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dan_fash

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594 days ago

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My 25 year old Delta (not impressive) TS finally died. Have found a 10ish year old jet right tilt cabinet saw on craigslist for $950. The best I can tell is it is a jet jtas 10-1, from around 2002. Was in a commercial cabinet shop. Not sure if it is 3hp or 5. Any ideas on value, or generally is this a good/bad/great deal, assuming TS is in good working condition.

http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/tls/3416738487.html

Any help appreciated.
Pretty sure I’ll need to make a decision tomorrow.

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 594 days ago

I would guess you could buy a 10 year old Powermtic for $500-750 which in my opinion is twice the saw a jet saw is.
So $950 is about $500 to much for this saw in my opinion.

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#2 posted 594 days ago

Be sure the motors are single phase. I’d check the price of a new Grizzly version of each, and make an offer of roughly 50% of new….if they decline, I’d buy new Grizzly, Shop Fox, or Steel City, or older Delta, PM, General etc.

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toolie

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#3 posted 594 days ago

+10 to both of the above. that saw is ovepriced, IMHO. and do you really want a saw that’s been beat up for 10 years in a commercial environment?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#4 posted 593 days ago

With my limited experience, I don’t think you should take my opinions too seriously, but I’ll agree with the guys above and say that’s about double what it’s worth.

After using a few different saws I’d go with either a Delta Unisaw (older ones are nice, but they’re all right tilt and some only have 1.5-2hp motors if it matters), or a Powermatic 66. Replacement parts are still readily available for these machines (even though it takes a lot of wear/abuse to break them) and will probably be easier to find than parts for other brands. You should be able to find either for less than that one if you wait, possibly much less. My 66 was missing the miter gauge, blade guard (both have been replaced with better ones) and dust door and the paint was pretty bad too, but it still cuts GREAT. I paid $350 for that and figure I would have replaced those parts anyway, so it worked out well. If you buy used just make sure you can test it out and actually put some wood through it if possible. Watch out for 3 phase motors too, that should be the first thing you look for.

If you aren’t the type of person who enjoys fiddling and tuning up these machines, you should probably just buy a new Grizz for a little more, but I really like how well the older ones work and the fact that my money isn’t going overseas.

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#7 posted 593 days ago

Go with the Grizz. the door for the Unisaw will cost another hundred unless some of these guys has one to give you. That sheet metal isn’t cheap. You probably won’t beat that price and it in you home town too!!

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#8 posted 593 days ago

My first question would be is your original saw a right tilt also or are all of your current shop jigs now useless because the new saw is right tilt?.. its something to consider.. I switched from right tilt to left tilt and then realized I had to make new jigs.. just my two cents..

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#9 posted 593 days ago

My first question would be is your original saw a right tilt also or are all of your current shop jigs now useless because the new saw is right tilt?.. its something to consider.. I switched from right tilt to left tilt and then realized I had to make new jigs.. just my two cents..Papa

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dan_fash

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#10 posted 591 days ago

well, I decided to go a much different way. my shop is my garage, and most often, I move my tools to the driveway, so portability was a factor for me. I decided to go withthe Ridgid r4512. Nice included mobile base, all the power I need (even though I dream of 8/4 or 12/4 bubinga) and a lifetime service agreement. I read several reviews, and they all seemed positive except the for some problems with the fence staying alligned. not a huge fan of sheet metal wings, but they adjusted easily, and I like them (perfectly flat) better than the stamped sheet metal wings of my delta. Assembly took about 4 hours, and then another 2-3 hours tuning. from the factory, blade was about 8 thou. off from the miter slots, 90 degree and 45 needed adjustment. Fence was about 18 thou off at the rear, adjusted down to about 6 thou. at the back. Adjusting the blade to the miter slots required loosening the motor/blade mount from the bottom of the table, but this was suprisingly easy. fence adjustments were not too difficult, which is good, as I can’t afford to upgrade my fence right now. for set up and initial cuts, I left the ridgid factory blade on the saw. 4/4 maple cut like ‘butta’, and once I put my Freud on , I expect even better results. I may not have the big cabinet saw that I’ve drooled over, but after 20 years with my delta, I feel like I’ve steped into a whole new TS world. for what I do, and if the lifetime waranty really does as it says, I may not find myself needing anything more ant any point.

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

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toolie

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#11 posted 591 days ago

congrats on the 4512 and welcome to the ridgid family. amazing what the right blade can do for a table saw with a 1.5 hp motor. cabinet saws are nice, but that saw will perform well for a long time.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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