|Forum topic by Luke||posted 01-06-2010 03:45 AM||5666 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-06-2010 03:45 AM
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!
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