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09-05-2016 02:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw help

New to LumberJocks and I’m in need of advice. I’m an aspiring woodworker, have plenty of experience in rough framing and structural, but as I ease into my 30’s I would like to do more fine woodworking. Anyway, a while back I bought my first table saw (used saw on CL of course), and I had no idea what to look for as far as features. The saw is a Jet JBTS-10LS-2 10” and it’s a complete pile of crap. Like I said, had no idea what to look for in a saw, and at 100 bucks it seemed reasonable. I quickly found that the non-standard miter slot which is nearly impossible to find bars for a sled, and the rip fence that has more wiggle than a chubby stripper would drive me up the wall.

I need help badly, I want a saw that I can tune easily, has a rock solid fence that I can move with my pinky and something that is reliable that I can grow into. I don’t have a grand laying around to blow on a cabinet saw, and I’m done buying used, can anyone point me in the right direction??


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#1 posted 09-05-2016 02:38 PM

Depends on what you want to spend. For sub $600 I recommend the Delta 36-725 from Lowe’s. For a little more the Grizzly G0715P or 771.

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 02:38 PM

Since you don’t have a ton of money to spend, I would still recommend you look for a good used cabinet saw. Depending on where you live, it may be hard to find what you want. Maybe browsing CL in a nearby city will find you a good saw. There are good used saws on the market. I’m surprised about the Jet you bought. Jet makes quality tools, but $100 tells the story. That saw was probably trashed by it’s original owner. When looking for a good saw, look for saws made in the U.S.A. (Delta unisaw, Powermatic <1970>s) or Taiwan. The cheaper saws are made in China; the better ones in Taiwan.

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 08:21 PM

@WhyMe

Thanks for the input on the Delta model, from all I’ve read the brand is tried and true. We have an older Grizzly cabinet in our maintenance shop at work but I haven’t had any opportunities to play with it, mainly due to the fact that the head guy who uses it is very protective of all his tools. LOL

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#4 posted 09-05-2016 08:31 PM

@MrRon

Thanks for the reply. It’s not totally that I don’t have the money to spend on a good saw, I’d be more than happy to throw down a good stack at a machine that I know what I’m getting. At a hundred bucks maybe you’re right to an extent but for the most part the saw is in fair/good shape, I just think I’m expecting too much out of it. I should have did more research on the sloppy components of it. As far as I know Jet does make some fine equipment, especially commercial grade stuff, but this model is far from it. From the pics you can see how much play is in the fence, and when you lock it down after you measure 15 times it moves askew.

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 07:46 PM

I have a Grizzly (older contractor saw) and love it. Wish I had an enclosed cabinet version. For a $1000 you can get a great saw with a high end fence system. I upgraded my saw fence to a long table and better fence and have been in heaven since. Sooooo much easier to cut bigger project pieces and dead-on accurate.

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#6 posted 09-09-2016 07:51 PM

The ABCs of Table Saws

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#7 posted 09-11-2016 12:55 AM

Before i ended up going with a SS PCS – I was pretty set on getting a Laguna Fusion. its at the very top of budget at 1100, but its new, and is a happy medium between cabinet and contractor. Grizzly has some good hybrid options as well, likely at a better price point. I have a grizzly jointer and a laguna DC – both of which I’m very happy with.

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#8 posted 09-11-2016 02:35 AM

@ SCDevil00 @KnotScott @Matt,

Thank you for all your input and opinions, they’re very much appreciated. I’m pretty sure I’m just gonna start researching more and save up for the right saw. I live in Northern WI and with winter coming and my shop not heated, I’m gonna muscle thru with the hunk of crap I have and pounce on one in spring. I bought this used one thinking it would be a low cost project, you know, build a cabinet for it and trick it out but it’s a lost cause. The miter slot and fence are deal breakers. It’ll always be the saw in my shop for ripping reclaimed 2×4’s and rough wood but that’s it. I thought about replacing the fence with a home made T-Slot and extruded aluminum, installing a hard board top with T-tracks, but by the time I dump all that money on it I’m sure the motor will burn out or some catastrophe because at the end of the day it’s still a USED saw. More than anything I want the most deadly accurate stock fence available and ease of adding components without complexity of non standard sub par equipment. Thanks again fellas and please feel free to suggest models.

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#9 posted 09-11-2016 02:39 AM

Incra

A bad saw with a good fence will cut better than a good saw with a bad fence.

M

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#10 posted 09-11-2016 02:46 AM

I’m surprised about the Jet you bought. Jet makes quality tools, but $100 tells the story.
- MrRon
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I’d be more than happy to throw down a good stack at a machine that I know what I’m getting. At a hundred bucks maybe you’re right to an extent but for the most part the saw is in fair/good shape,
- Sawdust_engineer

The asking/selling price is not necessarily reflective of value, quality or condition.

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Brad

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