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Forum topic by TravisNW posted 12-30-2013 03:51 PM 2988 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TravisNW

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12-30-2013 03:51 PM

Hello everyone,

I’m looking to upgrade my skill jobsite saw and came across this ad on craigslist http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/tls/4248612901.html.

Model# is a Jet JWTS-10CW2-LFR and the guy is asking $600 with an upgraded 48in fence with original included, along with a 4ft x 8ft table that looks to be well made. I realize there has already been a discussion on this saw here at $650 which many of you thought was a bit too much, but I have searched long and hard for an upgrade and am simply losing patience waiting for that great deal on a cabinet saw. What are your thoughts on this saw and what would be a reasonable price point?

I am within 2 hours of Grizzly’s Bellingham WA showroom and hold a $200 gift certificate through them, so please let me know what you might recommend new from them that would be equal or better than the Jet shown. I am looking for a saw that can make precision cuts and a fence system that I can trust without having to verify over and over fence/blade distance before making each cut. I will be making anything from small boxes, all the way up to coffee tables, entertainment cabinets, and bookshelfs and typically work with domestic and exotic hardwoods. Looking for the best saw I can get for under say, $850 and need to get something as soon as possible, which is making it difficult to wait for CL ads to pop up.

This is my first post, and I’m excited to hear from the pros on this, sorry for yet another table saw post. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Travis


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knotscott

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 04:43 PM

Even with the upgraded fence, it seems high to me. As far as I can tell from the pics, it’s older technology that has the disadvantages of an outboard motor, an old style splitter vs a true riving knife, and it carries no warranty. When new, the version with the Xacta fence and solid wings would have gone in the $800-$850 range with dealer support and warranty….upgrading the fence later costs more, but he at least had the stock fence he could resell to offset costs. He enjoyed the warranty and support….you won’t, so don’t pay for that. It looks to be in nice shape, and the cast iron wings and mobile base are nice touches, but I’m thinking $400-$450 tops. Considering that you have a $200 gift card and are within driving distance, I’d head to Grizzly and look at the G0661/G0713, or G0715P.

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Bill White

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 05:20 PM

Keep in mind that customer support after the purchase is very important. Grizz is second to none in my estimation.
Bill

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TravisNW

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 05:59 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys, I went to college up in Bellingham and used to live just blocks away from Grizzly’s showroom, so I have a few reasons to go back up, see some friends, and take a look at what they have. My only fear is that on my way back home I may look in the back of the truck and see a G0690 instead. Not really a fear I guess, but it will definitely get some attention from the fiance!

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knotscott

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 06:10 PM

If you’ve got 220v and can swing it, the step to a G0690 or G1023RL is pretty significant…..a bunch more saw for the money IMHO. If she’s marrying material, she’ll understand! ;-)

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 06:11 PM

I have a Ryobi BT3000 and did not spend anywhere near $600 and the fence is right on.I also have a number of sleds for it that ride on the sides of the center section because is had no miter grooves.
Personally, I would buy a Grizzly over a Jet any day and if you have $200 to start with and are that close to Grizzly is should be an easy choice!!

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TaybulSawz

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 07:07 PM

GRIZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!

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TravisNW

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 10:04 PM

Ok, I think I’ve made the decision to bite the bullet and go with either the Grizz G0690, or the G1023RL. Looks like the G0690 has a larger rip capacity on both the left and right side of blade, different looking riving knife, a longer fence & rail 48”/62”, but a thinner table at 1.5” vs 1.75” of the 1023 to note a few differences. The purdy white paint job is nice, but that’s not really a selling point for me.

The G0690 is on sale price through tomorrow only at $1295 then goes up to $1425 according to the 2014 catalog. Is the G0690 at this price a no brainer compared to the G1023RL, or am I missing something? I’m getting this information from the comparison chart on Grizzly’s website, so I apologize if this isn’t 100% accurate. I also apologize if this comparison has been posted already, just in a hurry to get this thing finalized.

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knotscott

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#8 posted 12-30-2013 10:35 PM

”Is the G0690 at this price a no brainer compared to the G1023RL….”

Not at all….it’s a tough decision that many have agonized over. There are pros and cons with each. Both seem to be great saws and have good track records. The G0690 is based on the pre-riving knife designs with a swing arm and triple belt drive. The G1023RL is a redesign with a threaded vertical elevation mechanism that uses dovetail ways, and has a new serpentine drive belt. Table thickness would be a non-factor for me, but I do like the updated design. Since both are left tilt saws, there’s very little need to ever use the fence on the left side of hte blade, so you can easily rob rip capacity from the left and add it to the right side by sliding the rails over a little. Grizzly’s tech line could probably help you sort out more details, and which is best for you.

Original G1023 trunnions:

G0690 trunnions:

G1023RL trunnions:

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toolie

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 01:45 AM

so please let me know what you might recommend new from them that would be equal or better than the Jet shown.

good recommendations re: grizzly so far. being a right tilt, that would kill the jet for me.

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

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TravisNW

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#10 posted 12-31-2013 04:20 AM

Thanks for the detailed feedback Knotscott, I wasn’t aware of those differences, it sounds like you lean toward the 1023. In looking at the 1023, for an extra $75 I can go with the RLW and get the router table, but at the same price is the 5HP RLWX. Is there any reason to not go with the 5HP model if the price is the same?

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knotscott

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#11 posted 12-31-2013 10:12 AM

If your electrical circuit is capable of handling the 5hp motor, I’d go for it….you’ll probably never need the extra power, but it doesn’t hurt a thing and may even last longer because it’s not being pushed as hard. My personal preference is for the G1023RL, but it’s not a strong preference, and many others love the G0690….buy the one you like best.

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

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