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08-24-2017 02:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw cabinet saw jet sawstop safety buying used

I was offered a Jet 708674PK XACTASAW Deluxe 3HP, 1Ph, and 30” extension table for $900. Besides a bit of clean up on the surface, the saw appears to be in very good condition. It was bought in March 2016, so its fairly recent. Since I work with mostly 4/4 and 5/4 material I figure there is certainly enough power there.

I am open to buying 3rd party guards, hold downs and dust collection if that improves safety and performance. Is there anything I need to be aware of? Does that seem like a reasonable price for a used cabinet saw in this world of Sawstop growth? There seems to be a boat load of used 3 hp cabinet saws going on the market. Picking up Saturday if I am going to pull the trigger. Thanks

-- Langski, New Hampshire


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#1 posted 08-24-2017 02:55 PM

Sounds like a great deal to me. I say jump on it, quickly…

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#2 posted 08-24-2017 03:35 PM

I have a 2000 model its a very good saw. I have the 50” fence and paid $1800 for it back then. $900 I would classify as a steal, like give the money, load the saw and RUN! LOL

I think the overhead guard/dust collection combos that don’t attach to the saw are the best way to go.

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#3 posted 08-24-2017 04:47 PM

I think $900 is fair. I’d see if the seller will throw in any extras, but even alone that is a decent deal. Not a steal, but a decent deal.

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#4 posted 08-24-2017 05:40 PM

RIVING KNIFE

There is no doubt, this is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT item on your saw. If it doesn’t have one, don’t buy it!

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#5 posted 08-24-2017 06:12 PM

Any table saw sold new in 2016 has to have a riving knife.

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#6 posted 08-24-2017 08:24 PM

I had an earlier version of that saw and it was solid. I sold it to buy a different 3 hp saw at the urging of my wife.

It is a very good saw.

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#7 posted 08-24-2017 08:53 PM

You would do very well to buy that saw, it’s sounds like a very good deal to me.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#8 posted 08-24-2017 10:12 PM

RIVING KNIFE [...] There is no doubt, this is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT item on your saw. If it doesn’t have one, don t buy it!
- Mork

I would normally just say that is hogwash… but given the fact that the competition for older machinery is getting more and more intense (I’ve been missing deals by just a few minutes more and more lately), I say absolutely – if it doesn’t have a riving knife – stay away from it. Gives us who know better more of a fighting chance :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#9 posted 08-24-2017 10:41 PM

What riving knife ? Who the heck needs riving knife?

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#10 posted 08-25-2017 01:32 AM



What riving knife ? Who the heck needs riving knife?
- Carloz

I’m sure when people used those saws way back, a lot of lost fingers and hands went missing, but maybe some survived to this day with limbs still attached. I’m sure it’s not much different than being a soldier in Iraq and having snipers shooting at you. Taking chances are a way of life. You take a chance and live with the outcome, either good or bad.

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langski93

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#11 posted 08-25-2017 02:01 AM

Thanks everyone. It does have a riving knife and a couple new Diablo blades. All other standard parts are there. In additon, he also wants to sell a 22-44 Jet Oscillating Drum Sander, enclosed stand with wings for $1500, again bought in 2016. Paid just under $2400. Looks brand new. There has been a Performax, Jet -Performax, Supermax drama in recent years, does anyone have experience with this specific model? Appreciate continued feed back.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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#12 posted 08-25-2017 04:21 AM

I have a Jet 5 hp Xacta saw and I love it. I would jump on that deal before he changed his mind. I also just added the 22-44 OSC sander and it does a fantastic job. If you can get it for $1500 that’s another total steal. Get them both and never look back.

-- Earl

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#13 posted 08-25-2017 07:11 PM

Once I went to look at a very similar Jet table saw, and asked the guy if the saw had a riving knife. He assured me it does. After half hour drive I see the saw and … there is no riving knife. The guy was full of himself and very condescendingly explained me that he though I did not know what the riving knife is.

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#14 posted 08-25-2017 07:14 PM

That’s nice, but it’s literally impossible to sell a new table saw in the US without a riving knife. So unless the owner threw it away or didn’t actually buy it in 2016, it has a riving knife.

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#15 posted 08-26-2017 11:43 AM

Sounds like a nice deal to me.

A good riving knife is certainly offers some improvement to a traditional splitter, but both are capable of doing the job satisfactorily. There are many splitter options available, so I wouldn’t pass up a solid deal on a good saw over the lack of a riving knife.

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