I found an old, well-worn Jet contractor saw locally through Craigslist. It came with a Delta Unifence, so even with some replacement parts and repairs factored in, I got it for a steal at $175. It was quite a job to horse it home by myself, but with the help of an appliance dolly I managed to get it out of its old basement and into my basement.
I thought it might be fun for someone if I occasionally post updates here. And I certainly welcome all the tips and suggestions that anyone might offer.
Here is the plate – “Series” is simply “JET”. Serial Number is “46”. Jet customer service is helping me figure out what I have.
Black Unifence rail, angle bracket for attaching rail to entension/router tale on right side, and stamped steel left wing underneath them.
Unifence body. (Sitting on my old benchtop saw with aluminum top, not the new project saw.)
Old (warped) right wing extension table (top will be replaced). They also threw in an old roller stand for free.
Shop-made zero clearance insert was on the saw. If I can’t find prefab ones to fit this saw, it will be a template for me.
Previous owner kept lots of unused hardware – should be useful for me.
Rear. Motor rated at 1.5 hp.
Old, rusty, corroded Freud blade was in the saw – won’t even try to save it, the teeth are in horrible shape.
Deposits of tar/pitch and sawdust. This is the front of the saw, where the blade moves downward and flings the fresh-cut debris downward and forward. This gunk is caked in the threads of the blade angle mechanism, making it very stiff.
Previous owner jerry-rigged a new switch (holes in the front show where the original was). He was a contractor, so this is the kind of handy thing one might expect. It works fine, but I probably will replace with a proper safety switch.
The original splitter and guard are gone, but this appears to be the attachment point for the splitter. One of my top priorities. In the back of the saw, in the middle of the trunion, is an empty threaded hole. I wonder if that has something to do with the blade guard as well…
And here she is in my shop, ready to be rehabbed.
I will use the Unifence, rebuild the rightside extention table and hang my router lift in it. I have a complete mobile base (with extension) ordered. When finished, it will fill up my little shop, but it will double as my general purpose worktable as well as my table saw.
Wish me luck!