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Forum topic by jonlruss posted 12-01-2015 05:43 PM 1744 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2015 05:43 PM

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I’m looking to get a band saw and have found three I’m considering. I’d love to get something better than these, but around here people seem to think the one they have for sale is gold plated. Also with any of these, I need to be thoughtful about the cost of repair as SWMBO isn’t keen on my spending too much since it’s supposed to be for my birthday, and with Christmas coming up.

A: Jet JBS-14MW for $175. Looks to be in fairly good shape. Table looks like it has minimal rust. Only thing it says in the ad is “Needs guide foot repaired”. I’m guessing they mean the lower bearing or guide??? Have found a manual for it online, but parts appear to be scarce as hen’s teeth. Other than that, haven’t found too much about it. I’d have to see how much I could get them to come down on the price.

B: IMS WBS-14-1 for $150. Looks to be a mid-80’s Taiwanese import. Pretty much no info that I could find on it. Table is missing, but one pic shows what might be the edge of it sitting next to the saw. Looks like one of the trunions is broken but can’t tell for sure. Contacted seller to ask about table but haven’t gotten a reply. Overall condition isn’t too bad apart from the trunion and the table if it is missing. Ad says “Works great. price in store 500” (Rigghhhtttt). I feel it’s too high at $150.

C: Ridgid for $200, (not sure of the model but it’s the orange/gray color scheme so I’m thinking probably one of the 1400 series). Looks like it’s been sitting for a while. Bunch of crap sitting on table including one of the wheels. Table looks to have minimal rust. Ad says ”...needs a part that holds the wheel adjustment on blade”. It’s hard to tell with all the crap in the background of the pictures but it looks like the upper guide is missing. It may be in the pile of crap on the table but it’s impossible to tell. I’ve seen good and bad on these. Those problems with it don’t seem insurmountable. The problem is availability of parts, and not knowing which parts are needed. Again though, over priced IMO.

Suggestions, comments, opinions?

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 05:49 PM

I’d go for 1 if the part can be fixed or replaced relatively easily.

2 over 3 because I had a rigid and it was trash.

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 05:49 PM

None of those are my favorites, but of the three I would go with the Jet. Even if Jet is no longer supporting parts for that model, it’s a common enough model that 3rd parties will have made aftermarket guides and other parts that fit.

edit – Just because they aren’t my favorites, doesn’t mean that they won’t make a decent cut once you get them tuned up. The Jet is a decent saw, and is pretty much a direct copy of the old Delta’s. I’m just biased.

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 06:03 PM

I have the ridgid….do yourself a favor and forget about that one. I had to spend hours getting mine into usable shape. And even then, it’s a mediocre machine at best.

To be honest, i’d skip all three. It’s going to be hard to tell what these machines will need to be servicable. Band saws are finicky machines. Unless you can get the machines for peanuts, I doubt they are worth the hassle. I hold out for a better option to come along, or save up and buy something new in the $300-400 range.

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 08:15 PM

Look on CL ( for an old Delta (not the new crap). I found an old 1934 that is my go to saw unless i’m resawing then I use my big 17” BS. Cast iron and a dream to use. paid 200 bucks.

I’ve got an old 16” walker turner I need to replace the bearings on and it will be a hummer. I paid 125 for that one and it weighs in at about 800 lbs. I’ve got about 30 bucks in new bearings.

Have patience and the right one will pop up. I was not even looking for a 14” when I saw the Delta. When I picked it up, they guy said he had a ton of calls on it but I was first and said sold sight unseen.

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#5 posted 12-01-2015 09:01 PM

I probably should hold off a bit, it’s just that the better saws come with a higher price around here. On rare occasion, one shows at a good price but they go fast.

That Delta’s a honey at a great price. There’s actually a 16” Walker Turner on CL now for $300, but no way would SWMBO let me spend that much lol.

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 11:52 PM

Might I recommend do what I do. I take 20-30 $ a payday and put it back(I do it with my wife’s blessing as been married 30 years and dont hide $$ from the wife). It’s my tool money. At the end of the year I get one good tool. Been doin that for 20+ years. I’ve managed to build up a good shop. You would be surprised at what you can save up. I saved up a couple years and done that too.

I’ve also built tool purchases into my projects. A lot of my early pieces covered the purchase of tool mostly. I know when I built my wife’s hutch, when I told here what it would cost to do it, it included the cost of a Kapex. Used my tax return (one of the few I had with money back) to do it for her and get the tool. It’s better now that I’m selling pieces. that mostly funded my Sawstop.

Patience and be willing to travel, and you will get what you want. It took me two years of savinig and waiting for the big 20” Northfield planer to show up, and it did for 1500 bucks. that beast goes for 15k new (they still make it).

Check daily and be ready to act when a deal pops up. Like I said when that delta poped up I was gone to get it. Missed a few deals by waiting.

I know its hard but it will come if you wait! Good luck.

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