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Rookie702

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03-01-2012 09:54 PM

Hello Everyone,

I have been a fan of this website for about a year now and happy to announce that i have joined the forums to ask for some advice on a few things.

I just purchases what i would call my first “Real Table Saw”

A JET 10-Inch Model JPS-10TS

http://jettools.com/us/manufacturing/en/product.html?node=4654&product=361463

I would like to replace the extensions with something other than the steel extension wings, i was not able to get the cast iron wings. What are some suggestions for doing this, what is the best material to build the extensions from.

Would also appreciate any other hints and tips with this saw..

thanks

Jason


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 10:01 PM

Jason, were you not able to purchase the cast iron wings for budget reasons or because they were not available ? Why are you unhappy with the standard wings on that saw. Appears to be a decent saw.

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 10:05 PM

Congrats on the saw and welcome to Lumberjocks!

I’d recommend a stable plywood like Baltic birch and cover it with laminate. Some may recommend MDF, which is generally really stable and flat, but I personally avoid that stuff whenever I can.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 10:18 PM

cabmaker,

Let me clarify, i was able to purchase the steel wings, but the cast iron wings were another 3 or 400 bucks and i didn’t have it at the time. If i didn’t pull the trigger and get the saw now, I figured I would have some reason for not doing it down the road so i bought the saw.

I can get the cast iron wings down the road i believe.

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 10:27 PM

Now it makes since. If it were me and I was needing to extend a wing I would use melamine (3/4 inch). If I was simply wanting to replace a wing it would be cast iron or stay with the wings that came on it. That sounds awlfull high for the wings. I ve bought two maybe three and dont think I ever paid more than 90 bucks and that was for a delta (10 X 27 inch.) But that has been a few years ago. What ever you decide I wish you well. JB

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 11:12 PM

I thought all new table saws were required to have a riving knife since 2 or 3 years ago. This saw does not have one. Of, if it does, they have not updated the manual.

I have a Craftsman 21833, same as the Ridgid 4512, and it has steel wings with a cast iron table. I don’t see what the issue is with steel wings. Mine work perfectly fine. I just keep them waxed with a little Johnson’s paste wax along with the table and every thing is smooth. I sure wouldn’t pay $300 or $400 extra for iron wings. Heck, I didn’t pay but $409 for the whole saw.

Be safe and enjoy.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Rookie702

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 11:21 PM

it does have one, well at least the model that i was on the floor of the sales store had one.

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 11:36 PM

Good. That’s a very important safety device. The manual only indicated it had a splitter, which is used to mount the guard.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 01:10 AM

That’s a nice saw. Congrats! Align it as close as possible and invest in a good saw blade. Be safe!

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

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#9 posted 03-02-2012 01:21 AM

You done good. Very nice saw !

knotscott is kind of Mr. Table Saw, around here, and (duhhhhhh) he’s right: get yourself a good blade (which I’ll be he could recommend, even !) and align it well.

Kelly Mehler wrote a book called … The Table Saw Book. Very good basic info about proper use, and alignment procedures. It’s time well spent to dial it in, before ripping into … well … ripping.

I like the Forrest blades, by the way, but … lots of people are super happy with Freud, Amana, Ridge, and many others … most of which are probably cheaper. Much depends on what you’ll do, mostly, with this saw.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 03-02-2012 01:37 AM

I’m with knotscott. My first saw was used and had steel wings, it served me well for many years. Get the thing dialed in, fence aligned and drop a few coins on a good blade. I like my Frued Fusion, Forrest also makes good blades

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#11 posted 03-02-2012 01:41 AM

Forrest also makes food blades.

Tech, I wouldn’t recommend cutting food on the table saw. That’s what the bandsaw is for! :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 03-02-2012 01:51 AM

Brandon

I saw that and corrected it.. Glad they have that edit feature. I use my I pad in the evenings and have to thumb type. Turned off the auto correct, that was worse than fat fingering food instead of good.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#13 posted 03-02-2012 01:56 AM

LOL. Yeah, I couldn’t let that one slide. ;-)

I edit my posts for typos all the time, so I know what you mean.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#14 posted 03-02-2012 03:20 AM

....and sometimes I wish that edit feature would hang around more than 60 minutes!

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

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#15 posted 03-02-2012 04:26 AM

Thanks for all the replies, I actually have been following this website for a while, I found the projects section very valuable for researching jigs, and such, look forward to posting my own soon.

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