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Jet bandsaw motor replacement

Jet bandsaw motor replacement

11-05-2010 03:34 AM by kayakguy | 11 comments »

This is not so much a review of my bandsaw, as a discussion of issues I had with the motor, and the struggle I went through replacing it. I had origionally posted this under ‘projects’, but some folks had suggested it really belonged under ‘reviews’. So here it is. While re-sawing some 10” wide Walnut boards, I managed to blow out the motor on my bandsaw. The local repair shop could not fix it (they claimed it was a cheap motor, and not repairable). Jet wanted almos...

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Kreg bandsaw fence is a resawing dream

Kreg bandsaw fence is a resawing dream

10-19-2010 01:53 AM by 8iowa | 14 comments »

Among Kreg’s many useful accessories is their bandsaw fence. This fence system has the precision to make thin strips for veneering, edge banding, or oval boxes, as well as doing general resawing. One of the test strips shown above is 2” x 30” and is an incredibly uniform .014 thousandths thick. It’s easy to compensate for blade drift and the rip scale is also a handy feature. Kreg makes this fence for many popular bandsaws. Additional and optional accessories includ...

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I had it's fair share of problems out of the box.

I had it's fair share of problems out of the box.

08-15-2010 02:11 AM by ABrown | 20 comments »

I picked up this saw last feb at HD, and for $299 I figued it was a good deal. I don’t resaw any thing so the size was right. The assembly of the saw was stright foward, I had it compleated in less than an hour. When I turned it on, I thought that saw was going to walk across the shop. I done some research “after I bought it” and then started fixing things one by one: The belt was replaced with a link belt from Rockler, It helped a pretty good bit but it still had a fair amo...

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Powermatic 14" bandsaw

Powermatic 14" bandsaw

08-12-2010 09:11 PM by ChuckC | 25 comments »

I finally convinced myself that I was ready for a bandsaw. I spent about a month looking into them and settled on the Powermatic 14”. I wasn’t interested in getting something that I would have to upgrade due to any number of possible deficiencies so I thought I was safe with the trusted Powermatic name. Well, I was almost right. I had a rough start with this saw. If it wasn’t for their superior customer service I would have returned it. I ordered the 14” bandsaw, ri...

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Very happy I got it!!

Very happy I got it!!

07-21-2010 09:33 AM by Eagle1 | 16 comments »

Well I finished putting it together yeaterday and tunning it up. It went quite well. I did use the stock blade first. Figured might as well use it for a bit. I put the 1” on it a timberwolf. My first cut was on a small 2×4 to check things for alignment. So for the big test. I took a piece of oak 2×6. I took a 1/2 off of it measured it great cut. Took that piece down to 1/4”, still a good cut. Then took it a little farther took that piece down to 1/16” Same great cu...

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Big Bang For Your Buck

Big Bang For Your Buck

07-05-2010 07:34 AM by Ben | 27 comments »

I love this machine. I purchased this bandsaw in April 2009. I have put it through it’s paces on numerous projects and use it whenever I can. First Impressions I decided on this particular saw after days of research. I ordered it through the Grizzly website. I was so eager to get it that I ended up picking it up from the shipping depot rather than waiting an extra day for it to be delivered to my house. The trucking company loaded it into my truck with a forklift and I was on...

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JET JWBS-14DX

JET JWBS-14DX

06-25-2010 04:40 AM by MOJOE | 14 comments »

So I picked this saw up from Overland Tool in Lenexa, Ks today. They let it go for $495.00. Amazon lists this saw for $969.00, so I feel like a found a pretty good deal. Anyway, got it home in 2 boxes, and upon opening, I saw that everything was in perfect condition. I have read reviews on other saws stating a 2-3 hour assembly time, so I figured this would be the same…..WRONG!!!!! Major props to JET here. I opened the box holding the base, and the motor was already mounted. I op...

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I am really impressed with this saw

I am really impressed with this saw

06-21-2010 04:41 AM by zierath | 49 comments »

I received this saw about two weeks ago. My wife bought it for me as a father’s day gift. It was packed very well, and there were no parts missing. Set up was simple enough. Lifting it was quite a bit of work; as it is a very heavy piece of equipment. I tuned it up in a very short time and was really impressed how quiet it runs. I’ve been reading books and watching videos on bandsaws and it appears to have many features found on much more expensive saws. I think the quality...

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Laguna LT 18 3000

Laguna LT 18 3000

05-14-2010 07:31 AM by mfm | 17 comments »

I purchased this saw in 01\10. Heavy brute to move into the shop. Set up was straight forward even if no manual was supplied. There is now a very good video on the Laguna website that provides some helpful setup tips. The factory settings proved to be right on with little or no adjustment.The saw runs quietly with no vibration. The start capacitor failed after about two hours. I received instant attention from the Laguna service people, but someone forgot to mail the part! Arrived today 05/1...

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Deal on Ridgid BS1400 14" Band Saw

Deal on Ridgid BS1400 14" Band Saw

05-02-2010 06:59 AM by Juansnapon | 13 comments »

I just picked up the Ridgid 14” Band Saw for $184, Home Depot has them on special in there lower volume stores. 20 minutes away another HD had the same drill press for $369 at a higher volume store so make sure you keep your eyes open for good deals at the HD. Once they sell out of the smaller store they will not get them back anymore so don’t miss out. Remeber HD will take competitor coupons like Harbor Fright tools 20% coupons too. Other than a little vibration in the table that can...

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