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#1 posted 09-18-2011 06:08 PM

Greetings, I am a beginner woodworker as have come to realize that I must have a table saw to do anything of quality and value. I have done a lot of reading and realize that a good table saw is integral to my shop. I, however, do not want to invest a huge amount of money but also want to get a table saw that will be of decent quality.

I have determined that a Delta or Jet contractors table saw is what I would like to start with. I checked on craigslist in my area and a Jet table saw JWTS-10JF is offered for $325 (the older blue one with the stamped steel extensions). I realize that a new Jet contractors table saw is around $1000 but this one is at least 20 years old but has not been used much (supposedly), just stuck in the corner of a garage.

My question is whether it is worth the risk to purchase this table saw if it is in good working condition or should I hold out and keep looking. I am anxious to get started on a project but I absolutely need a decent table saw to proceed. If you think I should go for it maybe a lower price would be a better bet…

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 07:20 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

In regards to your question you will get a much better response if you post it in one of the forums here on lumberjocks. You can find the tab for the forums at the top of this page. If you click on the tab it will take you to a selection of forums you can post your question in.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 01:59 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 04:05 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 04:48 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 06:07 AM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 09:22 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 05:23 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks…......You’ll find this to be the best site on the web and not just for woodworking…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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