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Forum topic by MPMaint posted 02-20-2016 12:39 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MPMaint

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02-20-2016 12:39 PM

Hey guys, Just wanted to get some of your thoughts about an older jet band saw. I have an oportunity to get one of the blue ones from an estate. I dont know the model number or even the size. In the picture, it looks like a 14” but could be 16”??? Hard to tell. If it dont have at least a 1hp motor or cast wheels Im going to pass on it but maybe not.
Are these total crap or decent saws?
Thanks


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JAAune

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 07:10 PM

Jets are fine. The best bandsaws I’ve encountered were the early 2000’s Deltas and I’ve got one of them. Other than that, older saws are typically better than new ones.

3/4HP is fine for most 14” saws as they max out at 6” of resaw capacity. The motor won’t stall unless you use dull blades or bind the blades during the cut. Binding isn’t solved by a more powerful motor because forcing a blade through a bad cut isn’t going to retain adequate cutting quality.

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 02:20 AM

I have an old blue Jet bandsaw. It’s 23 years old and I have just done upgrades on it. It feels like a new saw. I love it.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 03:49 AM

I have the older 14” Jet, no riser block. It’s not a resaw beast, but it does everything I need it to. The fence is a little sticky to operate, so the Kreg fence looks like a nice idea. I sprayed some dry lube on the fence rail and it works much better. I also changed over the blade tensioning handle with a crank from Peachtree. Much easier and faster to tension the blade now!

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 05:07 PM


I have the older 14” Jet, no riser block. It s not a resaw beast, but it does everything I need it to. The fence is a little sticky to operate, so the Kreg fence looks like a nice idea. I sprayed some dry lube on the fence rail and it works much better. I also changed over the blade tensioning handle with a crank from Peachtree. Much easier and faster to tension the blade now!

- pintodeluxe


I almost did the crank also. I converted mine to a tension lever. I guess I could do both, right? Sorry about the sideways pic.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 06:06 AM

Good quality saws that will last

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 02-23-2016 12:59 AM

I have an old 18” Jet bandsaw that’s older than the one pictured above. I recently rebuilt it and it runs great. I only wish I could find the throat plate insert for it.

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MPMaint

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#7 posted 02-23-2016 01:32 AM

Well, I didn’t buy it. It’s a 14” and it looked like a decent saw till I started looking real closely.
Upper bearing needed to be replaced, cast aluminum wheels, 3/4hp, loose trunions, and missing a few parts. I could have picked it up for $200. I still haven’t ruled it out but I have my doubts. Its no Powermatic thats for sure.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 02-23-2016 02:59 AM



I have an old 18” Jet bandsaw that s older than the one pictured above. I recently rebuilt it and it runs great. I only wish I could find the throat plate insert for it.

- BryanoFLA

Is it possible to make your own? Some used to be square but most I have ever seen are circles. Made my own recently for zero clearance.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#9 posted 02-23-2016 03:00 AM



Well, I didn t buy it. It s a 14” and it looked like a decent saw till I started looking real closely.
Upper bearing needed to be replaced, cast aluminum wheels, 3/4hp, loose trunions, and missing a few parts. I could have picked it up for $200. I still haven t ruled it out but I have my doubts. Its no Powermatic thats for sure.

- MPMaint

You shouldn’t let bad bearings discourage a bandsaw purchase. Bearings are not expensive and are actually fairly easy to replace.
Don’t lose any sleep over it, you’ll find the right one soon enough!

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Woodchuck2010

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#10 posted 02-23-2016 03:17 AM



I have an old 18” Jet bandsaw that s older than the one pictured above. I recently rebuilt it and it runs great. I only wish I could find the throat plate insert for it.

- BryanoFLA


Buy some zero clearance ones. Thats what I did. Mine had an aluminum plate and wasn’t very good.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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jasonallen

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#11 posted 02-25-2016 03:24 AM


I have an old blue Jet bandsaw. It s 23 years old and I have just done upgrades on it. It feels like a new saw. I love it.

- Woodchuck2010


How do you like the Kreg fence? I’m thinking about getting one to resaw. I have never done it before but think I need to give it a try. Right now I barely use my band saw and just have a cheap old craftsman. Might I be happy with it?

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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