The JET 708315LSB JBTS-10LS-2 table saw (by the way is that one heck of a product name/number combo or what?) is designed as a bench top table saw, meaning it’s meant to be portable. This is also priced as an entry level saw, and anybody buying this saw should be aware of this. It can stack up fairly well to the Bosch 4100 or the DeWalt DW744X we have looked at, for example, but this saw is cheaper than those two options.
Overall, this is a pretty good saw for the money. In fact if you start comparing this saw to other saws in it’s price range, it’s going to look pretty good. The common complaints with this saw are mostly related to the fence or the miter, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Those common complaints shouldn’t necessarily deter you from taking a serious look at this portable table saw.
Read on to learn more about this table saw.
Power & Motor
This table saw does offer good power. And to go along with that power it offers smooth performance and a sound level that is more quiet that we expected. This saw has a 15 amp motor and a blade speed of 5000 rpm (no-load).
This table saw uses a belt drive system, which is quite uncommon for saws in this price range. This belt drive system gives the saw a more smooth start up and it’s low noise level reputation.
Blades and Blade Adjustment
The blade height on the JET 708315LSB JBTS-10LS-2 can be adjusted up to 3″ max. The blade adjustment is pretty smooth. You will find that there is no blade lock though, so if you need to use a dado you might find that the blade height gives. You can work around this by simply using something else to secure the blade handle where it needs to stay, such as a bungee cord or something similar.
The blade that comes with the saw is efficient enough, but we recommend upgrading to a higher-end blade with a more narrow kerf to give this saw extra cutting ability if you are going to be using this saw a lot more than typical occasional use.
The Cutting Table, Miter Saw & Fence
The cutting table is made from aluminum and this is the area where this saw garners most criticism. Aluminum was used because this table saw is billed as portable. Aluminum is lightweight. The aluminum table definitely does not feel as heavy and smooth as the tables on more expensive saws, but it’s pretty solid. You must consider that this is a lower-priced saw and intended for portability.
This also brings us to the miter gauge and fence. The miter gauge is constructed from aluminum and has a reputation for being sloppy in the t-slot. This table saw uses a 5/8″ t-slot rather than a standard 3/4″ inch t-slot. This can make replacing the miter with an aftermarket upgrade a little tough. But a common trick is to apply a strip of some kind of slick-surface tape to the t-bar to tighten up the slop. This works pretty good and we would suggest that you try this before taking the time to find a replacement upgrade.
The fence is also a little tough to work with and can be a pain to adjust if you aren’t exactly sure how to work with it. Trust us though when we say that this can be worked with. You just need to take the time to learn how to adjust and clamp the fence properly and you will be able to get it to perform as needed.
Setup of the JET 708315LSB JBTS-10LS-2 might take you a little longer than you would expect, but that’s okay since it still didn’t take very long, less than a half hour. This saw just needs some fine tuning and adjustments, which are outlined in the manual, and if you take the time to do this you will be happy with how it cuts.
We must also mention JET customer support. They are very, very good and regarded as some of the best in the industry.
Nobody ever complains about their support, good luck trying to find somebody that didn’t like dealing with the JET support. If this is important to you, rest assured that their support is there for you.
Overall, this is a pretty nice saw for the money. We would suggest that you take a look at some of the higher end saws if you can spend a couple hundred dollars more, but in this price range you will be hard pressed to find something that will make you more satisfied.
Where Can You Get This Saw?
Amazon usually has the best pricing on a lot of power tools, so we recommend that you check pricing there first. You can also find a lot of opinions and reviews by other owners of this table saw over there, it’s a good resource.
What Are Others Saying?
- “The main feature that makes this saw truly standout is the belt drive system.”
- “Overall, the belt-drive and reasonable price make this a decent choice for a saw in this price range.”
- “I have a small shop and needed a good quality compact saw. For the price, I don’t think you can beat this saw.”