Jet. The name has long been synonymous with quality machinery in the woodworking world. While many will suggest that the modern jet table saws don’t quite stack up to the company’s saws of the past, there is no arguing that Jet remains at the top of its class among current manufacturers. Our Jet JPS 10TS review will take an in-depth look at perhaps Jet’s most appealing saw in terms of value for investment. We’ll detail exactly why this contractor-style saw should be a top consideration for the home shop or garage.
The Jet JPS 10TS Series Overview
The Jet JPS 10TS is actually a series of saws based around a common design and feature set. The saw, in terms of price and capabilities, is only surpassed in Jet’s lineup by the Deluxe XACTA Saw. Differentiating the various ProShop models are the material used for the included extension wings and the maximum rip capacity right of the blade. As might be expected, the price point also varies among these models.
The JPS 10TS ProShop Table Saw, which Jet classes as a contractor saw but could be considered closer to a hybrid saw, is available in configuration featuring either 30-inch or 52-inch rip capacities. Further, each capacity is available with either pressed steel extension wings or cast iron extension wings. The lowest priced model is the JPS-10TS-30 708492K, which includes steel extension wings and a 30-inch rip capacity. The identical configuration with cast iron wings is the JPS-10TS CW-30 708494K. The two 52-inch models are the JPS-10TS-52 708493K (steel wings) and the JPS-10TS CW-52 708495K.
For the purposes of our Jet JPS 10TS review, we will consider what we would call the base model: the 30-inch, steel wing version. However, all saws in the line feature identical specs and operation outside of the aspects mentioned above.
- 10-inch max blade diameter
- 5/8-inch arbor size
- 4000 RPM arbor speed
- 13/16-inch max dado width
- Left-tilt blade; 45 degree max tilt
- 3 1/8-inch max depth of cut @ 90 degrees
- 2 1/8-inch max depth of cut @ 45 degrees
- 30-inch max rip right of blade; 12 inches left of blade
- 1 3/4HP, single-phase capacitor-start induction motor with reset button
- 115/230V, single-phase @ 60Hz required power (motor prewired for 115V)
- 20A minimum circuit size (recommended)
- 3450 RPM
- V-belt drive
- Push-button switch
- 60 x 40 x 41 inches
- 29 x 26 1/2-inch footprint
- 252 pounds with 30-inch capacity and steel extension wings; 342 pounds with 52-inch capacity and cast iron wings
- 34 3/4-inch table height
- 44-inch table width including extension wings
- 27-inch table depth
- Jet ProShop T-style fence
- Square steel tube guide rail system
- 3/4 x 3/8-inch T-slot mitre slot with stops
- 10-inch, 40T ATB blade included
- Blade guard and riving knife included
- 4-inch dust collection port
- 350CFM minimum extraction volume required
We mentioned earlier that the JPs 10TS is classed as a contractor saw by Jet. The build of the saw certainly falls in line with other contractor saws like the Delta 36 5100. The Jet JPS 10TS features an open base with the body of the saw supported by four sturdy steel legs. Contractor saws are technically designed with some semblance of portability in mind, but, without an optional mobile base with casters, the saw is a struggle to move. Its maxed-out configuration weighs in at 342 pounds. Even at its lightest the saw still represents 252 pounds of steel and iron.
The steel body is powder coated for added durability. Cast iron trunnions offer a great point of support the motor/arbor assembly. All in all, we expect the Jet JPS10TS to hold up to the wear and tear of the average shop with ease.
Table Top and Extension Wings
The Jet ProShop table saw sports a well-machined cast iron table top and the option to extend rip capacity with either steel or cast iron extension wings. The pressed steel wings included with the lower-priced builds are not ideal. As with most steel wings we have come into contact with in the past, getting things aligned properly can be difficult due to the flexibility of the steel.
The steel wings also do not feature a flat surface, instead featuring a ribbed pattern. This we assume was a decision made to add some rigidity, but the uneven surface brings with it a chance to snag boards when fed through the blade should alignment not be just right. We encourage anyone considering the saw to instead spend a little extra and opt for the smooth, solid cast iron wings.
When going with the 52-inch capacity model, an additional extension table is included. This table is wooden and similar to what could easily be constructed from scratch in the shop. For this the buyer is really paying for the longer fence rail.
Assembly and Adjustment
Expect the assembly process to take a few hours, especially if working alone. Due to the weight of the saw, it is preferred to have a friend on hand to help with the heavy lifting. Things go together without much fuss and the saw is generally adjusted within acceptable tolerances out of the box. Based on a good number of reports from other JPS 10TS owners, this accuracy is pretty consistent.
Should you find the need to adjust either the saw blade’s alignment to the miter slot or the fence, it can be slightly frustrating, especially if following the instructions provided by Jet. To adjust the blade alignment, the user is instructed to make a measurement, flip this behemoth saw over, and adjust the trunnions from underneath. Part of this is Jet’s decision to have the trunnion bolts held in place by a hard-to-reach nut instead of using a machined hole.
In reality, the user should be able to make this adjustment by loosening the screws holding the table top to the body (separate from the trunnion bolts) and tapping it into place–no need to flip the saw.
If the build of the Jet JPS 10TS makes it a contractor saw, it’s the saw’s cutting ability that has us considering it closer to a hybrid saw. The compromise here is the need to utilize a lower horsepower engine in exchange for the ability to run on more common 115V power.
A 1 3/4 horsepower engine still makes fairly easy work of softer woods like pine and poplar, but it does show signs of struggling when moving up to maple and harder stock. The key here is feed speed. Pushing the saw too hard by feeding wood too fast causes a tripped circuit more often than we’d like.
Getting a feel for the saw will lessen this issue, but it can be quite frustrating to have the power cut in the middle of a piece of stock, especially when that stock binds around the blade. We don’t meant to make the saw sound underpowered. With a slow and steady feed rate, the Jet SPD 10TS can manage almost anything you throw at it.
The saw can be rewired to operate on a 220/240V circuit, if one is available, and this should help even out performance. It won’t, however, magically create extra power for the saw.
Included Blade and Replacement Options
A 40-tooth ATB blade is included with the saw. This general purpose blade will get the job done, but we recommend replacing it as soon as possible. A far superior blade can be purchased for less than $100. Thin kerf options pose an advantage on a lower-powered motor like that of the JPS 10TS. We usually go with one of Freud’s industrial blades; a 50T combination blade performs well if you prefer not to swap blades for each type of cutting operation.
The top-mounted arbor lock button makes removing blades a speedy endeavor. It also helps to keep one hand clear of the blade when swapping cutters.
Rip Fence Accuracy and Adjustments
Jet’s ProShop fence system comes standard with the JPS 10TS saw. It’s a Biesemeyer clone that comes fairly well-aligned out of the box. If tweaks are needed, nylon set screws on the foot of the fence body can adjust for square to the table and parallelism to the blade.
The fence can operate both left and right of the blade. There are 13 inches of clearance to the left and either 30 or 52 inches of rip capacity to the right of blade, depending on model. Sturdy steel rails help keep the fence accurate across its full travel.
One mild complaint is the tendency for the fence to slip out of position unless firmly locked down. We have grown accustomed to fences that lock with a light touch, so this is another area where learning the tool and its operation should ease frustrations.
The included miter gauge serves its purpose and has a fair range of adjustment to capture needed angles. The gauge features indentations at important stops like 45 degrees and 90 degrees. These are useful until they get in the way of fine tuning an angle that falls around the range of the stops. The miter gauge has a tendency to slip into the stop. You likely won’t need a 44 or 91 degree angle often, so another minor complaint overall.
The gauge runs a rail that fits snugly in the miter slot. This is in large part thanks to an adjustment screw within the bar that can expand its width to hug the 3/4 by 3/8-inch T-track miter slot. The T-track slots offer the ability to utilize both standard miter accessories as well as accessories designed with T-bolts.
Safety Features and Dust Collection
The Jet ProShop Table Saw series includes increasingly standard safety features including a removable riving knife and blade guard. Both can take advantage of detachable anti-kickback pawls. The blade guard attaches to the riving knife. The riving knife can be used with or without the guard. Without the guard the riving knife can be set for non-through cutting operations.
The blade guard is design in such a way that it can accommodate a variety of stock thicknesses and cutting operations. The plastic guard is suspended over the table as opposed to pivoting on the riving knife.
One disappointment is the lack of a magnetic power switch. While the push-button switch features a large paddle for shutting down machine operation, the lack of a magnetic switch poses some safety concern. With a magnetic switch, should power be cut to the machine while it is in the “on” position, it cannot power back on until the switch is toggled off. With a standard push-button switch, if the machine isn’t switched to off it will resume operation as soon as power is restored.
One of the biggest struggles the Jet JPS 10TS experiences is with its dust collection. While a 4-inch port will easily connect to professional-grade dust collection systems, the ports placement can be problematic. The dust port is positioned on the side of the machine. There is a tendency for sawdust to accumulate below the saw despite adequate suction. Some users have resorted to fashioning a dust port on the bottom of the machine to alleviate the issue.
Jet JPS 10TS Review: The Verdict
The Jet ProShop JPS 10TS is an excellent choice for the serious hobbyist or home woodworker. While it does not sport the power necessary for industrial or production situations, weekend warriors and small-scale craftsman will benefit from many of the pro-grade features of this contractor saw. The next step up would be a full-blown cabinet saw like the Shop Fox W1819 or Powermatic PM2000. Its price is on the higher end of the contractor/hybrid saw scale, but the JPS 10TS is worth every penny (especially if you go with the cast iron wings).
The Jet ProShop JPS 10TS is an excellent choice for the serious hobbyist or home woodworker. While it does not sport the power necessary for industrial or production situations, weekend warriors and small-scale craftsman will benefit from many of the pro-grade features of this contractor saw.
- Well-constructed with options for cast iron extension wings
- Miter gauge with accurate stops, fits snugly in miter slot
- Great power for a 115V saw
- Dust collection is inefficient
- Lack of magnetic switch a potential safety hazard