I have a Jet 14” JWBS-14CS bandsaw. It does not have any ball bearing guides. No 4” dust collection hook-up or the quick release blade tension bar. My local woodworking store has the Carter ball bearing guides and the quick release tension bar for $360 (together) plus tax. Also, I need to add a brush and new spring for
$50. So, added up with tax is over $400 to upgrade. This does not include going to a riser block (which I would like to do).
My other option is buying new. I looked at the new Jet Pro Deluxe Bandsaw and the Rikon 14” Deluxe Bandsaw. The Woodworking Show comes to town this weekend and one of my local stores has 10% off all tools that weekend. I can get the Jet model for $815 (tax included) with this discount. They do not carry the Rikon. I can get the Rikon for $850 (tax included) at another woodworking store.
Both these bandsaws are loaded with features and both include all the updates I need for my old one.
So my question is does anyone have an opion about which way to go or about either of these 2 bandsaws. Or is there another bandsaw you like at this price?
Any help is much needed.
-- Rich, Columbus, Ohio