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Forum topic by Rayman24 posted 01-10-2012 06:46 AM 998 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rayman24

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01-10-2012 06:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I am your average garage wood working hobbiest looking to purchase a new table saw. After doing to much research I can honestly say I have throughly confused myself. So far my possible suspects are: Jet Jbts-10Mjs, & Ridgid R4512. Originally I was leaning towards the Ridgid due to the Lifetime warranty and overwhelmingly great reviews. Then I discovered the Jet model Jbts-10Mjs and notice for about $100 more, I get the Jet brand…better RPM’s, better portibilty, and almost the same ripping capacity. Unfortunaltely I have been unable to find many reviews on the Jet model i am considering. Is there anyone that can offer me some first hand user opinon on either of these models?

My major areas of interest/concerns are, factory cutting alignments, and ease of adjusting cutting alignment. Long term durability and wear. How stable is the Jet portable stand going to be…will it tip over easy when trying to rip something 25”.

All insight is welcome and appreciated!

-- Rayman24


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#1 posted 01-10-2012 07:05 AM

The purchase of a table saw is going to be based on what you plan on building. Are you going to be making large cabinets where a large table surface is necessary? Are you building small boxes from hardwood? Hardwood furniture where power is required? I do not mean to confuse you any more than you already but some of those need to be answered first. Let me put it in a little more perspective. If you will be making cabinets, power is not a major factor. A good contractors saw or small cabinet saw with 1-1.5hp should be more than sufficient, However, if you are building hardwood furniture where ripping of 8/4 and 12/4 stock will be the normal a good 3-5hp saw would be needed.

After reading our post again. An outfeed table is not a luxury, its a necessity. If you are in a garage where portability is necessary build a moveable outfeed table that can also double as a work surface for assembly.

For me, I opted to find an old saw and restore it. It is 3hp and will swing a 14” blade. I dont need the depth of a 14” blade so I have tuned it down to 12”. It has plenty of power to rip 8/4 maple all day long. I build mostly with hardwoods and really like the power available.

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 07:21 AM

Good point MedicKen i appreciate the input

Mostly it will be for smaller projects like shadow boxes and picture frames, etc. I do the occasional cabinet and book shelf once in a while.

I do very little ripping over 24” which is why the Jet caught my attention…but since there arent a lot of reviews that I have found concerning the jet I was hoping there were people that tell me how the fence is on a Jet vs a Ridgid…also the stability of the Jet portable table.

Thanks again for the advice…

-- Rayman24

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