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Forum topic by scarpenter002 posted 08-30-2014 05:32 PM 1930 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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scarpenter002

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08-30-2014 05:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a cabinet saw, but am unsure if paying the extra $460 for the Jet is worth it. Jets are on sale for the next two weeks, with an extra 10% off. I have been waiting all summer for them to go on sale again, as they were 15% off a single weekend late last spring. So, my wants are as follows:
  • 3hp 220v
  • 50” rip capacity
  • Full Cabinet saw
  • Dust Collection Port

Based on reading reviews online, I see a number of Grizzly owners who stated that work was required to get the saw square and that there were some with vibration issues, along with other quality issues. There are 8 reviews on the 690 averaging 4.5 stars and 2 on the 691 both at 4 stars. There are only 2 reviews of the 30” Xacta saw on LJ’s, but no 50”. Both give the saw 5 stars.

I currently use a 10” Craftsman contractor tablesaw with 30” rip capacity that I have had for the last 23 years. I want this to be my last tablesaw, lasting me another 20+ years.

For those with either of these saws, please provide me with your thoughts.

Thanks,
Scott

-- Scott in Texas


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Loren

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 07:16 PM

It depends on the type of work you intend to do.

I’ve started recommending 12” saws for making furniture.
For cabinetry 10” is fine. The extra depth capacity of
a 12” saw allows it to crosscut and rip the thicker table
legs found in mission furniture, other styles and so forth.

Those saws may well come out of the same factory
in Taiwan. People have been saying Jet’s woodworking
line has gone downhill in recent years, in relation to
Jet prices I’ve seen reports of uninspired quality control.

Grizzly of course really goes after the value-minded customer
and if the fit and finish is not so fabulous the price
is nice.

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retfr8flyr

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 08:40 PM

I was in the same position last year and after stewing over it for quite a while, I went with the Jet Xacta. I have been very happy with it and it was the correct choice for me. I ended up with the 5 hp, due to the 3 hp being out of stock, with 30 inch cut and added the Incra fence system to it. I like the added features over the Grizzly, especially the larger table and one wrench blade change. The small drawer at the base is nice to keep the wrench and extra blades handy. I didn’t have any setup problems, everything was right on from the factory, DC is great and it’s a joy to use. I recommend the Jet mobile base if you need to move it around.

-- Earl

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scarpenter002

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#3 posted 08-30-2014 09:35 PM

Thank you Earl and Loren for the input. A couple of good points to consider.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 12:02 AM

I had a 3 hp Xacta for a number of years and was really happy with it. It was a solid machine that required almost no adjustments. The only reason I do not have it today as I bought a SawStop and someone got a really sweet deal on the Xacta.

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 08:30 PM

Based on the quality of Jet cabinet saw that I have owned for over 25 years, I would recommend Jet.

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#6 posted 09-06-2014 12:00 AM

If I were to buy Grizzly, would go with the 1023, built in Taiwan over the 690, built in China. The Jet is a good saw as well. The Grizzly machines I have that are built in Taiwan seem higher quality than the China built ones. I have 6 Grizzly machines.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#7 posted 09-06-2014 12:44 AM

Thanks Jim. I will keep that in mind in my decision.

-- Scott in Texas

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scarpenter002

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#8 posted 09-06-2014 12:45 AM

Thanks for the comments Ron. 25 years would be great.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 09-06-2014 12:58 PM

I’d suggest the griz. The 18” jet BS I owned was a decidedly average tool that was sold at a premium price when new. The griz offers a better value and, based on all the reviews I’ve read and inspection of griz tools in a showroom, delivers the same functionality.

My further question is the reason you feel it’s necessary to abandon your c-man? I had a 70s vintage unisaw and opted for keeping my two Emerson built 10”CI contractor saws and disposed of the 3hp unisaw. With the proper blade and alignment, they have handled 8/4 hardwoods without incident.

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

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#10 posted 09-06-2014 06:24 PM

I have the 691 for around five years now. I was considering the Delta at the time as well. Couldn’t justify the extra $$$ for the Delta. The 691 was no problem setting up and has performed perfectly. I highly recommend it.

-- Ken

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#11 posted 09-06-2014 07:18 PM

If you don’t mind being your own middleman, the savings with Griz are significant. If dealer support is important to yoyu, and are willing to pay the premium for it, the Jet will do well too. Both good saws….setup and blade selection are going to be the determining factors in the final performance.

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

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scarpenter002

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#12 posted 09-06-2014 09:46 PM

Thank you Toolie, Ken & Scott. Many more good points to consider. I have about 56 hours to decide, then the Jet sale is over. At that point, I will either go with the Griz or wait for the next Jet sale.

-- Scott in Texas

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#13 posted 06-25-2015 11:41 PM

So did you buy the Jet ? You ended this with a cliffhanger :-). I just pulled the trigger on a new Jet Xacta deluxe 3HP, 50 inch table, should have it in a few days.

-- "The Truth is always appropriate but not always welcome"

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#14 posted 06-26-2015 12:13 AM

I enjoyed reading your post. Sounds so much like what I have just gone through, trying to decide. I have several other JET tools so I was already familiar with their quality. However, SawStop was tempting as was the Powermatic. But Jet won out. I do have a question, when your saw arrived did it have a power cord, I know it won’t have a plug but did it have the power cable already connected.


I was in the same position last year and after stewing over it for quite a while, I went with the Jet Xacta. I have been very happy with it and it was the correct choice for me. I ended up with the 5 hp, due to the 3 hp being out of stock, with 30 inch cut and added the Incra fence system to it. I like the added features over the Grizzly, especially the larger table and one wrench blade change. The small drawer at the base is nice to keep the wrench and extra blades handy. I didn t have any setup problems, everything was right on from the factory, DC is great and it s a joy to use. I recommend the Jet mobile base if you need to move it around.

- retfr8flyr


-- "The Truth is always appropriate but not always welcome"

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retfr8flyr

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#15 posted 06-28-2015 04:10 AM

Yes, my saw had a power cord and I just attached the type plug I wanted. I think you will love your new jet saw. The DC on it is very good and mine came in great shape. When I was setting it up, everything was dead on, I didn’t have to make any adjustments. It also cuts like a dream, you can’t believe how good a big cabinet saw feels, over a cheaper contractor type saw, until you actually get to make some cuts and really feel it for yourself.

-- Earl

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