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Neophyte

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09-20-2015 11:47 PM

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Friends,
I have found some information on both of these saws in the forums but I would like some advice. I found them on CL in the NY/NJ area. Both are same price: $350. Dewalt: factory fence, miter gauge, two extra inserts, two additional blades. Jet: jet-fence, miter gauge, two additional blades. condition is very good for both but Dewalt has some rust on the iron top that suggests pitting (rough to the touch) and would have to clean to figure out. Dewalt has been used more, Jet less. The owner of the Jet will also throw in: Skil router, Ryobi plane jointer, clamps and some other tools for an additional $150.
My purpose: I have been refinishing furniture and want to get into building closets for my house, cabinets and so forth. After looking for a used TS for 2 months I have concluded that the most important issues for me are an accurate fence, ease of alignment, dado capabilities and dust control. I cannot fit a larger saw in my garage. I need the additional tools and would go for the Jet but I really liked the Dewalt.
Any thoughts or ideas?
All comments appreciated.
Thanks

-- Marc, NY


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#1 posted 09-21-2015 12:01 AM

With a budget of around 350 I would say, as I do on all TS posts, to wait and search CL like a mad man. Time, a drive and a rebuild=a saw you will be proud to own. Something real old. Nothing Asian or craftsman.

Go get em.

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#2 posted 09-21-2015 01:40 AM

SirIrb – Thanks for your reply.
Rebuilding an old saw would be a totally different project for me and I can see doing that in the future to replace whatever lesser quality TS I may have, but I don’t have one now. I am trying to set up my garage as a shop and get going before Winter.

-- Marc, NY

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#3 posted 09-21-2015 01:55 AM

Jet

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 09-21-2015 02:46 AM

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#5 posted 09-21-2015 09:42 AM

If the Jet is the older style with the motor hanging off the back, $350 is a tad steep IMO with the Jet fence…especially if it has steel wings. The basic guts are really just a typical Taiwanese contractor saw. I don’t think those extra tools mentioned are worth much.

The DW746 is a hybrid design with the motor housed inside the enclosure so it takes up less space than a saw with an outboard motor. It was a well made saw that just happened to be made in the US. Rust usually cleans up pretty easily. With good setup and good blade selection, either should be a good saw, but I’d lean to the DW in this case for sure, unless the rust is really bad.

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#6 posted 09-21-2015 02:22 PM

Thanks all for your reply,
knotscott, I read your thoughtful comments but I may pass on the DW because of the rust/pitting. It is a significant patch forward of the blade. I also read your comprehensive monograph on another forum.

-- Marc, NY

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#7 posted 09-21-2015 02:24 PM

Get the Jet.

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#8 posted 09-21-2015 04:16 PM

I’m with knotscott – the Jet is steep for what is essentially a standard contractors saw.

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#9 posted 09-21-2015 04:33 PM

Is this the DW746 in question?
http://newjersey.craigslist.org/tls/5216513605.html

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#10 posted 09-21-2015 06:47 PM

knotscott
Yes, that is the saw.
The miter fence is hiding the rust/pitting

-- Marc, NY

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jonah

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#11 posted 09-21-2015 07:04 PM

Either clever positioning or a hell of a coincidence that the miter gauge just happens to be covering a major blemish…

That said, based on a low res, blurry picture it doesn’t look too bad.

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#12 posted 09-21-2015 07:25 PM

I don’t think the seller intended to deceive. He is a very nice man, in fact. I would call it a coincidence

-- Marc, NY

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#13 posted 09-21-2015 07:38 PM

That little bit? Shouldn’t affect it a bit I don’t think.

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#14 posted 09-21-2015 07:56 PM


And this is the Jet, for comparison. He has a plywood top on it that may have delayed rust

http://newjersey.craigslist.org/tls/5208095337.html

http://images.craigslist.org/00n0n_9wTcz9ndQnM_600x450.jpg

-- Marc, NY

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#15 posted 09-21-2015 09:41 PM



I don t think the seller intended to deceive. He is a very nice man, in fact. I would call it a coincidence

- Neophyte

Don’t believe it, nice and honesty are different things. The miter saw covering the worst spot is no coincidence. That said, pitting is cosmetic and could be used to bargain the price down. I’m not very familiar with the Dewalt, if Knotscot says it’s a better saw then maybe it is.

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