Contractor Saw Refurbishing #1: Good news: I got it home. Bad news: Now I have to do something with it!

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Blog entry by slaphitter posted 10-01-2007 05:01 AM 1349 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found an old, well-worn Jet contractor saw locally through Craigslist. It came with a Delta Unifence, so even with some replacement parts and repairs factored in, I got it for a steal at $175. It was quite a job to horse it home by myself, but with the help of an appliance dolly I managed to get it out of its old basement and into my basement.

I thought it might be fun for someone if I occasionally post updates here. And I certainly welcome all the tips and suggestions that anyone might offer.

Here is the plate – “Series” is simply “JET”. Serial Number is “46”. Jet customer service is helping me figure out what I have.

Black Unifence rail, angle bracket for attaching rail to entension/router tale on right side, and stamped steel left wing underneath them.

Unifence body. (Sitting on my old benchtop saw with aluminum top, not the new project saw.)

Old (warped) right wing extension table (top will be replaced). They also threw in an old roller stand for free.

Shop-made zero clearance insert was on the saw. If I can’t find prefab ones to fit this saw, it will be a template for me.

Previous owner kept lots of unused hardware – should be useful for me.

Rear. Motor rated at 1.5 hp.

Old, rusty, corroded Freud blade was in the saw – won’t even try to save it, the teeth are in horrible shape.

Deposits of tar/pitch and sawdust. This is the front of the saw, where the blade moves downward and flings the fresh-cut debris downward and forward. This gunk is caked in the threads of the blade angle mechanism, making it very stiff.

Previous owner jerry-rigged a new switch (holes in the front show where the original was). He was a contractor, so this is the kind of handy thing one might expect. It works fine, but I probably will replace with a proper safety switch.

The original splitter and guard are gone, but this appears to be the attachment point for the splitter. One of my top priorities. In the back of the saw, in the middle of the trunion, is an empty threaded hole. I wonder if that has something to do with the blade guard as well…

And here she is in my shop, ready to be rehabbed.

I will use the Unifence, rebuild the rightside extention table and hang my router lift in it. I have a complete mobile base (with extension) ordered. When finished, it will fill up my little shop, but it will double as my general purpose worktable as well as my table saw.

Wish me luck!

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#1 posted 10-01-2007 05:23 AM

Good luck. Will be interesting to see your progress.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-01-2007 09:12 AM

Great job.

We had a number of recent posts on how to get the rust off and keep it off. Renaissance wax and hours of polishing with 0000 steel wool or a few minutes with your random orbit sander.

You might want to check with your local (or even Forrest if by mail) saw sharpening shop. Mine usually charges $0.25 per tooth for sharpening and less than a buck if a tooth needs to be replaced. That looks like an 80 tooth blade worth about $100. You might first soak it in Simple Green for a while. I know Freud says don’t use EZ Off, but I did and it saved me at least one sharpening. That is the least expensive thing I know to do and it may save you a bunch of money.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 10-01-2007 12:42 PM

Looks like work ahead. It is a joy to take an old machine and re-hab it. When it works even better than you expected there is a feeling of true accomplishment. Enjoy the process. Half the fun is the journey.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-01-2007 02:54 PM

that’s exciting (well, except for the moving part) ...
I just smile at the thought of having something with a serial number “46”.. no 7 digit numbers!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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