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Forum topic by bill48 posted 02-04-2010 04:38 PM 2576 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2010 04:38 PM

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of the Proshop fence system? I am considering buying a Jet 10” Proshop hybrid table saw and have never heard of the Proshop fence system. The literature says that it has a T-square design. Any info on the fence system and/or the saw itself would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-04-2010 06:12 PM

I have had two of the ProShop saws in my shop for review and for another project. (Link to the review below with photos and video) Both had the ProShop fence which is very nice for that price point. It’s not the big AccuFence or anything but it is very sturdy and is built well. Actually, the fence system is why a number of my viewers have bought the ProShop saw.

See the ProShop Review

-- Tom Hintz, www.newwoodworker.com

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 07:26 PM

sounds interesting

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 08:19 PM

I had 2 of these saws in my shop before upgrading to a 3 hp Jet cabinet saw. I was dissapointed with both of them. The first one had a .007” – .008” dip in the top just to the right of the table insert and also made a wierd ticking sound as the blade was coasting to a stop. I returned that saw and took delivery of an identical one only to find that it had a much worse flatness issue! I’ll try to describe the problem: The portion of the top to the right of the right side miter gage slot was not on the same plane as the rest of the top (almost like that area stressed relieved when the miter gage slot was cut) and was sagging. When the cast iron extension was bolted on and the flatness was measured out at the far right edge of the top, it was low by .045” – .050”! It was so bad that when i was ripping or crosscutting wide panels, i would have to adjust the blade tilt to compensate in order to get a square cut. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy. Fortunately, E.B. Mueller (my distributor in Cincinnati) was extremely accomodating through all of this and agreed to take the saw back again. This time, I bought the 3 hp cabinet saw which was set up on their showroom floor and I could completely check it out before I took it home. I love this saw! There’s no comparison to the Jet hybrid with regards to quality, power, table flatness, etc.

With regard to your question about the Proshop fence – I would agree with TomHintz – it is well built and accurate, and I liked the aluminum faces better than the plastic faces on the Accufence (they tend to build up a static charge and attract dust when I’m cutting – I find myself constantly wiping them clean between cuts to maintain accuracy).

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 07:05 PM

Well, this presents a dilemma. Tom, do you have any connections to Jet Tools? The review was very thorough but lacked any negatives. Surely there must be something you didn’t like about it. MattinCincy, did you have the 30” or 52” fence system, and if you had the longer one, do you think the shorter one would have the same issue? Thanks to you both for your input.

Bill48

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 07:47 PM

I had the 32” fence, but that had no affect on table flatness. The dimensions of the cast iron are the same size regardless of fence size. I’m not trying to scare you away from that saw – it has many good features that woodworkers like – but for me, table flatness, or lack thereof, is a big issue.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 10:30 PM

I really appreciate your feedback on this. I certainly and going to re-think my decision.

Bill48

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 11:34 PM

Bill,

Many people here have praised Grizzly saws for their value and performance – I have no personal experience with them but I did see on their website today that their G1023SLW is on sale for $795.00. It looks like a great saw and includes a cast iron router table extension wing. I don’t remember exactly how much I paid for my Jet Proshop, but I think it was around the same price. It might be worth considering. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that it is a 220v saw.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 10:16 AM

“Well, this presents a dilemma. Tom, do you have any connections to Jet Tools? The review was very thorough but lacked any negatives. Surely there must be something you didn’t like about it. MattinCincy, did you have the 30” or 52” fence system, and if you had the longer one, do you think the shorter one would have the same issue? Thanks to you both for your input.

Bill48”

The only real negative would be that it wasn’t a PM2000! I try to look at tool for what they are, not what I wnt them to be. In it’s price range, I think the ProShop saw is the best out there.

-- Tom Hintz, www.newwoodworker.com

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#9 posted 02-08-2010 10:54 PM

Thanks again to both of you for your help and input.

bill48

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