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el_mustango

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10-27-2017 01:36 PM

Good day. I’m brand new here, but I’m looking forward to exploring these forums and learning a lot. That being said, I’m hoping to get some opinions. I’m looking to purchase one of these two table saws, and I wanted to know if one was a clear-cut (no pun intended) winner over the other.

Table Saw #1: General International model 50-185M1 :: $250
2 HP, 2004

Here’s some photos.

Table Saw #2: Jet Model # JTS-10JF :: $250
1 1/2 HP 1 PHASE 115/230V
Rewired to 115V

Your expert opinions are greatly appreciated!

-- I'm a simple man. I like pretty dark-haired women and breakfast food.


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Carloz

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#1 posted 10-27-2017 01:48 PM

I would take the General,
Clearly the better saw. All cast iron table, good fence,more power. That Jet looks cheesy.

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Ripper70

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#2 posted 10-27-2017 01:59 PM

General. Hands down. But don’t wait too long. It could be gone before you know it.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 10-27-2017 02:59 PM

I would keep looking. I had a Jet contractor saw that was serviceable for several years. Dust collection wasn’t good, but it cut well. Those two saws are in rough shape.

Often times you can get a much better saw for not much extra money.

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

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pontic

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#4 posted 10-28-2017 12:14 PM

General makes better tools. Like Pinto said I’d keep looking. Probibly could get a cabinet saw for not much more money.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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knotscott

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#5 posted 10-28-2017 12:20 PM

At the core, both are made by Mao Shan in Taiwan. As equipped, the GI has solid cast wings, much better fence (Biesemeyer Home Shop clone), and had a cast miter gauge. That was a decent deal at $700-$750 when new. $250 is a very fair price IMO, and should clean up beautifully. The Jet is worth the asking price, but without hesitation I’d take the GI over the Jet at even money in this case.

Both are from the pre-riving knife era, and both suffer from the drawbacks of an open enclosure with an outboard motor, but I doubt you’ll find much better in that price range.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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jonah

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#6 posted 10-28-2017 12:30 PM

The fence on the Jet is garbage. Get the General.

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el_mustango

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#7 posted 10-28-2017 10:43 PM

Thank you all for your opinions. I thought that the General was the better of the two, and it was super helpful to get all of your feedback.

I went and looked at it this morning, and brought my dad with me. We gave it a real good examination top to bottom, inside and out. Cut several boards of various thicknesses and types, ripped, crosscut, angled crosscuts with the miter gauge. It performed beautifully. Everything was in great shape, save the surface rust on the cast iron tables. The fence was perfect. All and all, both of us agreed it was a great saw especially for the price. I offered the gentleman I was buying it from $200; he countered with $225 and we had a deal.

The saw weighs like 300 lbs and when we finally got it in the truck and started driving away I actually started feeling like maybe I had bought too much of a saw. But now that I’ve got it home and into my workshop I’m completely thrilled with my purchase.

I’ll post some photos once I get the cast iron cleaned up and install a new blade.

Thanks again for all the help!

-- I'm a simple man. I like pretty dark-haired women and breakfast food.

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knotscott

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#8 posted 10-29-2017 01:39 AM

Congrats on the saw! (Give the saw a chance, and buy a decent blade….good ones start at ~ $30 – Irwin Marples, Freud Diablo, CMT ITK Plus, DW Precision Trim, Infinity, Forrest, Ridge Carbide, Tenryu, etc.).

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Ripper70

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#9 posted 10-29-2017 06:02 AM

Well done. I believe you made the right choice. Take Scott’s advice and read his opinions here if you’re not sure where to start in your quest for the right blade.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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el_mustango

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#10 posted 10-29-2017 02:33 PM

Studying up on blades now. Will def read Scott’s post. Thanks so much!

-- I'm a simple man. I like pretty dark-haired women and breakfast food.

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el_mustango

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#11 posted 10-29-2017 02:48 PM

I think I’m going to purchase a Delta Industrial 35-7657 now and a Forrest WWII as soon as I can afford it.

-- I'm a simple man. I like pretty dark-haired women and breakfast food.

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Ripper70

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#12 posted 10-29-2017 04:14 PM

You may also want to consider what you’re going to use to remove that rust from the cast iron top. I’ve used Krud Kutter and had very good results. It can save you a considerable amount of effort and offers protection against the top rusting up again.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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el_mustango

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#13 posted 10-29-2017 09:26 PM



You may also want to consider what you re going to use to remove that rust from the cast iron top. I ve used Krud Kutter and had very good results. It can save you a considerable amount of effort and offers protection against the top rusting up again.

- Ripper70

I will def look into Kurd Kutter. Thanks for the suggestion.

-- I'm a simple man. I like pretty dark-haired women and breakfast food.

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el_mustango

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#14 posted 10-30-2017 08:52 PM

Delta Industrial 35-7657 blade hsa been ordered from Cripe. The WWII is on my Amazon wishlist :-)

-- I'm a simple man. I like pretty dark-haired women and breakfast food.

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jonah

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#15 posted 10-30-2017 10:54 PM

Nice. The 35-7657 is an outstanding blade for the money. You might get a slightly smoother cut with a WWII, but I can’t really tell the difference.

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