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Forum topic by Chris_T posted 10-29-2010 09:20 PM 3751 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2010 09:20 PM

Well, it’s time for me to upgrade my table saw. I’m thinking about getting the Jet Proshop because I can buy a portable base for it which is important, and the motor isn’t mounted on the back like contractor saws. Would this saw be a good choice for a small shop or is there something better? Are steel or cast wings better? Also is the router lift worth the extra money. I don’t have a router table so I think it might be but would it be easier to add one to it?

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 10:22 PM

For what its worth, I feel that that saw is overpriced for a lightweight. Cast iron wings are a little more desirable. I think that one is 1.75 hp. Its probably ok,and for occasional use it will last you. I just think that if your willing to put another 300.00 in the kitty you can easily find a heavy used saw. JB

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 10:29 PM

I have a Jet WorkShop 708100 … like the ProShop but with an open stand. I have had it for almost 4 years (paid $399 for it), and am quite happy with it. There’s is nothing I have wanted to do with it that I could not get done, including cutting 8/4 red oak.

I don’t care much for the steel wings, and have considered installing cast iron wings … it just hasn’t been a priority.

As for the router lift, YES, they are definitely worth it. I have one from Woodpeckers … don’t recall what I gave for it … and it makes height adjustment a breeze. After using mine for a couple of years, I wouldn’t be without one. Full disclaimer: I have a Bench Dog stand-alone router table, so I have no experience with one mounted on a tablesaw wing.

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 10:56 PM

At $800 price tag, you might as well get a cabinet table saw.

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 11:24 PM

They actually cost $1000, $1500 with the router lift. What would you recommend?

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 11:37 PM

I bought my Jet JPS-10 ProShop about a year ago. It was a “surplus” costing $415 (brand new except for a few chipped paint spots on the legs). So far it has served me well.

That said, if it wasn’t for the price I’d go the Steve H route and get a nice cabinet model off of CL. You’d be surprised what can be had for 900+ dollars on CL.

Also, my wings are stamped; yuck. I WILL be upgrading to the cast iron here shortly (about $100 per).


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#6 posted 10-30-2010 12:08 AM

I have one and I consider it adequate. It is a little underpowered and a thin kerf blade is a must.

I’m bothered that, even with a good DC attached, a lot of saw dust accumulates in the cabinet under the blade. You have to clear it out on a regular basis. I also feel that I get a little too much saw dust above the table.

I bought this saw because I didn’t want to bother with 220 volts. If I had it to do over again, I would get a more powerful saw even if I had to put in 220 volt.

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#7 posted 10-30-2010 12:21 AM

Chris – The Jet Proshop is a nice saw, but the design is just old enough that it doesn’t offer a riving knife. The price is getting up there for what you get IMO…not unreasonable, but definitely pushing the level to the point that some of the Grizzly 3hp industrial cabinet saws get pretty attractive.

If you’ve got 220v available, I’d definitely consider going with the more substantial saw. If you’re stuck with 110v, the Jet is a solid well proven choice. Other hybrid possibilities are the Grizzly G0715P and Craftsman 22116 (by Steel City/Orion).

Blade selection and good setup are the keys to good performance from any of them.

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#8 posted 10-30-2010 05:19 AM

Chris, do you have to get one that 110 volts or do you have 220 in the shop as well.

-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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#9 posted 10-30-2010 03:09 PM

I don’t have 220 but I could hook some up.

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 04:45 PM

The reason I asked is because wood tech has a hybird table saw that was very highly rated in Fine Woodworking mag. I’m not a salesman for anybody infact I have a PM2000 but i read the reviews and they were pretty impressive. I believe you would get 5 times the saw as far as the router table goes you can pick up an extension table or better yet you can even make one . all they are is MDF with laminate on top cut a whole out drop your router insert in and walah you just saved a bundle and yet still have much more for your $. Just a suggestion.

-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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