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The news with the Jet benchtop table saw is the fact that this saw is available only with a rolling stand assembly (shown in the inset photo). The stand is very nice to work with and positions the saw at an ideal workable height. While we agree these saws should be set up on a stand to gain the appropriate working height, "apple-to-apple" price comparisons to the Jet saw are difficult.
out of the box, this tool is easy to put together with clear assembly directions. The saw had a blade-to-miter-slot parallelism differential of only .003" when measuring from the left slot (the slot used for most applications), but when we measured the distance between the two miter slots, they were out .024". It comes with a Jet 40-tooth ATB blade.
There are a number of issues with the riving knife design (no registration points and a small lock knob are the most worrisome) and a few features with the blade guard that didn't thrill us. However, there were no issues when it came to cutting materials. This saw operates with a standard 13/l 6" maximum dado stack.
Decibel readings for this saw were 98 dB.
Hats off to Makita for the external lever used to unlock the riving knife for adjustments. No more reaching into the small throat opening. But the location of the lever - at the rear of the saw - is suspect. Move that lever to the front and it's a winner - and takes the sting out of the fact that to remove the th roat plate a screwd river is needed.
The design of the blade guard system is distinct from the other tested saws, but the setup works and it has a couple nice features, such as the side blade guards flip completely out of the way for thin cuts and the pawls can be removed from the cut without removing them from the support - the pawls hook onto the support and are held above the cut. This saw comes with a 32-tooth ATB blade.
The most vexing problem with this saw is the inability (at least there is no information in the manual) to correct the parallelism issue. The discrepancy was only .007", but that's enough to warrant a correction. Also, the fence on this saw is difficult to properly align.
The 15-amp, 4,800 rpm at no-load motor rang up a 98 dB reading. This saw accepts a 13/l6" dado stack without trouble.
jettools.com or 800 Street price: $630 Stand included
makita.com or 800-462-5482
Street price: $643 194093-8 Stand: $320
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