Jet JBS-18 Bandsaw Restoration #1: Buying the Beast

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Blog entry by FreezFurn posted 08-06-2013 02:35 AM 4790 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this beastly bandsaw at an estate sale earlier this summer. I have been looking for an older 14 inch in working condition for quite some time for the right price, but Craigslist and other estate sales were not working out within my budget. I want a saw that can resaw and cut out bowl or pen blanks easily. Well this one seemed to fit the bill. I cannot find anything about it on the web, so I am posting this hoping someone can learn from my experience in trying to bring it back to life…

It was priced at $175 and appeared to be really old (maybe 50’s), but it was made in Taiwan, so I decided to offer the most I was willing to pay. They accepted my offer of $125 which I thought was fair since it had a 2hp motor, but was missing the fence and an insert. Since it was a Jet I figured I could find most parts for it. It took me and another man 30 minutes to move it down a hallway and get it loaded in my truck. It stands nearly six and a half feet tall and weighs in at about 300 lbs! It had to stay in the back for about 10 days until I could get a mobile base for it and roll it into the shop. I bought a HF version, but it was not rated for that much capacity, so we used that one for my Powermatic TS and took the one made for it and modified it to fit the stand for the new Jet BS.

My dad has a wire welder and we added triangle brace of angle iron to the left and right corners facing you. The mobile base is an HTC rated for 500 lbs. I painted it all one shiny gray color to make it look factory. We added a bolt on each brace to serve as a leveling foot to stabilize the saw once I roll it away from a shop wall.

This is a picture to give you an idea of its size! After a bunch of research about the model and time looking for the manual, I have discovered it was made in the 80’s and appears to be some sort of Delta clone. I do have a copy of the manual if anyone needs it. More to follow…

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 12:59 PM

Nice find especially for that price. I am beginning to appreciate older tools. check out my most recent blog and you will see some cool links!

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 01:54 PM

I am considering buying the same saw right now. I found it on CL. Do have the Mod. #, and what is the resaw capability?

-- Wayne Samples

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 02:36 AM

I just acquired one of these bandsaws and am restoring it. You said you have a copy of the manual. Where did you find it? I would like to get a copy to change the motor voltage. Mine is set up for 120v operation.

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#4 posted 11-22-2014 04:05 AM

I just called Jet and they sent me a digital copy of the manual via email. I looked everywhere on-line before that, so I know where you are coming from.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 01:54 AM

Do you still have a copy of this manual? I have an opportunity to buy the same saw and I can’t find anything about it online. Are parts still available?

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#6 posted 04-29-2018 10:32 PM

i would like the manual. just bought mine at a auction.

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#7 posted 04-30-2018 01:36 AM

I have a copy of it, I can email it to you.

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#8 posted 06-18-2018 09:35 PM

I would like the manual for the JBS18 bandsaw, could you send me a copy also?

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