounted in the back there is about 25 inches from the blade to the miter gauge fence, effectively allowing you to crosscut 24-25 inches depending on your blade height. The miter gauge has a locking bracket that serves as a stop block and lets you crosscut identical length boards.
The fence is a dream. It locks down very well with no deflection. The saw has 60 inches of rip capacity to the right of the blade. I don’t know if I will ever need that much capacity but, it will be nice to have.
There is no miter slot to the left of the blade. This is frustrating if you use a tenoning jig. I am going to keep my contractor saw for tenons until I get a jig that fits my new saw. The motor is only 1 3/4 horsepower. I don’t know if I will ever need more power but, for now, I can always use my bandsaw for stock thicker than 2 inches.
I gave this saw four stars. One reason being the lack of a miter slot when you get the sliding table option. The other reason I didn’t give it five stars is that it is pretty pricey at the regular price. Had mine not been on sale, I doubt I would have paid $2,000 for it. If you can find it on sale, jump on it. If you want a top-of-the- line tablesaw and are constrained to 115 volts I don’t think you will find anything better than the Supersaw. However, at full price, a better option might be to upgrade to 230 volts and get a true cabinet saw.