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northwestgrad

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06-06-2018 01:49 PM

Hi all-

First time posting, but I have been doing a little reading. My current table saw is some cheapo plastic craftsman model. It sounds like the bearings are ready to explode at any given moment. Needless to say, its time to get a new one.

https://desmoines.craigslist.org/tls/d/jet-twts-10-table-saw/6597835159.html

What is lumberjocks thought on this saw? It seems reasonably priced, and I want to keep it all under 750, my other options are the Delta 36-725 at lowes or the rigid r4512 from HD.


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Dustin

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#1 posted 06-06-2018 02:00 PM

While that Bies fence is super nice, $650 for a used contractor’s saw is really high in my neck of the woods, even with an upgraded fence.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#2 posted 06-06-2018 02:02 PM

It does seem high to me as well. $300-350 range maybe a slight bit more. But not $650…

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Bill_Steele

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#3 posted 06-06-2018 02:14 PM

I have the blue version (older?) of this same saw. I bought it new for about $600 about 20 years ago and it still works well. The Biesemeyer fence is a nice upgrade. Check to see if the seller has the stock splitter and blade guard. Assuming you do not plan to move the saw around alot, I think this slightly larger and heavier (~200 lbs) contractor saw is a nice upgrade from a lighter more portable job-site saw. A link-belt and PALS are nice upgrades.

I think $650 is alot—perhaps because of the Biesemeyer fence—I would offer $450 and stop at $500.

Let me know if you have any specific questions about this model—I’d be happy to share what I know.

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 06-06-2018 02:21 PM

AGREED with rest ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

2 MUCH MONEY worth only half that :<))

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#5 posted 06-06-2018 03:37 PM

It sounds like the bearings are ready to explode at any given moment. Needless to say, its time to get a new one.

Or just replace the bearings on what you got so you have time to look for an upgrade. $10 will buy you a lot of time, which is key to finding a good deal on CL.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 06-06-2018 03:42 PM

I agree with the above that $650 is too high. It does say it has the original fence that could be sold to recoup a little cost but I wouldn’t go over $400-$450 max for that saw. The two new saws you referenced would at least have a warranty for not much more.

Craftsman with half-ways decent fence – needs cleaned up so I wouldn’t go over $150-$200
https://desmoines.craigslist.org/tls/d/craftsman-table-saw/6606015879.html

For $600 here is a much better saw
https://desmoines.craigslist.org/for/d/grizzly-table-saw/6575263378.html

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#7 posted 06-06-2018 03:49 PM


My current table saw is some cheapo plastic craftsman model. It sounds like the bearings are ready to explode at any given moment. Needless to say, its time to get a new one.

Can we make this a standard reply anytime someone posts asking if this (insert crappy table saw here) will be good enough to build furniture?

$650 is high considering that looks VERY WELL USED. It can last a long time and the fence is worth some money.

What I want to know if why people who list stuff on CL don’t bother to turn on a light, wipe it down, and make it look half presentable!

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Dwain

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#8 posted 06-06-2018 03:50 PM

Smitdog is really helping you out here. I know that Grizzly is older and not very clean, but if it runs well, it can be cleaned up easily and you will have a table saw that will do almost anything you ask of it. There is a big jump between contractor and cabinet saws.

The only issue would be the accessibility to 220V power. I know I made that upgrade in my garage, now my table saw, planer and radial arm saw are 2 to3HP beasts that can get things done. I am so happy I spent that money.

I would go for the Grizzly over the Jet you posted. 100 times out of 100. You get too much extra.

Jump on the Griz!!!

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northwestgrad

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#9 posted 06-06-2018 04:00 PM

Thank you for the replies. I called the guy about the grizzly and he sounded pretty lost and I just don’t have a good way to move it and I am working with limited-ish space.

I think I am going to go with the Delta 36-725 contractor saw from Lowe’s. I am not going to be doing custom cabinetry in my shop, but my current saw is just not going to cut the mustard. This saw seems to be well regarded on the forum and I think I will make a good choice. Plus they are going to honor a couple coupons so I will get a decent deal

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Dustin

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#10 posted 06-06-2018 04:10 PM



Thank you for the replies. I called the guy about the grizzly and he sounded pretty lost and I just don’t have a good way to move it and I am working with limited-ish space.

I think I am going to go with the Delta 36-725 contractor saw from Lowe’s. I am not going to be doing custom cabinetry in my shop, but my current saw is just not going to cut the mustard. This saw seems to be well regarded on the forum and I think I will make a good choice. Plus they are going to honor a couple coupons so I will get a decent deal

- northwestgrad

I have that saw and am very happy with it. Do yourself a favor and getting a couple good blades (a quality combo blade, if not that AND a good rip blade); going thin kerf will help a little as the 36-725 isn’t a terribly powerful saw. That said, I can rip 8/4 stock using my thin kerf rip blade without any issues or slow downs (use that riving knife!).

Also, check the aluminum fence faces when you get it. Mine were slightly concave, and I finally had enough, so I just replaced them with some melamine. Bonus: no hard feeling to the blade if I decide to use it as a sacrificial fence.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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northwestgrad

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#11 posted 06-06-2018 06:17 PM

Also, it pays to be a new customer and get a Lowe’s credit card. I can pay for it all, but I showed them a 10% discount from home depot and then they threw another 10% off on top of it all.

So all in all, walked out the door for 510 bucks with tax with a new Delta in tow. I think I got a really decent deal.

Funny quick fact – I worked at Lowe’s 16 years ago, and worked with a gal that used to be a head cashier, long story short, she remembered me as one of the people she worked with. So I am hoping thats why the ended up throwing on the other 10% or maybe I had a horrific experience at the store I originally was going to buy it at. Its amazing the difference between stores in terms of employees and management.

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Loren

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#12 posted 06-06-2018 06:25 PM

Those were considered pretty good saws until
today’s crop of hybrid designs came along.
Hybrids imitate the form factor of cabinet
saws instead of having the motor hanging
out the back. Dust collection is improved
and noise damping may be better with a
hybrid.

That said, in some cases they don’t make them
like they used to and Jet was always a quality
import brand.

Some folks even say the Biesemier fences sold
today are not up to the standards of the older
ones.

While newer equipment often has preferable
design features the relentless price competition
in the industry seems to cause QC problems,
particularly with sliding miter saws.

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knotscott

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#13 posted 06-06-2018 07:10 PM

That Jet is pretty high….can’t hurt to make a reasonable offer and put the ball in their court. Nice fence, good saw, but is essentially just another Taiwanese contractor saw with nice paint.

The Grizzly that smitdog linked has a very similar fence and much beefier guts under the hood. It doesn’t take up anymore room than the Jet…likely less, but it does require 220v. That saw should clean up nicely.

This Ridgid is on the high side, but is clean and could be worth an offer.

This Ridgid isn’t as clean, but will clean up and is priced right.

This Emerson Craftsman is nearly identical to the two Ridgids.

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toolie

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#14 posted 06-07-2018 12:24 PM

+1 on the second ridgid linked above. Herculift, CI extension wings, 120/240 convertible 1.5 hp motor, and adjustment screws on the trunion that function like PALS. And if you don’t mind giving up the use of the fence rail tape, the fence rails can be slid to the right for added rip capacity, perhaps up to 36”. Lastly, for what its worth, those older gray Ridgid’s have a lifetime guaranty against manufacturers defects regardless of ownership.

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