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Forum topic by OwenATL posted 05-28-2015 07:56 PM 708 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OwenATL

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05-28-2015 07:56 PM

Hi all! So here’s my dilemma. I recently bought and restored a Delta 34-441 contractors saw with a 30” unifence. I put machined pulleys and a link belt on it, removed all the rust, and it runs great now. A week after doing that, I found a Jet JPS-10TS with a 30” fence for $250. It’s in very good shape and probably doesn’t really need any restoration work. I couldn’t resist that deal, even if I just end up reselling it. So now the question is, which saw do I keep?! I could probably sell either one for about $600-700.

They both have stamped wings, so are pretty similar in terms of build. The Jet is newer, but the Delta has been restored to function like new (so I guess I do have a slight emotional attachment to that one). But now they’re both in fairly similar condition. Anyone have experience with these two saws? All advice is welcome!

Thanks in advance!


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madts

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#1 posted 05-28-2015 10:07 PM

I think you kind of answered your own question. You bought a $250.00 saw for $250.00 and now want to sell for $600.00.
I think you will be keeping both .

Mads.

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OwenATL

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#2 posted 05-28-2015 10:16 PM


I think you kind of answered your own question. You bought a $250.00 saw for $250.00 and now want to sell for $600.00.
I think you will be keeping both .
- madts

The JET saw cost $1200 and it was purchased in 2013. How do you figure it is only worth $250 now? My $600 estimate is based on watching table saw listings online for a few months. In any case, I’m selling one of the saws and was asking for some thoughts and advice on which one to keep.

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#3 posted 05-28-2015 10:21 PM

I don’t think there are significant differences between the two saws. if they both run well and are in similarly good shape I would keep the one that has the fence I like working with more. I’m a Unifence fan as it’s what was on my Delta contractor saw I still use but I know some people find it a bit finicky.

The one other thing that might make the decision for me is if the Jet was new enough to have a riving knife I would keep that one.

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#4 posted 05-28-2015 11:31 PM

Sell them both and buy a cabinet saw.

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#5 posted 05-28-2015 11:34 PM



Sell them both and buy a cabinet saw.

- Shadowrider

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#6 posted 05-29-2015 12:26 AM


Sell them both and buy a cabinet saw.

- Shadowrider

What he said!

- bonesbr549

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-29-2015 12:26 AM



Sell them both and buy a cabinet saw.

- Shadowrider

If you can get enough for them, this would be my choice as well.

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Ghidrah

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#8 posted 05-29-2015 01:53 AM

1st try and sell them both if can’t then test both saws for table flatness and internal parts for integrity. If one doesn’t stand out significantly more keep the jet.

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#9 posted 05-29-2015 02:20 AM


Sell them both and buy a cabinet saw.

- Shadowrider

What he said!

- bonesbr549

What they said

- TheFridge


What they all said!

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#10 posted 05-29-2015 05:33 AM

The Delta is probably the better saw of the two but the Jet is two decades newer with a riving knife and probably has better dust collection. The Unifence is far superior to Jet’s fence, and it’s my belief the fence is the most important part of a saw. I doubt you will get more than $250-300 for the Delta unless your area is particularly hungry for them. Can’t say what the Jet is worth, maybe $600-700. If you could sell both and buy a Unisaw that would be nice. Otherwise it’s a decision I too would agonize over.

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#11 posted 05-29-2015 12:23 PM

Which to keep sort of depends on you and what you’d do with the proceeds from selling them. The Delta is likely slightly better built, but has the old style outboard motor, and the issues associated with that design. The Jet has a more updated design with some improvements. The Jet is from their ProShop series….depending on what era it’s from, it may or may not have a riving knife. (the 708480 series did not have a RK….the newer 708490 series did). Both ProShop series saws have a pretty decent Biese Lite clone fence sort of like the Delta T2….you may prefer the Unifence, but both are very respectable fences. They have comparable capabilities and duty ratings, so once adjusted and fitted with a proper blade, both should have similar performance.

There’s likely about a $400-$500 swing between their selling prices. If the extra $400-$500 means you can buy a major new tool that adds capability to your shop, like a jointer, planer, bandsaw, etc., go for it. If not, go with whichever saw you like the best.

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pintodeluxe

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#12 posted 05-29-2015 04:32 PM

Keep them both. Dedicate one to a dado blade, and put a general purpose blade on the other.
I have the Jet with cast iron wings, and have been very happy with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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