Tool review: Jet Hybrid Tablesaw-JPS10-115
Hybrid saw packed with features
The Jet JPS10-115 hybrid tablesaw I tested is a gem. Like a contractor’s saw, it’s small, light, and runs on 110-volt outlets. And like a full-size cabinet saw, it comes well-tuned and with some nice features.
I tested the model with the 30-in. fence, which fits well in a small shop (for a 52-in. fence, add $150). The 13⁄4-hp motor produces good ripping power, and the motor reset button is on the power switch rather than on the motor housing, making it convenient to reset the motor if an overload occurs. Assembling the saw was no problem, and the arbor assembly was parallel to the miter slots right out of the box. Castiron wings create a 44-in.-wide work surface and were easy to align flush with the table during assembly. Elevation and tilt mechanisms work smoothly, requiring little effort to tilt the blade to 45°. Storage for the fences, arbor wrench, and other accessories is provided on the saw cabinet.
Blade changes are painless, thanks to a user-friendly throat plate and arbor lock. A low-profile riving knife comes with the saw. It is easy to remove and, thanks to alignment pins, easy to re-install. What’s more, the riving-knife holder can be adjusted so you can set an accurate distance between the knife and blade. Speaking of safety, individual left- and right-side blade guards can be lifted independently and have detents that will hold them in their uppermost position—nice for working close to the fence.
Both the rip fence and the miter gauge are sturdy and accurate. The miter-gauge bar has expansion screws allowing a tight fit with the miter slot. The blade is enclosed in a housing that connects directly to a dust collector through a 4-in. port. The dust collection confines all the fine particles to the dust bin, but the heavier stuff falls to the floor beneath the saw.
I was impressed with the performance and quality of the Jet. It’s a great entry-level tablesaw that offers a lot of performance for a small price without taking up a lot of room or requiring a 230-volt circuit, perfect for the smaller shop. It does come in 230-volt models, too.
—Roland Johnson, contributing editor
Photos by Roland Johnson
From Fine Woodworking #276