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12-17-2011 07:56 PM

Hello everyone this is my first post here, but after reading through this site for some time I felt it might be a good place to seek some help. I currently have a Bosch portable table saw that I tote around jobsites and I want to expand into some furniture projects that keep stacking and realize this saws limitations and have been looking at new and used for some time and stumbled across this one and wanted to see what you thought. I feel terrible for the guy as he is the original hobby production owner and he developed ALS and is parting with it all. Here is the link to the add and the price is per negotiation. Opinions? P.S It looks like from the private pics he sent that it is full of decent mobile storage and drawers underneath. He purchased it about 10 years ago so is it made in the U.S.A?

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 08:00 PM

I never know Jet tools was made in the U.S.A.

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 08:06 PM

That is a lot of money for a used saw. You could get a new one w/riving knife from grizzly for less. Hopefylly you will get some more responses. Welcome to LJs.

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 08:06 PM

I didn’t know what a JET JTAS-10-1/3 CABINET SAW was, so I just dropped it in google and Amazon came up with that saw for $1999. I’m sure the saw has depreciated more than $200 in 10 years. I have no idea if that particular jet saw is good or not, but if I was going to buy it, I’d go for the new one with a price that close.

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 08:07 PM

I don’t know. The original is 2k. $1800 doesn’t seem like much of a deal, massively modified or not.

Neat that the outfeed table includes a router. But still.

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 08:37 PM

You can get a new saw for around that price, and you won’t have to worry about blade run out, misue, etc.

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 08:45 PM

There is more here to take into account than just the saw. Depending on condition, the router is also worth at least $100-$150. Also, depending on quality and condition, 36 router bits could be worth a good chunk of change too. I didn’t look up the saw so I don’t know what comes standard with it but some of those extras listed might also add to the value of this deal. I agree that the asking price is on the very high side for just a 10 year old cabinet saw but the deal as a whole may well be worth it or in the neighborhood of a realistic price.

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#7 posted 12-17-2011 08:58 PM

Worth about $1000 imo.

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#8 posted 12-17-2011 09:17 PM

No pic, no purchase. I doubt it was made in the USA but I could be wrong. Looks like he wants to recoup every penny he spent on that stuff. It’s essentially a $700-$800 saw if it’s nice shape, with some nice extras…not a $1000 worth of extras. For $1800 you can buy a very nice new Grizzly/Shop Fox/Steel City cabinet saw and then some. You could buy a similar new Jet for a bit more. You could buy a terrific used PM66/PM2000/Unisaw…

$1800 is just too much even if it’s mint.

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#9 posted 12-17-2011 09:21 PM

Wow, I leave for about an hour and BAM look at all the responses, thanks. I agree on the price being too high though since I had a chance to total everything up and take about half off. He did send me some more pictures and all of the drawers that he built plus outfeed table etc look like they are done well but when I originally posted I found what I thought was the same saw for about 2800 plus all of the goodies but alas it was the wrong one. I tell you it was really hard talking to him over the phone because you can tell he is pretty down and out about having to get rid of it all but his disease has gotten the better of him to the point where I had a really hard time understanding him…poor guy.
Seems like a lot of suggestions for the Grizzly saws…any particular models (220V) that are a little less then this whole package on CL since I will need to add a router assembly to the list in order to start on my first project.?

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#10 posted 12-17-2011 10:33 PM

This is my first post also. Just a suggestion, if you are new to woodworking, you might want to consider a less expansive new table saw. See if you first like the hobby and second use your budget to buy perhaps a band saw and other tools. You can always upgrade – A new Sears table saw is around $250 to $350. I have two Sears saws and have completed a number of projects on them along with my son who is a skilled woodworker.. I am now looking at saws in the $3,500 range. I have a use for both Sears saws even with a new cabinet saw. But my upgrade to a great saw, either a Delta UNISAW or a SawStop, will not make the two Sears table saws obsolete.

-- Gene

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#11 posted 12-17-2011 10:41 PM

Genoman, Lets say that I do stick with it would you have the same suggestion. Can I really get the accuracy that I want with that level of saw (not saying you cannot because I don’t know hence the reason I am here) because I can’t with my traveling saw. I am not at all opposed to spending less and acquiring more tools but I would hate to have my projects grow in difficulty and quality only to have the centerpiece not match.

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#12 posted 12-18-2011 01:55 AM

TDog – I think a cabinet saw purchase boils down to value, robustness, power, and user friendliness as much as accuracy. A good hybrid will run you $900-$1000, a good cabinet saw can run < $1300….not a huge price difference when you consider what you get. I’ve used some pretty good contractor saws and hybrids…they’re certainly capable, but using a cabinet saw is much nicer IMO. The mass, weight, smoothness of the handwheels, power, overall build quality, fences, etc., all spell excellent long term service. Not everyone has 220v or the funds, but you seem to, and some times it just makes sense to take the next step….in this case it’s a significant step. Kind of like going from a 6 cylinder S10 type truck to a 1 ton super duty diesel.

Take a look at the guts of a G1023RL:

Then take a look at the former G0478 hybrid, which is pretty typical of many hybrids:

In the end, do what makes the most sense for you.

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#13 posted 12-18-2011 03:30 AM

I had a Jet JTAS (blue one) from about that time frame. They are very good saws (if it’s a blue one) and at the time got better reviews than the Uni-Saw of the time. (That’s why I bought mine). I would offer him a lower number and see what he says. I just sold mine for $1000.00 with no extras (gives you a price range) I just updated to a new Delta Uni. The Jet worked fine but I just wanted to upgrade with all the latest features. At a price of course.
I would stay away fom the hybrid, its a wast of money…IMO.

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#14 posted 12-18-2011 03:46 AM

Hi TDog,
My 2cents worth. Besides being alot of money, a machine that old will not have a true riving knife,
which is standard eqipment on any saw sold today. I would take a hard look at the Grizzly G0700 or G0623X
sliding table saw. A bit more money but will extend your capabities a lot.

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#15 posted 12-18-2011 04:49 AM

Think I would shop around some more. If you are willing to spend 1800.00 I think you can do better.

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