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Forum topic by CptMoonlight posted 01-27-2019 04:05 AM 1417 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2019 04:05 AM

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Hello, all! New to the forum. I’ve use a lot of circle, jig and mitre saw to complete my list of projects. I’ve decided to step up to a table saw. My wife wants a kitchen table and I’ve convinced her I need new toys to get the job done right!

I found and older Jet for sale on FB. They’re asking $200. It’s in storage and they can’t get to it easily, so they haven’t been able to send me anymore pics. Can anyone identify this saw or tell me what they think about it? Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 01-27-2019 04:27 AM

Don’t know a thing about it, but from the looks of it I’s say it’s more like a $100 dollar saw

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#2 posted 01-27-2019 12:08 PM

That looks to be a 90’s vintage jet contractor saw which is like the Delta. You would need to here it run, make sure the tilt and raise mechanisms work for the blade. Maybe change the belt, it will have set but if you let it run the set would come out. It has no splitter. It’s a right tilt saw which some people will argue isn’t good but they were the norm for the longest time. For 100 to 150 and some cleaning you could end up with a good saw.

What’s your budget? You can get a new Delta for 5-600 new at Lowe’s.

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#3 posted 01-27-2019 12:57 PM

It’s Jet’s basic right tilt contractor saw with the Jet fence and steel wings made by Mao Shan…..likely a 708301 or 708471 (JWTS-10JF). Tons of them out there in that exact configuration, and tons more similar….so parts shouldn’t be an issue. It should clean up nicely. Worth $200 if already cleaned up and included the blade guard and miter gauge (mention those missing parts), but would offer closer to $150 as is.

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#4 posted 01-27-2019 02:11 PM

I own a Jet saw of that vintage. I purchased it new in 1995 for about $550. Mine still works great. The one in your picture is missing the belt guard and the splitter/blade guard (which you’ll probably take off anyway). Mine would trip the motor circuit breaker when I used a 1/2” and up dado. I rewired for 220 (easy to do) and now I can run the entire stack with no problems.

I really like mine but I would probably offer much less than $200—say $125—since you can’t see it run.

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#5 posted 01-27-2019 02:16 PM

Don t know a thing about it, but from the looks of it I s say it s more like a $100 dollar saw

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#6 posted 01-27-2019 02:26 PM

+1 on it being too pricey. It will likely need new bearings at least, not to mention dealing with all the rust. I sold my similar 1980’s Delta contractor saw in much better condition (no rust and new bearings) for $150 a few years ago. I would keep looking but if you are up for some work, offer $100.

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#7 posted 01-27-2019 02:27 PM

I had the same saw this summer. I bought it in a group of tools and re-sold it. I cleaned it up and sold it for $350. I’d say it’s definiteky worth 200, but offer 150 and see what happens.

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#8 posted 01-27-2019 03:44 PM

I have nearly the same saw, mine has all cast iron table top sections, an upgrade. I have been using it as my primary saw successfully since the day I purchased it new over a decade ago. Never had any issues with function. The only modification I use is zero clearance inserts. My shop is in a remote outbuilding with only a 20 amp service so I can’t go with a more powerful professional saw. That said if you spend the time to clean it and tune it and use quality blades you will be able to do good work with it. I routinely work with 8/4 lumber ( thin kerf blades and proper feed rate) only once or twice a season will I throw a breaker.

My favorite way to rehabilitate a rusted top like that is to use a ROS set up with a 60 – 80 grit pad that I sit on top of an oversized scotch brite type pad ( green and maroon working down to grey) that will do all the work. I do the rehab with a thin coating of light oil, cleanup with mineral spirits ( well ventilated ) and finish with two coats of Collinite #476S Wax (high quality carnauba/polymer blend ). As stated by others you may need to replace the belt. During the tune-up make sure to get the rip fence alignment correct. All that said I think for $200.00 if it runs well, has the rip fence, and you spend an afternoon refurbishing the metal work and setting it up it is a good purchase. Good luck.

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#9 posted 01-27-2019 08:24 PM

I have around $400 to spend on a table saw. I went to our local woodcraft store and they were able to pull up the diagram and replacement parts are readily available. I showed them a video of the saw running and all agreed it sounded in good shape. I’m going to offer $100 and see what they’ll do! Thanks!

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