Improving My Jet JWTS-10JF Setup

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Forum topic by mckeanfive posted 12-31-2011 10:09 PM 4548 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2011 10:09 PM

Seeking any and all suggestions to improve the performance from my base contractor saw.

I purchased probably 15 years ago, and have used it for odd jobs around the house, moreso in the past than recently. I was too lazy, stupid, and cheap to do any upgrades and wasn’t doing anything all that intense. I am desiring to finally upgrade my setup.

So, the saw has a 40” wide table, 20” base + 2X10” leafs. The OEM JETFENCE is 30”.

I would consider upgrading the table width, and replacing the JETFENCE with an aftermarket ripfence option, if that would greatly improve the performance. Thinking 30” is about all I have room for. I have no infeed or outfeed extensions, and am welcome to any and all suggestions for improvements in that area. Wish I had some videos of this struggling woodworker feeding way-too-big boards into a setup which obviously doesn’t support it.

And, I’ve no jigs, crosscut sleds, featherboards, etc. Just been making do with fingers too close, scrap wood for push boards and I’m sure you get the picture. This, the life of a woodworking hack seeking to better himself.

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 11:26 PM

You could also add a set of “PALS” ($20) and double check the alignment to improve performance. Once dialed in, a nice saw blade is always a great starting point. I’d also add a new phenolic throat insert ($25). A link belt might be in order if the stock belt has any kinks, sets, zigs, etc.

The Delta T2 fence for ~ $150 would be a nice improvement over the Jet Fence IMO, and would be an excellent addition. Are the wings stamped steel or solid cast iron? Solid wings are always nice, even if you make them from laminated MDF. You could always put it on a mobile saw station too….here's one “gbear” made.

Featherboards, pushsticks, outfeed tables, splitter/riving knife are all basic necessities IMHO.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 07:59 AM

thanks for the reply knotscott, and for the record, the saw is equipped with 10” stamped steel wings – they’re not cast iron solid.

Fairly straightforward question, looks like too much so to waste anyone else’s time on it. Back to my own googling outside of LJ forums.

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 04:23 PM

I typed in table saw upgrades into the search window at the top right of the screen an got a bunch of hits, it looks like this question has already been answered many times over and knotsctt’s answer is a pretty good answer to boot.

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