JET’s Xacta Saw Deluxe will also give you a leg up on improved kickback prevention and dust control, thanks to its good standard features. This saw includes a dust shroud and hose system below the blade that helped to clear all but one handful of dust from inside the cabinet during my test cuts. The machine also sports a single riving knife that holds the guard and anti-kickback pawls. The guard and pawls have push-button quick releases, and once the throatplate is out, you can extract the riving knife easily with a flip lever. A low-profile knife is also available.
JET provides a larger 29" x 42" cast table here, but I wish the extension wings were chamfered like the center table. This difference in milling creates sharp corners where the pieces bolt together.
Plastic facings on the rip fence required shimming to flatten them, but JET makes that easier to do with bolt access slots underneath the fence spine. The fence works well and offers both front-to-back and vertical adjustment.
For other niceties, the Xacta Saw comes with a push-button arbor lock, a handy storage drawer down below and a silky paint job — sure, it’s a minor point to note, but a little eye candy on a saw you’ll buy for the long term is a nice perk. I think the Xacta Saws’s overall performance and features merit its $2,100 2010 street price.