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vincelumber

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568 days ago

Looking at purchasing a Delta Contractor Saw with Biesemeyer Fence or Jet JWTS Table saw both around $325 used The delta is in great condition the Jet needs a cleaning of surface rust but has cast iron. Any suggestions for this newbe to woodworking… Thanks!

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knotscott

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#1 posted 568 days ago

The Delta fence is much better, and the designs are similar. Since the Delta’s in better shape, it’s an easy choice for me. Does the Delta have a blade guard?

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#2 posted 568 days ago

No question the “Delta Contractor Saw” is by FAR the better saw. The fence on it is
an add-on and very good quality.
I’ve owned the “Delta Contractor Saw” for years and love it.
I paid over $800.00 for the saw new.

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Ross

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#3 posted 568 days ago

I own the Jet JWTS table saw and its been very good to me. However, looking at the 2 of them I would buy the Delta. The Biesemeyer Fence is worth the price that they are asking for the whole set up. Definitely a better buy.

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#4 posted 568 days ago

No doubt Go for the Delta

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#5 posted 568 days ago

+1 on the delta.

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#6 posted 568 days ago

the jet is overpriced at $325. i’m not a fan of right tilt saws (they are both right tilts), but the delta with the nice bies would be my choice. easily worth between $250 and $300. it isn’t even close.

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vincelumber

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#7 posted 568 days ago

It does not include the blade guard… Any recommendations on an aftermarket one?
Thanks to everyone for their advice… Looks like I’ll pick up the Delta. Any tips for properly setting/alignment of the saw?

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toolie

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#8 posted 568 days ago

this is a good overview:

http://www.newwoodworker.com/basic/tsalign.html

and these guys have a delta splitter (part # 1349941) that’s $60 shipped, but it doesn’t include a blade guard:

http://www.sawcenter.com/unisawparts.htm

there’s the B.O.R.K.:

http://www.theborkstore.com/

and also the shark guard:

http://leestyron.com/

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

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madts

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#9 posted 568 days ago

I have had a 12” Delta/Rockwell contractors saw for nearly 35 years. Best saw ever. Getting hard to get parts though.

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Alutkus

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#10 posted 568 days ago

Definatly the Delta

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vincelumber

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#11 posted 568 days ago

Yahoo! Picked up the Delta and can’t wait to get it cleaned up, aligned, and cutting… It’s wired for 220v, but I’m going to have to rewire it for 110 for now.

If you have any more advice on setting it up properly let me know…

Thanks for everyones input!

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knotscott

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#12 posted 568 days ago

”...If you have any more advice on setting it up properly let me know…”

Get a decent blade for it, and keep it clean. (~ $30 and up).

Congrats!

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

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kdc68

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#13 posted 568 days ago

vincelumber – good decision and enjoy your ‘new” saw

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Tedstor

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#14 posted 568 days ago

Download the owners manual for the saw AND fence- if the seller didn’t provide you with one. Most of the advice you’ll need is in the manual.

Sidenote: I can’t stress buying a good, magnetic featherboard enough. They typically cost around $40. They look like a ripoff at that price, but several people (including myself) find them indespensible. Safety items that are easy to use, are more likely to get used.

Oh- and +1 on what Knottscott said about a quality blade. You don’t necessarily need to spend $100 on a Forrest blade, but don’t buy a $12 POS either. Besides the cutting performance, a crappy blade is more likely to be out of balance or warped- making it much harder to properly set-up the saw.

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