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Forum topic by Jwynn posted 07-31-2021 08:21 PM 296 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jwynn

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07-31-2021 08:21 PM

I’m looking for a beginner level saw for light hobby use. I know this saw is old. Is it worth $350?


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#1 posted 07-31-2021 08:50 PM

Used prices are crazy now, everyone wants to be a woodworker, and with Covid again rearing it’s head likely to stay that way.

For the where you are located, versus how much other tooling is available in the near vicinity seems to be driving prices.

Against “normal” no I would pass. Beside the Sears saw will have the “off sized” miter slots, but essentially that saw is no better then a .113 Craftsman as far as what it can do. In normal times you can get .113’s for 100 to 150 bux all day. Now if it had cast tops, and maybe some extra sumptin sumptin accessory wise, I’d say 350 was a good price.

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#2 posted 07-31-2021 09:05 PM

If it has a riving knife, I would say yes. If just a splitter /guard, then no. I won’t use a saw without a riving knife.

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#3 posted 07-31-2021 09:16 PM

Both Blue, and Grey Jet equipment are going to pre-date Rk’s Only White JET equipment will have an Riving Knife.

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#4 posted 08-01-2021 06:23 AM

Another post here, recently dug up from the past says Blue and Grey JET equipment isn’t supported by JET, and parts availability is iffy. Proceed with that in mind.

https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/95898

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#5 posted 08-01-2021 12:17 PM

I’ve been using that same saw for over 20 yrs, it’s a good beginners saw but the fence will get sloppy and adjustments are needed, change the belt to a link belt.

Good luck

Bill

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#6 posted 08-01-2021 12:43 PM

If we knew where your located maybe we could tell you of someone who has a saw for sale.

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#7 posted 08-01-2021 03:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I decided to pass on this saw. I’m in the Tampa area, and in the market for a decent saw if anyone has one.

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#8 posted 08-01-2021 08:24 PM



If it has a riving knife, I would say yes. If just a splitter /guard, then no. I won t use a saw without a riving knife.

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I can’t understand the great need for a riving knife. I have been using a saw for well over 50 years and never had a riving knife; I never thought I needed one. I understand what they are used for, but I never had a kick back on a saw I was using. I’ve had the wood kerf close up , pinching the blade, but as long as I maintained control of the work piece, neve had the work fly back at me. Most commercial wood shops I’ve seen don’t use riving knives.

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#9 posted 08-01-2021 08:34 PM



I ve been using that same saw for over 20 yrs, it s a good beginners saw but the fence will get sloppy and adjustments are needed, change the belt to a link belt.

Good luck

Bill

- williemakeit

I would disagree on a link belt. Change to a GOOD belt. Chinese belts are crap. I have had good luck with D&D as the OEMs tend to use odd size belts. Get a segmented belt if you can. Link belts ( be carful on red or blue as the V angle differs) are decent, but very expensive and no smoother than a good belt. Gates and Conti are also good.

Many contractor saws have multi-rib belts which are much better anyway. Still, no riving knife!


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