are the older Jet tablesaws any good? i've noticed on another NG a Jet
#250205 table saw for sale, its 13 years old and only $300 cdn. i'm a
beginning woodworker on a limited budget and i don't want to spend too
much. please email me with any responses/opinons as i don't get to
check this NG as much as i'd like to.
It depends. In the late 80's I bought a 14" Jet band saw
that was an a b s o l u t e p i e c e o f c r a p.
It was so bad that the owner of the company finally parted
it out and used the heavier castings for a boat anchor and
the lake he kept his boat on rejected the parts.
So when did they get better? Pre-Roto Creme White they
(Jet) put out a line of blue painted machines. All
indications are that these were better than earlier models.
There was also a logo style change. I want to say that when
Jet went to the riveted on logo they got better, i.e., the
older adhesive backed logos are a warning sign of impending
crapola. I can identify it from photographs but can't
describe it but to make a long story short, any time I see
this adhesive back stuck on logo style I break out in hives.
There are also other tell tale signs of crappy Chiwanese
manufacturing that are pretty subtle. Mainly, and believe
it or not, it's the cheesy labels they used that identify
the crappiest of the crappy.
================================I honestly purchased a BLUE JET CABINET SAW in the late 80's after
reading a review of several saws in a magazine... The review was
good and the proice was right... lol...
Anywho.... today that same saw is in my shop and I am still 100
percent happy with it... I have had absolutely no problems with it at
Still does not answer the original posters question... The only way
that I know of is to actually made a lot of test cuts with the saw and
see how it functions...
Right you are Keith. It's like they were hoping the label would fall off,
and you wouldn't know who to blame : )
Just to add a little more complexity to the answer, the original poster is
in Canada, and the JET tools sold here aren't always the same tools you get
in the States.
"Unisaw A100" wrote ...
I bought one of the first blue Jet left tilt cab saws (JTAS-10XL). I
think it was in 1997 or so. For quite awhile, there were no changes at
all between it and the later cream colored versions of the saw, except
that mine had nicer chrome handwheels than the newer ones. Lately,
they've made some changes to the fence (and of course they're selling
those combined router/saw packages now). I think they finally went
back to those nice chrome handwheels. It's been a great saw - very
smooth running, with nearly zero effort height adjustments (I can
still give the handle a spin and have it make many revs by itself).
I've looked at the saw many times over the years with indicators, and
it just stays dead on. I did finally adjust the top a few years ago
to correct a deviation from parallel of the miter slots versus the
blade of about .003 or so over the length of the miter slot. This
didn't really make much of a difference but I was installing a new
longer fence rail so I thought it would be a good time to deal with
it. The original extension table was garbage, but everything else
about the saw has been great.
The story I remember hearing was that Jet changed the color for an
annivesary model and it was so popular that they decided not to go back
to blue. It may be BS but supposedly there's no difference between the
blue and white saws. BTW, anyone know where I can find some cast blue
wings for a contractors saw real cheap?
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