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jasoncarpentry

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03-11-2013 07:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw modifying extension table

At the risk of having another LJ person here in East TN snatch this before I get to it, please check this out:

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/tls/3672481085.html

Cut to the chase: It’s a Jet cabinet TS w/ a 50” cast iron extension w/ router insert, and he wants $1400 for it. I think that’s a great deal; if anybody disagrees, feel free to tell me so. Now, here’s my only misgiving: Unless I do some serious rearranging of my shop, I don’t have room for the 50” extension; all I can handle (and all I need) is either a 30” or 36” extension. Should I buy it anyway, then try to trade off the extension/fence for the shorter version (maybe w/ another LJ person), or is this a dumb idea? Can it even physically be done?

Thanks,
Jim

-- Jim in Tennessee


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#1 posted 03-11-2013 07:50 PM

Why do not buy something that fit your needs instead of buying something that might or might not work for you.
I am not a Jet TS specialist, the price seems to be fair but not screaming deal. Did you check the voltage and the number of phases?.
I bought a Unisaw for around $400.00 and I rebuilt it to fit my needs.
I have a very nice Unisaw built as I wanted it for just under $1000.00

-- Bert

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 08:19 PM

$1400 is a bit steep IMO. It’s not a Uni or a PM66. It’s a nice enough saw, but I see no real advantage for the Jet over a comparable 3hp Grizzly cabinet saw with a riving knife and warranty (that might fit your space better) for about the same price. Most of the premium that a new Jet sells for goes towards dealer support and longer warranty….the dealer support no longer applies, and the warranty may not.

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 08:25 PM

Even though I’m only 90 minutes away, I think it is too much for what you need. And to be honest, I’m not a fan of the built in router extensions.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 08:32 PM

I would hold fire, and check around first. It does not come accross as a stunner of a bargain, and I am sure you could get this saw anyday for that price or even a lot better. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 08:40 PM

People-

Thanks so much for your advice! knotscott, I bow to your expertise. I was leaning towards a Grizzly anyway. The only concern I have about Grizzly is that they offer too many choices! There are at least three saws in the $1200-$1500 range. Oh well, it beats having too few choices …

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 09:04 PM

Don’t bow to my expertise….I’m not convinced there is any, but I do have an opinion. It’s more important that you buy what you like.

As for the Griz choices….it’s really just two main choices, the G0690 and the G1023, and their variations. Which features are you looking for?

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