|Forum topic by Skip Brewer||posted 04-14-2014 06:20 PM||976 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
04-14-2014 06:20 PM
Okay, so I have to share my good luck… A couple of years ago, we moved from our old house into a rental. In the old house, I had the garage wired with 220 for my bandsaw and 3-hp Jet Exacta table saw. The rental does not have 220, so for the past year and a half, I have been unable to do much woodworking. I finally got so antsy, I started doing some projects just using my Festool track saw. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Festool, and it is great for cutting sheet goods to size and giving a beautiful, almost polished edge. But there are many things for which a table saw is just more convenient to use – like ripping long thin pieces of hardwood, etc.
So this Christmas, when my wife mentioned she wanted to buy me a new grill/smoker, I asked her if we could buy a new 110v table saw that I could use while we lived in our current house. When we buy another house, I will have 220 installed, so I am keeping my big cabinet saw, but I wanted something to get me by in the meantime. I had in mind to get either a Ridgid 4512 or the new Delta TS available at Lowes. I wanted to keep the cost to around $500-600, or lower if I could get them to accept the 20% HF coupon.
For some reason, things kept coming up and I never bought the table saw. In the meantime, I had started building a dresser for my youngest son, and I was getting ready to start finishing the project. He wanted the dresser painted, and I decided I wanted to check out the General Finishes Milk Paint. The only place around here that carries that line is Woodcraft, so on Sunday morning, I headed down to see what colors they had in stock.
When I got there, I saw a whole bunch of cars in the parking lot, with tables set up and what looked like used tools on them. It turns out that Woodcraft does this twice a year – the customers bring out their tools and equipment they want to sell or trade. So I thought I would wander around and see what was available.
At the end of the row was a guy with a table saw on the bed of his truck. I walked over to look at it. It was a Jet JWTS 10” contractor saw. The saw was in excellent condition – just a couple of minor rust spots on the table. Not only that, it had an Incra TS-III 32” fence and a sliding crosscut/miter table, and also had the Jet mobile base. Everything looked to be in near-new condition, so I assumed the cost would be out of my price range, but I asked him what he wanted for the saw anyway. I about passed out when he told me he wanted $350 for the entire package!
It almost seemed to be too good to be true, and of course, out in a parking lot there was no way to turn the saw on and test it. But I checked everything I could short of turning the motor on. All the gears worked, the blade rose and lowered smoothly, the bevel gear worked, etc. I asked him why he was getting rid of it, and he said he needed to the room for his new Sawstop cabinet saw. I figured that even if I had to replace the motor, what he had was worth more than $350, so I took a leap of faith and bought it.
I am happy to say that my faith was justified. I took it home and set it up. I had to take the fence and the sliding table off to transport it home, so I had to re-install and align both of those. But the blade was perfectly aligned with the miter slots, and the arbor runout was less than .003”. When I turned it on, the vibration was minimal for a contractor saw (didn’t try the nickel test yet), and the quality of the cuts were great. I swapped out the blade with one of my Forrest blades, but that is the only change I have made so far.
Here are some pics. I know it’s bad to brag, but when something like this falls into your lap, you have to share it with others who can really appreciate it!
-- Skip, Califormia