|Forum topic by asmitty||posted 02-02-2010 08:37 PM||2581 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
02-02-2010 08:37 PM
alright so I’m new to posting on LJ, but I’ve been digging a lot into different forum discussions here and elsewhere. I have a dilemma that I keep going back and forth on…
background story: I’ve been doing woodworking as a hobby for about 7-8 years now. Up until now I’ve used my grandfathers old table saw. A Rockwell Super 10 table saw, what I would call a mighty giant. A benchtop table saw with the heart of a lion. Okay a little bit of an exageration, but it’s been well used by my grandfather and by myself the last few years. Just recently the motor to a dump. The motor is no longer made and the cost of repairing the motor is more than I’m willing to spend on the saw.
dilemma: I’ve been looking into table saw replacements, but as many of you know there are numerous options to choose from. Given the space I have in my shop (a 3rd garage bay) I am trying to find something that doesn’t take up too much space. This rooled out the gigantic 14” sliding table saws….shoot :-(. I had narrowed my options down to either a contractor saw, a hybrid table saw, or a cabinet saw with around a 36” rip capacity. I was leaning towards a hybrid saw because the price point was decent and the “foot print” of the saw was friendly to my shop space. Although, a cabinet saw for a little more money would give me more power and probably a better quality saw for a little more money. The contractor saw is a great price point, but the “foot print” isn’t ideal for my shop space.
I recently stumbled upon someone selling an older Jet Hybrid table saw, JWCS-10A. The previous owner had made some upgrades to the motor, the blade guard, and added a mobile base. The price he was selling it for seemed high. I did some digging and found old for sale adds listing the saw for about $600 less than he was asking for it. I am inclined to make an offer on it, but for that price I am second guessing myself.
the question: If I could get the used saw for say $700 am I better off than paying $300 more for a brand new 3hp Shopfox or Grizzly cabinet saw? Or would my money be better spent on the brand new saw? I don’t have $1500 to dump on a saw, so if I can stay at or below $1000 for a saw I think I will be set for a long time.
Any and all advice is welcomed. If you disagree with the my choices of saws, let me know if you can think of better options. I am always open to suggestions and would welcome more options to choose from.
Thanks in advance!
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