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Be careful when you roll it
on July 14, 2008
I've had this saw about 9 months and am satisfied with it. Lose the fence and get a real one. Whoever decided to put a fence with a rounded top on this or any saw should be ashamed. Just try to get a jig to sit square on it. It does however, set and hold like a rock, so for just the rip aspects it's adequate. Most people upgrade the fence and miter bar on just about any tablesaw that I've seen, regardless of the brand.
But I have a major complaint and warning to owners of this saw. Do not roll it on the casters, even though they are part of the leg design. when I am not using it, I roll the saw about two feet, no turns, over to the side of the shop so it will leave more room. Three days ago, I lifted the non-caster side up about one inch - enough to put the weight on the casters to roll. I've done it many times. Well, the LEG COLLAPSED below the lower brace! Just folded under. The 207 pound saw almost went over and crashed on it side. I was able to hold on to it and bring it up to balance. I had a time trying to manuever this thing against something that would prop it up, eventually making it to the assembly table. This is a dangerous situation. If the leg is not capable of holding the weight while it's rolling, why put a caster on it?
Jet has a great warranty, but you have to go through all the hoops in order to have them look at it. I can't say how long that would take. I just ordered a new left leg to replace the collapsed one rather than go through the process required to return it. The leg is $14, but the shipping is over $19. I wrote a letter to Jet, but they haven't replied yet. Since I own several Jet machines and have recommended Jet to everyone who's asked, I hope they will do something to smooth my feathers.
When I finish repairing it, I'm going to build a rolling platform for it before I roll it anywhere. Otherwise the saw is accurate, the table is level and substantial and easy to work with. Plenty of power. Just be careful if you roll it.
UPDATE: Jet had a customer rep and a technical services rep contact me first thing on Monday morning. They located my order and cancelled all costs and shipping, then expedited it out. The tech guy told me a couple of things to look for and assured me that if the new leg attaches easily and is lined up, then the entire base is alligned and there is no danger. I still am gun shy of rolling it, but a roller platform will eliminate that threat. KUDOs to the Jet people, my confidence has been restored.
UPDATE 2: The leg issue forced me to build a table saw center that I've had designed for about two years (e.g. the cobbler's children have no shoes!). Without a lot of detail, I took the saw off the factory stand and set it on the cabinet. Here's the update - The saw's motor pokes out about 3 inches below the bottom of the saw. The factory stand is open and the motor doesn't sit on anything. My design called for a solid top so the motor caused the saw to lean. Solution: I installed a 2x4 "skirt" for the saw to sit on, leaving about a 3 1/2" space below the saw to accommodate the motor while encasing the saw as well. Problem solved. If you are going to make a similar sawing center, watch for the hangy-down motor in your design and adjust your height calcualtions by plus 3 1/2". Also, don't use anything less that 3 inch casters.