I recently bought a Jet 10Ē Table Saw with 30Ē Exacta fence. Most of why I
bought it was because of advice I received here at the Pond, so I wanted to
give my initial impressions of it.
The saw came from the store in four boxes ≠ One held the auxiliary wood table,
one held the fence rails, one held the fence itself, and one held the saw,
stand, and all the little parts.
All appeared to have been packed securely, and the only apparent damage was
some scratches on the frame, and a tiny rust spot on the saw motor. Some parts
were heavily covered with oil, yet some were totally dry. As I unpacked the
boxes, I didnít find the instructions for the exacta fence installation. (My
first duh moment ≠ it was in the yet-unopened fence box) I called their tech
support the next morning, was on hold for less than one minute (literally ≠
after a really bad experience with one of their competitors, I time hold
durationís for kicks. Itís a sickness, I know.). Although I didnít have any
documentation on me at all, they faxed me the instructions immediately, and
sent me out the paint for the motor and the frame.
It took me some time to put the saw together, but that was due to my
unfamiliarity with it. The instructions were clear, the pictures were
sufficient, and the parts diagram was simple enough for even me to figure out
what I was looking at. As an added bonus (do all companies do this? I honestly
donít know) there were six different bags of parts, each labeled and
accurately packed, which greatly helped me to figure out which bolt went with
which locking nut.
Although it wasnít necessary (I did it myself), I would recommend getting some
help in putting the saw together. Holding solid iron fences with your off hand
while threading bolts into the holes isnít the most fun in the world.
After I put the table together, I went to put on the fence rails. I couldnít
find the screws, so again I called Tech Support. It was after hours, and the
woman I was speaking to didnít know where the screws might be, so she set me
up with another package. They normally ship two day, but it was the Tuesday
before Thanksgiving, so I would have gotten the package the Monday following.
I asked, and she agreed to send it overnight so I could set it up over the
weekend. Twenty minutes later, I moved the (hollow!) front rail, and the bag
with the screws slid out onto the ground. I called them back, and cancelled
the order, of course, but their support was appreciated.
had read a lot about tuning the saw, before I got it, and had just about
decided that I needed one of those magnetic dial gauges, until someone here on
the Pond said to use feeler gauges. I donít remember your name, dude
(dudette?), but thank you so very much. Although the feeler gauges probably
took longer to use, it still only took about fifteen minutes, and the thing is
tuned perfectly. And, Iíve got some bucks in my pocket, and space on my shelf
thatís not being taken up by a clunky gauge. Anyone else thinking about
getting a gauge just for setting up a table saw, seriously consider a $5 set
of feeler gauges, instead.
Anyway, the saw was set up, and I didnít have a blade. So, (all you Forrest
guys sit down, please) I put the blade from my two year old Skil bench top saw
on the new Jet, and it did a decent job. Then, I put my finishing blade from
my hand held circular saw on it, and it made better cuts than I have ever
I didnít really see many fit/finish problems with the saw, although Iím not
the best person to notice these things. The auxiliary tables bolted on,
perfectly level (after some playing with it), and the saw top is now one
smooth expanse of iron. Nice.
The fence is rock solid. The saw fails the nickel test (stand a nickel on the
saw, turn it on, watch it not move), but I think that may be due to the stock
belt. It certainly doesnít vibrate enough to bother me, and if it starts to,
Iíll replace the belt and see what happens.
Overall, Iím very happy with my purchase. I avoided Delta because I had a lot
of problems with their tech support on a different product, Ridgid and Dewalt
because I didnít think their products was heavy duty enough for me, and
Grizzly, despite some very vocal proponents, due to my fear that itíd take a
lot of time to fix up, time that I just donít have. If the Jet had required
such work, I could have returned it to the store I bought it fromÖ The Grizzly
would have required more work to return if I hated it. I also feel that for
the amount of time I spend in WoodWorkers warehouse, touching, playing, and
LEARNING, that they should get my business if possible.
I want to thank the helpful, informed, opinionated, educated, and very
appreciated advice from Loren Hutchinson, Dale Goralczyk, Rod Wolfy, and
everyone else whose name I forgot here on the Pond for your help and
suggestions. If anyone wants any more details on the Jet saw, by all means