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Forum topic by swoper posted 09-13-2013 03:18 PM 885 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2013 03:18 PM

Hi I have found a Jet 12 inch t.s. don’t know much about 12 inch saws. what are my main concerns with blades, power supply or parts. I want a better saw then a contractor type and this looks like a good buy.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi


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#1 posted 09-13-2013 08:12 PM

Are you talking about a Jet 12” cabinet saw? The 10” Jets are great saws and the 12” is, well the same basic saw, but takes a 12” blade. They come with either a 3hp or 5 hp motor and they run only on 220V. 12” blades will naturally cost more than 10” blades. 3hp will probably be adequate, but for cutting at full capacity, I would go with 5hp. Parts are readily available from Jet. They are made in Taiwan and considered high end over Grizzly. They are on a par with Powermatic, Delta, General and Sawsafe.

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 08:58 PM

Sawsafe

Is that a new competitor to Sawstop?

I want a better saw then a contractor type and this looks like a good buy.

any pics of the 12” jet? how good a deal is it?

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unbob

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#3 posted 09-13-2013 10:10 PM

Depends on the vintage of the Jet 12” saw.
What is right for me may not be right for you.
The earlier version of the Jet and Griz 12” saws were more of a copy of the Delta 12-14 then current models.
The table will be 38” deep with 48” across the top and wings. It will most likely be 3phase 5 to 7hp. It will weigh close to 850lbs. I don’t know about the Jet, the early Griz has changeable sub arbors 5/8” to 1 1/4”, with 1” being standard, just as the Delta 12-14. And right blade tilt. Griz has these sub arbors still in stock at reasonable prices. These saws have close to 8” more table distance from the blade. This can be a problem for shorter people. I much prefer these 12” saws sitting directly and solidly on the floor. The two I am currently using are the Delta 12-14, and a Powermatic 72A. These saws can take a 14” blade, but it will not retract completely as the 12” blades will. I favor the Delta because of the changeable sub arbors, allowing 5/8” hole blades to be used. I do prefer overall 12” and 14” blades-standard kerf 1/8” and 9/64”. The advantages for me is a more solid piece of equipment, bigger arbor bearings, deeper cuts with smoother finish over 10” saws. The Delta has 2” diameter worms for the gear racks, and 10” hand wheels-effortless and smooth movements that say put when locking and unlocking the movement locks. These machines are more serious machine tools, to be treated with the most respect. Any mishap or kick back will be a bad event. I often see operators stand in front of a board on the standard 10” saws. One would have to be pretty daring to do that with one of these machines. That is, if a board is going to come back out for any reason, there will be no holding it, or reaching for the stop button using 12” and 14” blades with the larger framed 7 hp motor. Trying to do so may kill you. With due care, and proper board preparation, these machine are ideal for me. Huge difference over the toy like 10” cabinet and contractors saws.

Just say no to Puni-saws!

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#4 posted 09-13-2013 11:06 PM

Hi guys this is just a average craigslist saw a rusty 12” jet in need of rehab, I talked to seller today and was told a friend was interested in it and if he refused I would get a call back. I am looking for a older cabinet saw that is reasonably priced this one was 400 a fair price just what I wanted, just was not sure of a 12inch verses a 10.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 01:58 AM

aren’t 12” blades more expensive than 10” blades.

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unbob

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 04:42 AM

“aren’t 12” blades more expensive than 10” blades.”

They are, but not twice as much. A good quality 12” blade is more robust, most have thicker carbide, good for several grinds.
10 and 12” dado stacks cost a lot more then 8”.

My observation, the larger blades with the more mass of the machine, larger arbor, more hp and torque, better and stiffer bearing arrangement, the carbide edges hold up longer. Most 10” blades are pretty much throw away.
With the earlier 12” Grizzly and the long ago discontinued Delta 12-14, 10” and even 7 1/4” 5/8” arbor blades are readily usable as is 8” dado stacks.

The changeable sub arbors is a nice feature. A full 12” dado stack is an impressive wood remover, sounds like a spun up turbine.

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#7 posted 09-14-2013 07:21 PM

unbob, You are talking about machines that are really not suitable for the average home shop woodworker. Machines like yours are more suitable in a production shop. I had the opportunity to buy a Delta 14” RAS, 7-1/2hp, but even though it was a good price, I passed on it. Too much of a saw for my use. A 10” cabinet saw serves me perfectly.

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unbob

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 08:13 PM

Yes that can be true, but everyone does different things.
I have looked over many aspects of woodworking, and quickly realized the high price of wood.
In my situation, I found I can buy 1200lb rough sawn slabs directly from a mill, then break it down to usable sizes, at a huge savings, and get better woods to boot.
Then, I salvage wood, looking for large beams. There also I need the heavy weight equipment.
Another aspect, owning a machine shop, I am used to moving and dealing with very heavy equipment, and dealing with 3phase motors.
I have two 12” saws, and heavier machines in my basement, but I am used to moving things like that.

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#9 posted 09-17-2013 09:49 AM

Hi everyone after thinking it over I decided to go with a unisaw . The 12 inch Jet was rusty and needed to be reassembled all for 400, the Unisaw is a 1 owner well maintained saw it cost me 500. First thing is to upgrade the fence and maybe get a mobile base for it.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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