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Forum topic by Khrys posted 06-09-2015 06:01 PM 628 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Khrys

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06-09-2015 06:01 PM

Hello all, first time.
Need help selecting a table saw.
Here are my options.
1. A Jet JWTS-10CW, contractor table saw with 1.5 hp 115/230VAC motor setup for 115VAC with cast iron wing. Also includes an Incra LS-TS Precision Fence.
or
2. Ridgid r4512 brand new.

Any help???? Thanks in advance.


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knotscott

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#1 posted 06-09-2015 06:19 PM

Couple of questions to start off…..are you limited to those two options, or are those just two of the most viable options you’re aware of? If possible, I’d add the Delta 36-725 to the list of considerations in a brand new saw…it has a better fence than the R4512 IMO, and a better track record.

How much is the Jet? The Jet has cast iron wings and a great fence going for it, but it also has an outdated style splitter, an outboard motor, and could even be right tilt depending on it’s age….if they want $1500 for it, they’re way out in the weeds….at $500-$600, it could be a good buy IMO if it’s in nice shape.

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WoodNSawdust

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 06:21 PM

I don’t have either saw, but I do have the Incra LS-TS fence and love it! As knotscott said it depends on price.

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Khrys

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 06:24 PM

The Jet is $750 right now, although it is a Craigslist so I may be able to get it down. Looking for the best option around $600 or less. The Jet is coming from a woodworker who is downsizing and appears to be in good condition. But, I’m not even sure how to check the condition other than working with it. I don’t want a situation where it stops working, which is my biggest concern. I will look up the Delta.

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 06-09-2015 06:30 PM

If you would take a few minutes and search just this site alone, you will find many threads by people asking the same question (weekly, and sometimes, daily). No need in repeating what has been said many times over.

And, welcome aboard.
Mike

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Khrys

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 06:36 PM

If the Jet is in good shape is it the best option? Thanks

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 08:02 PM

I’d vote for it and the incra fence.

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alittleoff

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#7 posted 06-09-2015 08:02 PM

The delta recommendation is one to think about. I researched a lot before I bought mine for 500.00 and consider it as the best deal I’ve got in a long time. I love it. Cuts straight, plenty of power for me, and the fence is one of the best. But there’s other saws that are great saws. Just look, research and find one that pleases you, where YOU will be satisfied. Remember you will be the one using it.
Gerald

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knotscott

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#8 posted 06-09-2015 08:32 PM


If the Jet is in good shape is it the best option? Thanks

- Khrys

That depends on how you define “best”. There are pros and cons with each, and neither is better in all regards. You won’t find universal agreement about which is best of anything around here, except the website!

They’re both essentially full size cast iron saws with similar power belt drive induction motors. One has more updated features, a good fence that’s super easy to use, return privileges, and a warranty….the other is better proven with a very precise fence. It’s worth noting that the Incra fence takes up a lot of space, as does the outboard motor. The Jet might have more motor power, but it also has a longer belt with less efficient power transfer, so there may be no noticeable cutting benefit from the difference in the actual power rating of the motors. You’ll need to make a list of things you like and don’t like about each, then decide which makes the most sense to you. The end performance of each is very dependent on the setup and blade selection.

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MrUnix

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#9 posted 06-09-2015 08:59 PM

The Jet might have more motor power, but it also has a longer belt with less efficient power transfer, so there may be no noticeable cutting benefit from the difference in the actual power rating of the motors.

Curious statement… I’ve never heard that a longer belt results in less efficient power transfer. In fact, in all the formulas for determining belt power transmission I’ve seen (such as this one), none even mention length between pulleys.

Cheers,
Brad

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knotscott

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#10 posted 06-09-2015 09:19 PM


The Jet might have more motor power, but it also has a longer belt with less efficient power transfer, so there may be no noticeable cutting benefit from the difference in the actual power rating of the motors.

Curious statement… I ve never heard that a longer belt results in less efficient power transfer. In fact, in all the formulas for determining belt power transmission I ve seen (such as this one), none even mention length between pulleys.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Longer belts generally mean more vibration. It’s worth noting the motor differences are a minor 2 amps (15 vs 13). In this case, there are also significantly different belt and pulley styles in the drive system….they basically have different drive systems.

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