These are all nice contractor saws, but all are on the high side IMHO.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't buy one...I'm just saying they aren't gloatable bargains. I feel a little like a stick in the mud, but in the overall scheme of things these are all just nice contractor saws with basic fences, steel wings, outboard motors, no riving knives, and no warranties. If you could get any one of them down closer to $250 (maybe $300 for the Jet because of it's condition), they'd be a decent deal IMO. While the Jet looks to be in great shape, there's nothing that really sets it apart from the Ridgid and the Craftsman (which are pretty much the same saw BTW), so $425 seems very steep to me. That Jet (model 708108 IIRC...I think the 708100 that's stated in the ad is their "Workshop" series hybrid/contractor) sold for ~$500-$550 new with warranty and dealer support, and were clearanced by Lowes for as low as $275....it was their entry level Taiwanese contractor saw. Strip away the cost of warranty and dealer support, and it seems like the guy is trying to sell the saw for no depreciation. Features like solid cast iron wings and the Jet Xacta II fence would add some value, but the stock Jet Fence and steel wings don't equate to $425 used in my book....I seriously doubt he'll get that much for that particular model, but ya never know.
At $425 I'd be inclined to look at a newer Ridgid R4512 or Craftsman 21833...both made by Dayton. Both are hybrid types with the motor tucked inside the cabinet (an advantage), both have riving knives (an advantage), both have built in wheels (an advantage), both have basic fences and steel wings (same as the used saws mentioned), but both also have warranties and return privileges if there's a problem. They tend to sell in the $500-$550 range, but sales prices and coupons can get them in the $450 to $500 range.
Anyone else care to weigh in here?
Last edited by knotscott; 10-07-2011 at 09:48 PM.