Is the a real justification on the $150 price difference in cast wings
over stamped wings on the JET 10" contractors saw?
Been waiting 2 weeks and the cast iron setup has yet to ship, wheras
the stamped steel can ship tomorrow
Thanks for anyones input
IMHO it is worth the $150 to not have to mount the stamped steel extensions.
Again, IIRC these have corner braces that you have to bolt up and use to
insure that the stamped extensions are flat. Basically you have to flatten
the stamped steel extensions with the brackets and keep it all flat while
tightening the bolts with this all hanging loosely from the table top.
The cast irons ones on the other hand simply bolt up with an occasional
piece of masking tape for shim stock.
Cast iron will dampen vibrations more than the stamped steel extensions but
will make the saw be heavier if you have to move the saw.
Yeah, you will notice the difference, but probably only after you've had the
tool for a time, gotten some experience, and had a chance to use both kinds of
extension. The extra mass of the cast iron helps dampen vibration enough so
that a properly tuned saw is even better for them---if sheetmetal were better,
you'd find sheetmetal on all table saws, because it is considerably cheaper to
Properly ground cast iron extensions are also a lot easier to set up and level
with the main table than are sheetmetal tables. (Poorly milled cast iron
extensions are close to impossible to get right, though.)
"In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence
is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of
office." Ambrose Bierce
I had stamped wings on my Jet CS, it was one of my reasons for selling
it after 7 years of use. The stamped wings add much needed weight to
a contractors saw that won't travel, provide more flat space for
assembly, and are usually easier to align with the main table.
If I was moving the thing on a regular basis, I'd probably stay with
I've got stamped, work semi-regularly at school with cast. Not a bit of
difference in either, once adjusted, as the proliferation of router table
and MDF tables indicates. It's just support. Cast does make a better
Those who talk of "dampening vibration" have other issues, in my opinion. I
like the link belt to smooth the effects of the hanging motor and belt set,
but otherwise, a lump of iron placed on the stand should give you all if not
more of the benefits of "dampening" that cast iron wings do.
Hmmmm .... 50 for / 50 against
Went to the local (45 miles) Woodcraft and what do you know, they had
a cast iron setup, uhhhh... set up in the showroom, (only one in the
store), walked out with it @ $ 699 and will uhhh... get it set up
Thanks to all for giving their opinions and reasonings.
Almost walked out with a "super saw" boxed @ $949 but now I can buy
something else w/ the money!
How come the money you weren't planning on spending all of a sudden
becomes "extra" to spend on somethng else?
(do I hear mortiser?) anyone? anyone? Bueller?
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