The upsides to this JET are its truckload of standard items: continuous variable speed; digital readout to track bit rpm; 5/8″ chuck; crisp laser crosshairs powered by the tool — no batteries; and a table roller that extends horizontal support to a generous 16-1⁄2″. The table casing is even easier to clamp to, thanks to a 1-1⁄8″ flat area around the rim. A screw-in LED tasklight is also supplied. All pluses.
On the flip side, a few little annoyances got in the way. Most of the handle caps were prone to falling off. The depth stop collars turned roughly on extra flashing. And its 1/3-hp motor came close to stalling several times in spade bit testing.
More horsepower would add value to the top end price here and make this tool’s many virtues outshine a couple of minor quirks.