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espo7034

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08-24-2016 04:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

First, I would definitely consider myself a beginner when it comes to all woodworking and home projects. I have built some things in my house (bay window seat, built in pantry, built entertainment center) and with each one I am realizing that my current table saw is really garbage.

I am considering replacing it with a used Jet JWTS-10JF (http://columbus.craigslist.org/tls/5745430309.html). The individual is listing it for $550, which from what I have read on the forums here seems a little high.

I am not a contractor or anything, but will probably do one or two decent projects a year. I just want something that is a higher quality than my craftsman table saw and reliable.

Thoughts? Should I be looking at different models? There is a Delta that Lowe’s sells for around $600 that I was looking at too.

Ideally I would like to be at the $400-500 range.


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 04:46 PM

What is wrong with the craftsman? The older model craftsman contractor saw were reliable and a good saw once the fence was replaced and they were aligned properly.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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espo7034

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 05:03 PM

It isn’t one of the older contractor saws. I purchased it about 4-5 years ago when I decided to get a little more involved in doing my own projects around the house. It probably cost me $200-$250. I think it was is typically called a job-site saw. It could just be my lack of experience and operator error – but the fence really seems terrible and there appears to be a lot of blade deflection.

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 05:06 PM

Without a lot of extras, IMO, the price of that Jet saw is at least double what I would be willing to pay. I might go $250-300 if it’s in exceptional shape.

I agree with Bruce. If your Craftsman is a full size saw, it can be made to perform very adequately.

-- Please Pray for Our Troops / Semper Fi / Bob Ross / www.theborkstore.com

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 05:10 PM

Thanks for the input. No real extras except it has the xacta fence.


Without a lot of extras, IMO, the price of that Jet saw is at least double what I would be willing to pay. I might go $250-300 if it s in exceptional shape.

I agree with Bruce. If your Craftsman is a full size saw, it can be made to perform very adequately.

- BorkBob


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#5 posted 08-24-2016 05:20 PM

I have a lot more confidence in the older Jet saws, than the new Deltas sold at big box stores. The Delta looks cheap and flimsy in design. I have some great cast iron tools (both Jet and Delta), but was unimpressed with that new Delta TS. I have and use a Jet contractor saw with Xacta-II fence and it is a great saw. Granted it doesn’t have a riving knife or stellar dust collection, but it is accurate and can run an 8” dado blade.

My next saw will be a Sawstop, but that is a different price category.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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espo7034

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 05:31 PM

Yeah, with what I intend to use it for and the amount of use it is tough for me to justify the more expensive saws.


I have a lot more confidence in the older Jet saws, than the new Deltas sold at big box stores. The Delta looks cheap and flimsy in design. I have some great cast iron tools (both Jet and Delta), but was unimpressed with that new Delta TS. I have and use a Jet contractor saw with Xacta-II fence and it is a great saw. Granted it doesn t have a riving knife or stellar dust collection, but it is accurate and can run an 8” dado blade.

My next saw will be a Sawstop, but that is a different price category.

- pintodeluxe


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mahdee

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 11:43 PM

Whatever saw you choose, be sure to pop the hood and look at the wheels and the gear mechanism that raise and tilt the saw blade.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#8 posted 08-25-2016 12:15 AM

I can’t see anything from the link you provided, so I can’t compare what you are interested in. Secondly, I’d love to know what type of craftsman you want to get rid of. If it’s truly a jobsite saw, smaller and mostly plastic, then I’d see your point about upgrading. PLease repost the ad as well as a pic of your saw, we would be better able to give you advice more and better information.

Thanks!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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espo7034

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#9 posted 08-25-2016 01:35 AM

Thanks for any advice! Here are the pictures of my saw and the Jet


I can t see anything from the link you provided, so I can t compare what you are interested in. Secondly, I d love to know what type of craftsman you want to get rid of. If it s truly a jobsite saw, smaller and mostly plastic, then I d see your point about upgrading. PLease repost the ad as well as a pic of your saw, we would be better able to give you advice more and better information.

Thanks!

- Dwain


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#10 posted 08-25-2016 05:02 AM

The Jet is a nice saw. I think the price is high but they may accept a lower offer. And here is another way to look at it—you could probably keep that Jet saw for 10, 15, 20 years and over that time a $100 is not going to amount to anything. If you want a riving knife then a lot of people here have the new Delta saw and seem to like it. There is also a Taiwan made Powermatic on your CL for $500 but it’s not as nice a saw as the Jet.

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#11 posted 08-25-2016 12:50 PM

Well, that Craigslist saw ad is gone this morning.. did you get it? Or did someone else beat you to it?

You gotta always remember …
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 08-27-2016 06:26 PM

I was second in line…the guy sold it to the first.


Well, that Craigslist saw ad is gone this morning.. did you get it? Or did someone else beat you to it?

You gotta always remember …
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- JoeinGa


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