20yr old Jet table saw

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Forum topic by ChuckWeav posted 10-21-2021 12:58 PM 426 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2021 12:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: used table saw jet cabinet saw 10 jtas-10xl-1 tablesaw

Hi all, new user here.

I’ve got my eye on a ~20yr old 10” Jet cabinet saw as a significant upgrade to my terrible (but decent for only mediocre projects) old Craftsman table saw I bought used 6yrs ago for ~$100. I’m particularly tired of the crappy fence and would love to get a serious table saw for the project I have started (a large desk) and future projects (dining table, Murphy bed, etc).

The current owner bought it new 20yrs ago, but really only used it for the first 5yrs. It’s rarely been used the last ten years, and not at all the past 3. Hobby use only, not commercial.

It’s a 3hp, 220v, single phase motor. Includes the xacta fence, manual, the 2 cast iron side tables/wings, and a wood extension that give a total rip capacity of 50”. He has a tenon jig and board buddies as well. He claims the model # to be JTAS-10XL-1, which still seems to be in production and sells for ~$3500 new.

He’s currently asking $1250, which seems a bit high given it’s age, but I haven’t seen anything comparable within 500mi on the various other sites (OfferUp, ebay, craigslist, misc sites).

I did see an older post on here (maybe 5-10yrs) ago about someone seeing the same model saw for $800, or $1000 with a handful of other tools.

I’m comfortable spending $1k on a good used saw, but not $2-$5k on a new saw, even though they are pretty (sawstop, delta, powermatic, etc). What are your thoughts on this saw at this price point?

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#1 posted 10-21-2021 01:05 PM

He s currently asking $1250, which seems a bit high given it s age,

I literately said out loud, WHOA when I saw that price. I realize that prices vary with location and while that could be fair for you area I think the the guy is dreaming.

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#2 posted 10-21-2021 01:36 PM

I recently sold the exact same saw with a rebuit arbor for $800. It literally sold within 3 hrs after I put it on FB marketplace. I threw in some throat plates and an old Freud dado set.

That tells me I could have asked for more, but I thought $800 was a reasonable price in lieu of the supply issues and prices of new machines.

They are excellent machines. The age wouldn’t bother me one bit. If that’s all its really been used, its in “like new” condition. If its not too rusty I would offer him $1000 but I doubt he’ll take it. Bottom line, if you don’t buy it, someone else will, then the $250 won’t seem like that much.

Be aware it does not have a riving knife, if that’s important to you.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 10-21-2021 01:50 PM

$1250 seems high to me, but not ridiculous.

You can get a comparable (but more modern) Grizzly G1023 for a bit north of $2k. That saw includes a riving knife, warranty, et cetera. Pre-pandemic and pre-tariffs, you used to be able to get the same saw from Grizzly for less than $1500 IIRC.

$1000 is fair, but Robert might be right that the seller would refuse.

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#4 posted 10-21-2021 02:08 PM

I’m in the midwest and just started looking into used saws of this level. It seems in the past, $500-$1000 is a fair price range. Very minor surface rust/pitting on the tables as far as I can see in the pics provided. It is currently disassembled (fence, wings, etc not attached) so I doubt I’ll be able to even see it run.

After sleeping on it, I’m beginning to seriously rethink this used Jet and maybe make the major investment into a Sawstop. I don’t have a blade guard or riving knife on my Craftsman and I don’t use push sticks and it’s never really bothered me. I’m usually conscious and aware of my hands and my cuts, but a couple of times I recently caught myself thinking at the end of a fairly standard rip “Be careful of that blade!” – likely because I’m taking on bigger projects.

Tho I’m no Wood Whisperer, I’d halfway like to turn this hobby into a side hustle and the Sawstop would be a big step in that direction. And I’d eventually (within the next 5-10yrs) like to get my kids involved in woodworking, so their safety is a big selling point. Plus, given the lack of used Sawstops on the market, I’d bet they hold their value very well if I change my mind several years down the road.

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#5 posted 10-21-2021 02:30 PM

Based on what I’ve seen in various places, Sawstop saws look they do indeed hold value on the used market.

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#6 posted 10-21-2021 06:13 PM

If you can afford it buying a new machine is always a good choice and Saw Stop has a good reputation. Personally I would look closely at a PowerMatic, but that is probably must my partiality to their products.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-21-2021 07:50 PM

Decent saws rarely come on the market in my area. $1250 is a little bit higher than I’d like to see if I was in the market. However, in some areas, supply chain issues have made new saws scarce and available used machines in good condition will rise in price as a result.

As the old proverb goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Inflation is going to do that to the used tool market; it has already happened to the used car segment.

I don’t necessarily agree that there’s going to be some significant influx of used table saws as the pandemic eases, whenever that is.

Regarding SawStop: I love mine. I have the 3HP PCS with 36” fence. I have a line on a lightly used ICS 5HP and 52” fence next spring, and I may upgrade then. If that comes about, then I’ll be testing the used market as a seller for my PCS. 10 years from now, you won’t be regretting spending on a SawStop.

Good luck.

-- Ray

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#8 posted 10-21-2021 10:13 PM

I think $1250 is a bit high. I replaced my 20 year old jet with a SS 175PCS. I’m not the least bit sorry.

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#9 posted 10-21-2021 10:28 PM

I’d go look at it, see if you like it, then tell him you’ve got $1000 to spend, and make an offer. Let him keep the jig if it helps!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 10-22-2021 09:47 AM

I’ve been using that same model for 20 yrs. Hard use. Hasn’t failed me yet. I do have a splitter on it no riving knife. Saw stop is next when the old jet gives up. They are good saws in my opinion. 1200 is a bit high. If you can afford a sawstop get that you wont regret it.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#11 posted 10-22-2021 12:40 PM

The fact that it doesn’t have a riving knife would be a deal breaker for me. Sawstop? Only if someone gave me one. Even putting aside their business practices, they are not worth the price. In our shop, the riving knife and blade guard never leave the saw, so “flesh detection technology” is unnecessary. (To be honest, the shaper makes me more nervous than the table saw.)

Bite the bullet, buy an Oliver, Harvey, or Grizzly. If you think that you may sell the saw in a few years, go for the Powermatic, as they hold their value.

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