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Forum topic by Hepster posted 02-19-2013 07:46 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2013 07:46 AM

I am relatively new to woodworking – have been building things for about a year now, and I have taken quite a bit of inspiration from the projects you all post here @ lumberjocks. My first “real” table saw was a 20 year old Crafstman I picked up off Craigslist for next to nothing, but as my skills have grown and as the aging craftsman begins to show it’s limitations, it is time to purchase a “Real-Real” table saw. I have been looking for a cabinet saw, but Craigslist around here has very slim pickin’s.

Something finally came up a few days ago – a Jet 10” table saw with 50” table. He was asking 1075 or best offer.. In conversation I told him I thought he was high – to which he has responded that he will go to $950.. That still seems slightly high to me.. He says the saw has very low hours on it yadda yadda.. I am going to see the saw in an hour or so, and I would really appreciate anyone’s insight into whether this is a reasonable price or not. I assume the saw comes with everything it originally sold with, nothing more, and assume it is in pristine near-new condition..

I am sorry, he did not have an accurate model # – he just called it a JTAS 10-1.. With the 50” fence, it may be the XL50 – I won’t know until I see it later. Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

PS: I am not much of a writer, but have really enjoyed reading all your updates / blogs / projects over the last year. Thank you!

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 10:21 AM

Considering that you can buy a brand new Grizzly G1023RL with a riving knife and a warranty for < $1400 delivered, a used Jet of comparable quality and no warranty or riving knife for anywhere near $1000 seems a tad steep to me. Note that these saws require 220v.

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 10:24 AM

If it is in like new condition, it sounds reasonable to me. You probably can’t touch a new one for that . Start looking for and making jigs for it.They really make a table saw sing.

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 11:21 AM

Spend some time in the ‘Net and see what a new TS costs from some of the retailers as Woodcraft, Grizzly, etc. For instance, I could hav ebought a lathe for $199, new, with a 90 day warranty but opted to go with a lathe that will cost a bit over $300 but it has a 5 year warranty. The old timer my father was in business with always said what seems like a bargain today might not be a bargain tomorrow.

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#4 posted 02-19-2013 12:34 PM

you can buy the ridgid at HD for $500. Ok, not in the same class maybe, but still half the price, a warranty and a decent saw from what I hear. Be patient.

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#5 posted 02-19-2013 12:43 PM

I think the saw your post is referring to is too high. You can do better if you’re patient or just check out the new saw market if you can’t wait.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-19-2013 05:19 PM

Well, it turns out the saw was in small pieces spread accross his back yard. Surface rust on the table, no rip fence that he could locate.. You could not have paid me to take the saw. So, I came home, went to, and bought the 1023RLX. Thank you all for your responses, I greatly appreciate it.

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#7 posted 02-19-2013 05:33 PM

I’ll agree with the above comments that the price (even if was all together) was a bit steep.
Grizzly will serve you well for many, many years. Just an FYI—I used an old Delta (1947 model) for years after my dad passed, and found it quite acceptable. Best advice I ever got was to use top-notch blade, so I opted for Forrest and never, ever regretted it. Kept the table clean and smooth and made many jigs/accessories over the years. Finally updated to the “wife-approved” SawStop and still found that, as good as it is—and it really is—the blade makes a big difference! I’m confident this would also apply to your Griz model.

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#8 posted 02-19-2013 05:41 PM

I agree with alderman. Make sure to buy a good blade, or a few good blades. It is money well-spent.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 02-19-2013 06:40 PM

What the others said; I mid priced saw with a good blade and jigs will be a good step up. I just stepped up the the Ridged Don mentioned. With coupon it was $425 plus a life time warranty. It wasn’t the cabinet saw I wanted but was quite a step up from my Dewalt bench top.

-- Bryan

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#10 posted 02-19-2013 08:04 PM

it was $425 plus a life time warranty.

ridgid does not offer a lifetime warranty or guaranty on it’s new handheld and stationary power tools. here is their guaranty and info on the LSA:

failure by a new tool’s owner to register that new tool with the LSA leaves that tool owner with only the 3 year new tool guaranty. i and oth my sons own a LOT of ridgid tools and really like all of them. the registration procedure must be followed carefully and copies of all documents sent to ridgid should be retained.

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#11 posted 02-19-2013 08:31 PM

Opps! Toolie is right, it’s a Lifetime Service Agreement. I did go online and register too. Quite a process. This is my first Ridged tool and I have to say I’m very impressed with it so far.

-- Bryan

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#12 posted 02-19-2013 09:10 PM

I know the Jet turned out to be a bust but if it was the 3HP model those are over $2,000 new, so one in excellent condition is not overpriced at $1,000. Not all tablesaws are the same, don’t just look at the price tag. Congrats on your new Grizzly.


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#13 posted 02-19-2013 09:30 PM

Bsmith…...also, remember to mail in the required documentation to the address specified in the registration material, keep copies and follow up. it can take upwards of 6 months for the coverage shown on your dashboard on the ridgid website to change from 3 year guaranty to LSA.

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#14 posted 02-20-2013 08:50 PM

Hepster: You won’t regret the Griz purchase. I have had my 1023 for 5 years and it is a very good saw. Get yourself a good blade of your choice, I would reccomend a full kerf Forrest Woodworker II, but that’s just my personal preference. Best of luck with your new hobby! Work safe, smile a lot and HAVE FUN!

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