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Forum topic by Redrex posted 03-23-2016 01:36 AM 1387 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2016 01:36 AM

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I just picked up an older Jet Supersaw (JWSS-10PFX) off of Craigslist. I’d been haunting my local CL for about a year looking for a good deal on decent table saw. The market around here had been pretty tight and people had been snapping up anything decent within hours of being posted. So I have to admit that when this came up I jumped on it without spending as much time researching it as I normally would have.

That said, is there anyone with some actual experience on this saw that has any tips for me on things to look out for or parts that I should replace before putting it into service.

Stuff that I know I will need to tackle:
- The table top needs to get reconditioned
- The sliding table needs to get adjusted
- The latch on the door is broken

Anyway, any help pointing me in the right direction to get the most out of this saw would be appreciated.

Thanks.


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#1 posted 03-23-2016 11:40 AM

good morning
I bought my supersaw 8 years ago off craigslist.
It was my first table saw and knew nothing about it
For me it is a good saw and I am pleased with it
It does have 3 drawbacks ,
1- there is no miter slot left of the blade
2- the timing belt to adjust the blade height is a poor design and I have replaced 3 times If you need a belt, don’t buy it from Jet, I found another supplier that is much cheaper
3- the dust collection isn’t very good

Overall it’s a good machine,enjoy

-- David

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 12:08 PM

That “timing belt” that Laughran mentioned, is one of the more documented issues. Otherwise, not every one loved the Microglide fence for a saw in it’s original price range, but it appears to be functional. Get it aligned, and put a good blade on it.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 03-23-2016 03:32 PM


good morning
I bought my supersaw 8 years ago off craigslist.
It was my first table saw and knew nothing about it
For me it is a good saw and I am pleased with it
It does have 3 drawbacks ,
1- there is no miter slot left of the blade
2- the timing belt to adjust the blade height is a poor design and I have replaced 3 times If you need a belt, don t buy it from Jet, I found another supplier that is much cheaper
3- the dust collection isn t very good

Thanks for the info. Where did you get the timing belt? I’m planning to go through the hole saw, top to bottom, this weekend and while I have it apart I might as well replace the belts.

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#4 posted 03-23-2016 05:35 PM

I wouldn’t replace the belt until the one you have wears out, it will start to slip and / or shread, then replace it.
There are few other threads about that saw on this site that tell about your saw.
I got my belts from polybelt.com
Item # B369-3M-10BNG Rubber timing belt 123 tooth
They have a $10 min order, so I ordered 4 and with shipping was just over$18
1 belt from other sites will cost you more than that and this way you will have spares

-- David

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#5 posted 03-23-2016 08:56 PM



I wouldn t replace the belt until the one you have wears out, it will start to slip and / or shread, then replace it.
There are few other threads about that saw on this site that tell about your saw.
I got my belts from polybelt.com
Item # B369-3M-10BNG Rubber timing belt 123 tooth
They have a $10 min order, so I ordered 4 and with shipping was just over$18
1 belt from other sites will cost you more than that and this way you will have spares

Great, thanks for the help. This is my first decent TS and I have to admit to a bit of an urge to overdue it when it comes to tuning things up.

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#6 posted 05-29-2018 04:38 PM

I’m probably a little late in this blog post but I just blew out “yet another timing belt on this poorly designed beast. I have had a Jet Super Saw for about 10 years. The good news is that the saw has a lot of nice features. I was able to hang my router table set up off the opposing end from the blade and it works great using the same fence. (This is without the sliding table attachment which is a glorified cross cut sled that added $400 to the price of the saw.)

Speaking of the fence, I actually really like it but I have seen complaints about alignment on the web. Mine has a micro-adjustment dial that really helps and I also really like the magnifying glass over the gauge. My question is; Does anybody know where I can get a conversion kit that eliminates the belt for the blade lowering mechanism and replaces it with sprockets and a chain. I have been told there was a kit available but I cant find it anywhere. also, I am finding that the belts have been discontinued by Jet so I need help finding replacement belts.

I hate to wave to break out the fabrication tools but this tool is the center of my shop and it is dead in the water right now.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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DBDesigns

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#7 posted 05-29-2018 07:21 PM

One more question. Can I rewire my Supersaw to 240 or 220 volt and get better power?

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#8 posted 05-29-2018 07:47 PM

Yes, you should be able to wire it for 240v. No, it won’t get you any extra power.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 05-29-2018 07:50 PM

I have not seen a conversion for this saw. I bought my belts at the link that Laughran provided above. I actually bought several of them to have them on hand in case they stopped carrying them. I’m not sure if you could use a link belt but that me an option as well.

I’ll be honest, I sold my saw. I just could not handle that damn sliding side table. Having to bolt everything down every time I just wanted to use a cross cut sled is just to much. I really grew to hate that design. I ended up going with something a lot more light duty. The truth is I’m not a “woodworker” so much as a general hobbyist who sometimes uses a table saw.

I did a review of the saw that you can see on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzb1hNuCAEw

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#10 posted 05-29-2018 08:52 PM

Thanks for the info. I watched your video. Good info and entertaining. I bought my saw new without the sliding table. I hung a router table where the attachment would have been so now I have the full sized table with a laminate wing and aluminum track miter slot on the opposite side of the fence. I would rather use a shop built crosscut sled than a built in sliding contraption designed by the same clowns that came up with this blade raising system. Sorry to sound bitter but I spent a lot on this saw and expected a lot more out of Jet. BTW on the new saw back in 2003, the sliding table option was $400. Ouch!

I just ordered three belts from the website mentioned above for half the price Jet used to charge for one. I hope they fit. At some point I think there are bicycle sprockets and a chain in my future.
I just joined this blog group today and I am already getting a ton of good information so maybe there was some good karma from a broken belt.

Have fun making sawdust and wood chips.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#11 posted 05-29-2018 08:54 PM

Also, thank you “Brad of the pirate fish bone” I’m probably going to wire 240 just for the power savings.
Tight Lines!

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#12 posted 05-29-2018 10:35 PM



One more question. Can I rewire my Supersaw to 240 or 220 volt and get better power?

- DBDesigns

You won’t get extra power from 240v, but if your 120v line was insufficient, you could see an improvement.

Someone did put together a parts list to change that elevation belt to chain and sprockets….sorry I can’t find it at the moment, but it did exist so could be worth a Google search.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 06-11-2018 01:02 PM

I just spent 3 hours locked in mortal combat with the blade lowering mechanism for my “Super Saw”. The rocket scientists at Jet that designed this over-complex, under-powered, overpriced conflagration should be ashamed of themselves. When I bought the saw for $900 about 7 years ago, I figured that since I had been very satisfied with my Jet JJ6 jointer it should also be a quality product…Not so much.

The good news is that it is fixed and all of the guts have been lubricated caressed and loved. Like many of you, my table saw is the center of the shop and everything shuts down without it.

Also, on the upside I have a few new “knuckle busters” and chicks dig scars.

Speaking of machine maintenance, I have been kinda slack about maintaining some of my other machines. I have a 1937 model Delta lathe that works fine but probably needs some love. Anybody got one of these who can offer some maintenance pointers?

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#14 posted 06-11-2018 01:05 PM

BTW Redrex, I got the belts from the link you provided. Thank you very much. I got three belts for 1/3 the price that Jet was charging for 1. Jet is not winning awards for customer service right now!

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#15 posted 06-18-2018 01:03 PM

Well…the saga continues. After I got my NSSS (Not So Super Saw) repaired last week and buttoned back up, I got about 6 cuts done and was lowering the blade when the top pulley/belt sprocket decided to part company with the worm gear shaft.

I went into my tool box and pulled out several of my best compound cuss words reserved for just such occasions and proceeded to shoot them in the direction of the saw…again. Now here’s the thing, those words are usually quite effective at making me feel better and rendering the inanimate object they are directed at silent after the strong admonishment. This time neither happened. I was still pretty unhappy and the saw just sat there and gloated.

Needless to say, the later half of my father’s fay which was supposed to be spent making sawdust, ended up being another mechanic’s session with the offending machine. So here is the most recent adjustment to the problem. I have installed a cotter pin on the end of the shaft in front of the pulley. This required filing a flat spot on the shaft and squeezing my new DeWalt battery drill into the space with a 1/16th inch bit. Fortunately the shaft is made of cheap-ass Chinese steel so it filed and drilled pretty easily.

The saw is up and running again for now. I swear, this model from our friends at Jet is the Yugo of table saws. I can’t afford another table saw so I guess I’ll have to keep the duct tape and bailing wire handy.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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