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Forum topic by slaphitter posted 09-26-2007 01:54 AM 7402 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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slaphitter

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09-26-2007 01:54 AM

Just by wild luck, I stumbled on an ad for a “Jet Tablesaw” in my own town. I just went over and inspected, and purchased, it. It is an old cabinet saw (the woman thinks it’s at least 15 years old). But lightly used. Needs a tuneup, but no major mechanical issues I can spot. Arbor is nice and steady. The blade spins smoothly in a zero-clearance insert.

These are the pictures from the ad – the best I have. I didn’t take my own camera.

But there is no model number on it! As you can see, it’s a Jet. The metal plate has “Serial Number” 46 stamped on it. A google search isn’t revealing any Jet model 46 saws.

Althought it has a full cabinet, it does have stamped steel wings, not cast iron. And it’s wired for 110v. So it’s not top-end, whatever it is. Perhaps it’s some kind of hybrid cabinet saw. But even if it’s nothing more than a glorified contractor saw, it is a HUGE step up from my fancy Craftsman benchtop-saw-on-a-stand with aluminum table.

Now for the gloat: $175. :) The lady has been a widow for a number of years, has sold the house and is moving. She has tried to sell the thing for months, no takers. She knows it’s worth more, but she just wants it gone by this weekend.

It has a Delta Unifence, an extension table to the right and a massive outfeed table behind – all included. And a roller feed table, a bunch of old blades (probably worthless) and a stack dado set. It needs one of the handwheels replaced – should be no big deal.



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#1 posted 09-26-2007 01:58 AM

Very nice find. Can you provide some close up photos? It will help to identify the saw.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-26-2007 02:16 AM

Yeah, I’m of course going to take detailed photos when I pick up the saw this weekend. I gots me a bit’o’project this Saturday. :lol: If I don’t have it ID’d by then, the pics will come online.

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#3 posted 09-26-2007 04:11 AM

See if this one looks like yours.

I cannot tell from the pictures.

http://www.atlanticremarketing.com/auctions/2004/elite/gallery/pages/115y.html

If it looks familiar, here is the accompanying thread.

http://www.woodworking-online.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4379

$175.00!!

Rippin’ off old ladies.

Shame on you.

:)

-- Jesus was a Jewish carpenter.

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slaphitter

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#4 posted 09-26-2007 05:10 AM

Aubrey – interestingly, it is NOT the saw in the picture, or the saw being discussed in that thread. However, at the bottom of the thread, one guy mentions his even older Jet tablesaw from 1989, the JCS-10. He mentions that it is not really a cabinet saw, despite the appearances.

On another board, someone told me that he owned a later version of my saw, and he said it was really an “enclosed contractor saw”, not constructed like a cabinet saw. (Which is just fine with me, since anything is a huge upgrade over the lightweight benchtop saw I currently have.)

I need to find pictures of the JCS-10. No luck yet. I bet that’s it, or at least very close. If so, I have serial number 46!

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#5 posted 09-26-2007 08:55 PM

Where are these Old Ladies when I’m looking for a used tool? Seems in my neck of the woods, not many of them hanging around trying to give stuff away.

Good find. Enjoy it.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 09-27-2007 04:37 AM

I have a JTS-10 that is similar. I, too, thought that it looked like a contractor saw set on an enclosed bench. I also have an enclosed bench like that but I don’t have my saw on it as it would be too tall for a short guy like me.The fence, however, looks like a Delta fence that was popular maybe 10 years ago.

Jet tends to put the model number right on the front of the saw. Right were the degrees are for the tilt angle.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 09-27-2007 08:51 AM

Stepping up to a cast iron top saw with a true ~1hp or so motor (do you know what the rating on the motor is?) from the aluminum saw is definitely a great experience. Also, those Delta fences aren’t cheap and that was obviously a great improvement to whatever the stock fence was on those at the time (I’m guessing early to mid 80s). A good fence on this type of saw is so important!

Next thing you’re gonna want to look into is tune-up and set-up (if you haven’t already!). There are a few nuances to tuning the table saw that you’ll want to check into (blade run-out for example). The Mark Duginske book Mastering Woodworking Machines is an older (early 90s), but excellent resource.

Good luck this weekend!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 09-28-2007 01:44 AM

OK, I’ve determined that it’s NOT a JCS-10. Jet customer service (actually WMH, which makes Jet, Powermatic and Wilton) is being tremendously helpful and responsive. They emailed me a copy of the manual (very old, with handwritten tech notes in the margins!), and it’s not my saw.

I am going to take detailed pics this weekend when I haul the saw home, and email those to WMH and see if they can figure it out.

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#9 posted 09-30-2007 12:27 AM

Alas, it is merely a contractor saw, not a cabinet saw. However, it is in fine working order, and it does have that 50” Unifence, so I think I still got a very nice deal.

Still have not pinned down a model. It has no model number. The plate merely says “JET” in large letters, and “Contractor Saw” in small letters above the handwheel.

The motor is labeled as 1.5 hp. It is in the classic hang-off-the-back position, belt driven. Trunions bolt to the underside of the table.

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#10 posted 09-30-2007 03:08 AM

“Alas, it is merely a contractor saw, not a cabinet saw.”

He gets a diamond in the rough and then pisses and moans because it was not the Kohinoor! ;>)

Try “The Antique Roadshow” when it comes to town.

I’ve got the Jet 10” contarctor saw, with the Xacta fence (similar to the one you got), about 10 blades, including a dado set, and a number of shop made custom zero clearance inserts. My friends with cabinet saws don’t make things any better than I do.

Trust me, it’s not the base, it’s the basics.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#11 posted 09-30-2007 07:05 PM

The 1.5hp motor should give you plenty of power…

If you buy or make some zero clearance inserts for your saw you can use this handy splitter...

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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