|Forum topic by TheDane||posted 09-04-2010 07:18 PM||1129 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
09-04-2010 07:18 PM
A little less than 4 months ago, I bought a new Jet 14” Band Saws (JWBS-14CS). It came packed in the factory shipping boxes, and AFAICT, I was the first person to open it and unpack it.
I set it up per the instructions, was careful to go through the alignment and tuning procedures, and have pretty much been a happy camper with it … until last night.
I had just finished a cut on a band saw box I am making, and when I reached over to hit the ‘Stop’ button, I noticed the switchbox was loose and the top screw appeared to have worked itself out.
“No problem,” I thought, “I’ll just whip out a trusty Phillips screw driver and tight en her back up.” No joy here … the screw just turned in the hole with no bite.
I pulled the screw out of the hole, and, lo and behold, about half of the thread was stripped.
I looked it up on the parts list, and determined the correct screw was M5×12MM. The stripped screw, however, was M5×16MM.
This is just a WAG on my part, but I suspect the assembly line worker either found a casting that had been improperly tapped or somehow stripped the 12MM screw, and just drove in a 16MM screw thinking it would hold. I can’t tell for sure what it is, but the stripped end of the screw has some residue, which makes me wonder if they tried to glue it in.
Either way, this is lousy quality control, and makes me wonder what else is botched up on this saw.
I didn’t buy the cheapest saw on the market, and I paid good money for this tool. I didn’t expect to have to tap new threads and make a trip to the hardware store to keep it together.
Thankfully, the hole in the casting was deep enough to accommodate an M5×25MM screw, so I can tighten it securely.
I plan to mention this to the Jet dealer I bought it from (a top drawer, local machine shop) and will write to WMH Tool Group … they need to know about this kind of sloppy workmanship.
For the record, 3 of the major tools in my shop are Jet tools (table saw, band saw, and mortiser), and this is the first complaint I have had.
END OF RANT
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