|Forum topic by Joseph Cataldie||posted 08-07-2009 07:46 AM||14484 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-07-2009 07:46 AM
Here’s the skinny…
I’ve been working for about two or three years with a Black & Decker Table saw (don’t know the model number off hand and who cares anyway, right?) and have been able to pull off some decent work, all things considered. I paid $75 for it on clearance at the blue store and it come with really wide wings and a stand. I’ve completed two house flips with it (including 600 sq ft of oak flooring) and innumerable craft and furniture projects. To say the least, I’ve gotten my money’s worth and it has served me well.
That said, I have reassessed my priorities and went out and bought myself a new saw and more importantly a new fence. It would be pretty stupid to put a $300 fence on a $75 saw, but I found a Ridgid TS2410LS, Reconditioned for about 200 bucks at an outlet in Alabama. It retails at the orange store for $500! Since it came with a 1 year warranty, I jumped on it and I like it. Problem: It has the old stand, the Work-N-Haul or whatever its called. This thing sucks. Everyone of them that I’ve seen is wobbly and the pin that holds it up bends like a piece of coathanger wire. So I need a new stand.
That’s when I decided to build something like this, that would be perfect for my shop (with a few personal tweaks of course – kudos to Greg Wurst).
The problem is that the Ridgid has a sliding top so there will be a gap in the top of the bench whether its extended all the way or not. Not that big of a deal, but not ideal either.
Then I looked on craigslist and found a Jet JWTS-10 for $375 that at least from a structural standpoint would likely work better, though it weighs 250 pounds vs. my 120 pound Ridgid.
I’ve heard that the fence on the Jet is kind of a POS and I’m pretty satisfied with the fence on the Ridgid. Plus the added weight will make the bench more cumbersome since I need it to be mobile. That said, I’ve heard good things about the Jet saw itself, which retails for $600. I will not be able to afford an aftermarket fence anytime soon.
So finally, here’s my question: Is it worth buying the Jet for $375 and trying to sell my Ridgid for around $300 just to fill the gap in my bench? I’m open to advise.
These are the things that I lie awake thinking about at night.
-- Joey C., Baton Rouge, LA, www.JCcypress.com