Just an update... while I can certainly give a bit of credit to JPW/JET for a bit of effort on dealing with the quality issues, I believe their manufacturer in Taiwan just isn't upholding their end of the deal. Also, there seems to be a bit of an attitude that they just don't care as much as I do about quality. The new wings and hardware (screws and such) were delivered yesterday and I was able to finish assembling the table saw; but not without getting creative.
First, the new wings... they aren't really in any better shape than the original set. They still have jagged corners as they are completely ground down with an angle grinder free-hand... which is virtually impossible to do correctly. Secondly, they are painted "JET white" on the bottom (the first set was painted black on the bottom). And I'm not sure how they managed to do it, but the JET "white" on these wings is a slightly different white than is on the table saw. Maybe they changed supplier or something but it is glaringly obvious when you're standing in front of the saw that there are two different colors of paint on it. Whatever... it's not a huge deal as they're mostly covered up with the rails anyway. And that brings up yet another point... if you're going to have wings that attach to rails and the rails extend beyond the wings, then why the heck are you rounding off the corners? So, lack of matching chamfer, unnecessarily (awful) rounding, poor painting, the list adds up quickly. See image 6998 below.
Next quality issue... the wooden extension. I followed the instructions to the letter and leveled the wing, aligned it to the extension wing, clamped it in place, yadda yadda. Then, I drilled pilot holes and then the final 1/4" holes that will accept the bolts. When I went to put the bolts in, they were extremely tight. Well, that's because there is no clearance. See the next two images (6988 and 6992). There is absolutely no way to put a washer or nut onto these bolts. So, I had to get a little creative and use a forstner bit to provide a bit of clearance for the washers and nuts.
So while I can give a slight bit of credit on the customer service side (even though they have never responded to any of the three emails I've sent them), I cannot excuse a major lack of quality control, attention to detail, and lack of commitment to quality in general. Therefore, my goal of owning a predominance of machines from JET will now be abandoned. I might go so far as to say I will sell this saw at some point and go with a SawStop. I'm more disappointed in the JET name and people than anything else.
On the positive side, the XACTA fine is really nice. I'm really glad that I had 1-2-3 blocks and feeler gauges to get everything level and parallel though. Without them, I don't think I would have been able to set it up correctly.
Great Success REQUIRES Great Effort