Jet cabinet saw re-hab #1: a new cener piece for the shop..... needs a little TLC

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 06-29-2012 03:39 AM 2318 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Jet cabinet saw re-hab series Part 2: mover over Barbie.... Evapo-rust is movin' in »

I posted about my good fortune scoring this early 80’s Jet CTAS10 with Biesemeyer fence and 50” table….

Here she is…. just needs a little TLC

I hit the top with course steel wool to get the flakey red rust off

upon taking things apart I have these observations…

The Biesemeyer fence is really rugged…. tube is straight as and arrow, even after some rough handling, and the ‘L’ brackets are really rugged… must be 1/4” angle.

Fortunately, the arbor bearings appear to be nice and tight….as I can’t get any wiggle on the arbor at all.

Top is flat as a pancake

I was surprised to see this old saw came with an angle plate and DC hook up.

We fired up the motor at work, b4 I brought her home…. so at least I know it runs.

The top….. well…. that’s why i only paid $100…. so I’ll be giving Evapo-rust a try and see if it lives up to it’s reputation.

The saw was used in the corrugated shop to cut built up corrugated blocks…. and it was not hooked up to DC ….. so the cab was packed full of clumpy shredded paper dust….. did I say packed full? I mean packed FULL.

Even the blade is sharp and appears to be a decent one.

So follow along if you want to laugh at my travails….

I’m very psyched, as I never thought I would be able to afford a 3 HP cabinet saw…. but with some sweat equity, I will hopefully make this saw the center piece of my shop.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 03:45 AM

missed this pic….

notice that they had been running the saw with only one belt :^O

Trunnions are fairly beefy.

The tilt and raising action is very stiff…. but I’m hoping it’s really all due to the dust packed into every nook and cranny.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 11:17 AM

Congrats on your score. Sounds like a thorough cleaning and greasing etc. and you will be pretty much ready to go!!

I am not familiar with other Jet tools but their table saws seem to be a solid well built piece of machinery.

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 12:07 PM

Great saw should last you for a very long time enjoy it my friend.
You made a great buy.
Thanks for posting

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 12:12 PM

Looks like it will be a fine saw after you get through with it.

It’s amazing what some people will do to a piece of equipment.

The angle and height controls should be fine once they’ve been cleaned and lubricated.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 01:14 PM

Sweet! Really a single C-note for it. This is going to be good…I look forward to installments.

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 05:05 PM

If any body else ever gets into one of these old Jets (CTS or CTAS).... you’ll soon discover that they are no longer supported for parts and service….

But… the early model JTAS saws are supported, and I learned from another LJ, that some of the parts are interchangeable.

Fortunately for me, the lock knob for the control wheels is one of those parts.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 10:27 PM

Great find!

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#8 posted 04-07-2013 03:22 PM

Yes that looks like the same saw for sure so I will be watching intently to see your progress. I have been a lurker for the last 2 years so I need a couple of posts before it will allow me to message you, but I will as soon as I can.

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