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Forum topic by pigpencbr posted 09-19-2015 10:35 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2015 10:35 AM

my neighbor just got a new huge bandsaw and is selling his older Jet bandsaw. I think its a 12”. It comes with a few blades and fence that can be attached to the front. Below is a picture of it. He said he would take $150. Seem like a good deal? i know he built his own base because he said the one it came with was just an open bottom with no storage if that helps determine what model it might be….

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#1 posted 09-19-2015 11:56 AM

Found info on 12” Jet ½ HP that came with an open stand but do not think they sell that saw anymore. That saw probably sold for less than $300 new. That saw did not come with a fence, but does not increase the value much.

Replacement parts hard to come by from Jet or other parts places.

If runs good would offer $50 – $75 or pass on it.

Can still find American made Delta 14” used selling for $125 to $150 if patient.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 12:21 PM

The addition of the fence and blades (depending on what they are) MIGHT make it worth $150 if two people were outbidding each other for it. If you only plan on doing small crafty things or cutting wood no thicker than one by material it would be a fine little band saw. But I think it’s a hundred dollar saw at most.

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#3 posted 09-19-2015 03:25 PM

150 is on the high end—what blades are they and what do you want to do with the saw? If you pay anything close to that, make him show you how to set it up and get some instruction with the money.

Have him do this: tension the blade and make sure the upper guides are set close to the blade for cutting. Then lower the guides to the table, and then raise the guides to highest point, and at any time if the left or right guide touches the blade tell him how much work it’s going to be to adjust the guides every time you change thickness of the wood. might see he has to give you a discount. if it’s consistent, might be worth the money.

One more thing: my gut feeling as a less experienced craftsman frequenting forums now and again, Jet is viewed as brand heavy and value light. So in all fairness to the way the economy actually works, a fair price for that saw might be a little higher than a lot of people think it should be.

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#4 posted 09-20-2015 02:13 PM

thanks everyone for the input! I went back and the saw includes 3 blades. the guides and everything seem to line up pretty straight with no issues. i talked him down to $100. I feel i probably got a fair shake, certainly not the deal of the century but i’m happy and he is happy so its a win win. Thanks for all the advice it was greatly appreciated!

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#5 posted 09-20-2015 02:15 PM

Congrats on your new to you Band saw!

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#6 posted 09-20-2015 11:45 PM

I agree. I think you bought yourself a really decent first band saw at a great price. Until you advance into bigger projects that little guy will serve you well.

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#7 posted 09-21-2015 04:15 PM

I bought one on a stand for $150 so you got a good deal.
Just keep in mind its a light duty machine with a small motor so don’t over work it.
Have fun.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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