Need help buying a TS, JET MODEL JWTS 10CWZ LFR

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Forum topic by Luke posted 01-06-2010 03:45 AM 6077 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2010 03:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jet table saw 10cw jwts lfr advice

Hey Guys,

I need help with a buy. I have a chance to buy this table saw from a local woodworker. I have a craftsman professional portable job site saw right now and getting accuracy out of it is a nightmare, if possible at all. He is asking $450 for it and I have only briefly seen it in his shop. If I add $400 – $500 more I could get a grizzly hybrid or similar, but it could be a long while before I have that much money and I don’t really want to spend that much if I don’t have to. That said, I still want a quality saw so I’ll wait if this one just won’t give me the accuracy I want. I have to have 110 volts so I’m limited there, which this saw has. I’m not sure but I think the motor hangs out the back on this one. It is near impossible to find any info on this actual saw model. Even on Jet’s website. I’ve heard that models with the motor hanging out the back have vibrating issues and I don’t like that. I’d like a descent fence that I won’t have to fight to keep straight, but I could add a HDME (whatever) face to it. It has cast iron table extensions which is nice. With my current saw I made a zero clearance insert but it doesn’t quite fit so accuracy is questionable. With this Jet I would be able to buy a nice plate that will sit flat. Everything on my current saw is adjustable (sort of) so you can imagine trying to get the blade fence and miter slots to stay parallel and perpendicular. And forget about accuracy altogether with the sliding table part. It’s a waste of time. I bought this saw a long time ago when I started wood working and I had very limited space. which I still do, but I’ll make a trade for accuracy now :)

I can’t figure what the CWZ and LFR stand for, any ideas? Do you think this is a good buy or does it need to be cheaper? Any ideas what it might have cost new? What I really want is accuracy and adjustability. Can I get this saw to perform with a little alignment and cleaning and such or should I save my money?

Thanks for any help at all!
Jet Table Saw
Craftsman TS Portable

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 04:42 AM

Hello Skywalker – my thought is for $450.00 I’m going to Home Depot to get a new Ridgid contractors saw with the cast iron wings and a lifetime warranty for not much more money. I bought mine about 2 years ago and the only thing I have had to adjust on it so far was the fence when I first took it out of the box. I paid just under $500 for it. I don’t know much about this particular Jet model but my guess is that it was around $600 new from what I have seen.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 04:58 AM

My first thought is that it is a little high for a used Jet. I had to solve a blade alignment issued on that same model for a friend and I found the Jet Tech service (1-800-274-6846) very helpful. Call them to see what those letters mean and see what it cost new…...........

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 05:04 AM

Here’s my two cents, I’ve had my Jet table saw for almost 12 years now, never had any issues with vibration. When I did have a question about alignment, I called the service department and the guy on the phone knew exactly what to do, and within 10 minutes he’d emailed me the alignment instructions and I had it back cutting like a champ.

The only modification to the saw I did was replace the factory fence with at HTC 50”.

My Jet isn’t the exact model number of yours, but looks almost identical. I’ve built a number of sets of kitchen cabinets with the Jet, along with who know’s how many other projects. Today I used it to make up a few box joint pine boxes for a mechanic restoring a Model A. I’ll have to post some pics of the boxes. Needless to say, its still cutting great, and still with its original motor.

So depending on what you’re needing the saw to do, I’d say the Jet was up to the challenge.

-- James

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 04:20 PM

Well, After woodshopJoe’s comment on the Ridgid I went and looked it up. I like the older 3650 with the Cast Iron tops but don’t like the fence and rail assembly. I’m really nervous about spending any money on a granite top saw. It seems untested to me and I really worry about breaks/ chips over time that might render the saw useless. I know it has a lifetime warranty but that does not always play out in real life sometimes. The 4511 looks like an awesome saw and with a few upgrades could be even better. Lots of good reviews on it but it is so new to the market as far as I know. I guess I’ll go over to Despot and try it out and give it a once over. Any opinions greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the phone # Jim I’ll give them a call and ask about the model #’s.


-- LAS,

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 04:29 PM

I had a Jet similar to this not too long ago. It’s Ok for hobby work, but was too light weight for me. I bought it just for an extra saw to carry in my trailer, usually for work at church. After buying it, I wished I had put some money with that and got a better one—-Just my opinion. I also think $450 is a bit high for that saw used.
I think I sold mine for $350, and it was practically brand new. For less money, it might suite your needs well though—-Definitely better than what you have.


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