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Forum topic by Skip Brewer posted 04-14-2014 06:20 PM 961 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Skip Brewer

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04-14-2014 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

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


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Joseph Jossem

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 06:25 PM

the fence alone was worth the price good score!

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Charlie75

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 06:39 PM

Holy crap man, you stole that saw. Good for you. Joeseph has it right. I recently priced one of these for my saw and it was more then what you paid. Enjoy your new saw.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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Gixxerjoe04

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 07:14 PM

Dang, wish I could come across a deal like that, in the market for a good table saw, maybe the woodcraft by me will have one of those days soon.

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 07:19 PM

Well done me sonny boys you are one lucky Hombre.I am sure you deserve to be so lucky and so rewarded with this purchase.I can only wish you every good wish for your future . Alistair

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

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 07:29 PM

You suck. Nice find!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 07:41 PM

As Todd said You SUCK , But On LJ’s that is a good thing.

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#7 posted 04-14-2014 07:44 PM

Very nice deal.

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#8 posted 04-14-2014 08:37 PM

Yeaaaah …. I concur. YOU SUCK is the only appropriate response here!

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