|Forum topic by jonlruss||posted 12-01-2015 05:43 PM||800 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-01-2015 05:43 PM
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?