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NewWoodworker

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06-26-2017 08:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Hi guys, I am new to woodworking and have only made a few things so far but really enjoy it and would like to advance my skills and projects. I currently have a handy down very old crafstman 10 inch table saw with a very sub par fence. It is almost unusable, so I am in the market for a new table saw. I found an older Jet on craigslist with a lot of extras. Looks like a great saw. https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/tls/6174843602.html My concern is that the saw is older and being new to the trade I have no idea if this is a good buy or not. I would like something I can keep forever so I’m a bit skeptical of purchasing something that is already 21 years old. Is this saw worth the 1,000 dollar asking price with all the extras or should I just purchase the new saw I have had my eye on from rockler. http://www.rockler.com/laguna-tools-fusion-series-1-3-4hp-tablesaw-with-36-fence Any help and advice would be much appreciated!


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 08:19 PM

He is over 2x too high on that saw. Do you have 240V power available to you? There will be a lot better values in the $1,000 price range both new and used.

Edit: He may actually be a candidate for Craig’s List posters have gone nuts thread. $999…lol

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NewWoodworker

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 08:39 PM

Thank you for your reply! The last thing I want to do is get taken to the cleaners. Do you feel he is still 2x to high including all of the “extras” or are all of those priced out of this world as well?

I do not have a 240V in my garage yet. However I do know a good electrician that says he can do fairly easily.

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DS

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 08:48 PM

I agree, price is high.
It looks like a fairly decent saw – not the best fence or side table, but I can’t see paying more than $650 tops.

The age doesn’t bother me much. “They don’t build them like they used to” is actually true on many older machines. Though, buyer beware, some older tools are also just junk.

I have a newer Jet TS and it can be easily wired for 120V OR 240V so you wouldn’t NEED 240V in your shop.

If you are a buyer at $1k, there are better saws on the used market.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 08:51 PM

Way overpriced… and I notice it’s been sitting out there for almost two weeks already. Also note, the “model number” listed is for the motor, not the saw :)

Anyway, that is not what people usually think about when looking for their “forever” saw. For that kind of money, you could easily get a built like a tank cabinet saw that would be. Like this Unisaw for $750 obo !!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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JBrow

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 09:04 PM

NewWoodworker,

I agree; the Jet seems overpriced. Also I am not especially impressed with the accessories which are bundled and I suspect is, at least some of the seller’s justification for the $1000 price tag. It might be a tempting purchase at $500 if in fact the Jet is in “immaculate condition”. But then if the Jet is being replaced with a SawStop, I suspect the seller is an avid woodworker and likely would have used some of the life out of the Jet.

I noticed what looks like a PM66 table saw for $2000 on your local Craiglist.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/tls/6173954980.html

While I think PM66 saw is likewise overpriced, a motivated seller may part with the 3 hp. Powermatic for $1000 – $1500. If the PM 66 was not abused and in good working order it could be a better value than the new Laguna (which could cost around $1200 excluding tax). But the PM66 with the 50” right-side table and rails would require more space.

I also agree with MrUnix, that if in good working order and you do not mind a right tilt blade the Unisaw would also be a good value.

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 06-26-2017 09:11 PM

I also agree with MrUnix, that if in good working order and you do not mind a right tilt blade the Unisaw would also be a good value.
- JBrow

Don’t look now, but that Jet is right tilt also :)

And the Unisaw can use the disappearing splitter (not available for left tilt), which is vastly superior to the stock splitters found on most vintage machines and aftermarket alternatives.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Loren

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#7 posted 06-26-2017 09:17 PM

A “forever” saw: https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/tls/6193554301.html

Just kidding.

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magaoitin

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 09:27 PM

Well it is a pretty and clean saw, but I with him (Mr Unix) above. I bought my cabinet Unisaw (34-802) through an auction about 18 months ago for $300 (but it did have a broken fence), then picked up a contractor’s Delta/Unisaw this last weekend through Craigslist for $250.

In your area there is a 10” contractors Delta for $450. While not as pretty as the Jet, there is a lot of ugly I would happily live with for $549 in savings.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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NewWoodworker

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#9 posted 06-26-2017 09:41 PM

Thank you guys for your input! I am going to pass on this saw and continue my search. I appreciate all of the suggestions as well and i will be certainly looking into them. I am new to this website but this community seems great and I am looking forward to viewing all of your projects you guys have made.

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ArtMann

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#10 posted 06-26-2017 11:07 PM

In my community, if I see a Craigslist ad that looks pretty good, there is no reason to consult members of LJ. If it is any good, the tool will be sold by the time I get the advice to buy.

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runswithscissors

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#11 posted 06-27-2017 02:24 AM

That saw does not have a riving knife, but rather a splitter, which is likely a part of the blade guard.

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