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Forum topic by myxology posted 02-15-2018 03:17 PM 368 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2018 03:17 PM

I have an older Jet contractor style table saw. I bought it used a couple years back and it was really in great shape. I really like the saw, but ever since I moved, I feel like I’m hearing it wobble or something. It just sounds odd, not quite as smooth as it used to. I’ve been thinking I should probably do a tune up of it anyways, and that’s the reason for this post. I don’t have experience in taking a table saw apart and I’m not so incredibly mechanically inclined that I want to just jump in and do it. Does anybody have a suggestion on some YouTube videos I could watch that would cover a really thorough tune up for this kind of saw? Maybe not this one exactly, but the style of saw? I’m not afraid to get into it, but I’d like to get some knowledge before I start removing things. :) Thoughts?

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 03:22 PM

Table saws really aren’t complicated machines. Get the exploded parts diagram printed out, take some pictures, and get to work. Use those little Harbor Freight magnetic parts trays (or some other tray/box thing) to keep parts organized. Don’t be afraid to label parts according to what you see on the diagram as you remove them. That will greatly help reassembly. Take plenty of pictures as you go. They’ll help jog your memory when reassembly time comes.

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 03:53 PM

I can’t recommend a video, but will offer that the guts of your saw are similar or identical to many of the saws that were made in Mao Shan’s Taiwan plant during that era – Grizzly, General International, PM, Ohio Forge, AFF, etc, so anything that pertains to them, should also pertain to your Jet saw. It’d be good to post your specific model # to be sure.

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 05:40 PM

I don’t have any suggestions for videos or articles to read. I have an old Jet contractor’s saw (JWTS-10JF—the blue one). I would suggest replacing the belt with a link V-belt if you have not already done so (I did this). Another thing you might consider is replacing the factory pulleys with machined steel pulleys—that may help reduce vibration (I have not done this).

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