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02-09-2011 02:51 PM

I talked to my local home depot yesterday and they can order me a delta or jet band saw. The lady said they can order a few other brands but I have to go by there and look at the book and see which brands they are. Is the jet or delta either one worth buying? I have a delta table saw but have no experience with jet so please give me your advice on these two brands of bandsaws and I will post the other brand options later this morning after I go have a look.

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 06:42 PM

Both are good bandsaws. What are you wanting to do with it? If it is just cutting curves in material then nearly any quality bandsaw will work fine. If you want to resaw, make sure you have 1hp or more. I have a 1hp JET with the closed stand and it works great for my purposes. I don’t have a riser block on it but with a 3tpi blade on it it will not bog down resawing 6” material. I like it, but I picked it up used for REALLY cheap. I like the design of the guide post and guides on the Delta better though. Also, some Deltas come with built-in blade tension quick release. JET does also, but only on the higher-end ones last time I looked.

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 06:58 PM

Since when did HD start selling jet and Delta tools?

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 07:22 PM

You can special order them. Well after I went by and checked they no longer offer jet, only delta. I was also looking at the shop fox W1706 and the Rikon 10-320. I love the Rikon but you can’t get a riser for this saw and you can for the shop fox. I don’t know anything about the shop fox other than I have heard that they are the same thing as Grizzly.

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 06:10 AM

I would look at the Grizzly Polar Bear series or check Lowes as they now sell the Steel City bandsaw that Highland Woodworking sells as well for around $498,get a 10% discount on that by getting a movers kit from the USPS and grab the Lowes coupon out of it. But the Polar Bears series is a deal IMO the 14 is around $470 shipped and the 17 about $760 shipped both good saws for the money.With all the hulabaloo with Delta right now I’d shy away till things settle down there. Jets are OK IMO but have never heard great things about them. The Steel City is a granite topped saw that may lead to problems getting a fence mounted later,but stay away from the Porter Cable at Lowes its junk IMO compared to the others mentioned.The Rikons a greatsaw for the money and you prolly won’t need a riser as it already cuts up to 10 incjes as I recall.

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 12:21 PM

I am no bandsaw expert although I am currently in the market for the Jet 18Q 3hp saw as I want the flexibility to resaw. We here in the UK do not have the option (as far as I know) to have riser blocks fitted to our saws although I do keep up to date with what my american cousins have at your disposal.

Surely though, if a saw is fitted with a motrr relvent to the height under the guides then that is the capacity for safely using the saw, or at least, not to over load the motor. Therefore, if a riser block is fitted, effectively doubling the capacity, resawing to this height will be putting the motor under a load in excess of it’s capacity? Also does the addition of the riser not affect the structural integrity of the saw???

I am sure there are a lot of factors to consider one of them price but if resawing is a real consideration and a big part of your work then a larger saw would be my prefered option. Having said this, if time is not a problem and you are happy to spend the time on just occassional resawing then a smaller more cost efficient saw is the wayy to go.

Good luck which ever way you go.

I’m sure you guys will set me straight on this point but not convinced.

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 01:43 PM

Just wanted to throw in my experience with Grizzly. I bought the G0555 14” a couple of months back. They delivered to the door for less than $500. I had owned a Jet a few years back and it was great too. But for the money, Grizzly kicks rump. I’ve got mine riding on a furniture dolly so I can roll it out and even with such a small base it is stable. I had researched (read virtually every review on the web) for several months (while I was trying to figure out how to afford it) and I became convinced that it is the best VALUE out there. At least, you might want to take a look at it… delivery was in 3-4 days.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 01:44 PM

The Delta bandsaw I bought was the only large power tool I’ve ever returned:

I ended up with a Powermatic 14” but with hindsight I should have gone with a Grizzly.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#8 posted 02-10-2011 02:21 PM

Thanks for your responses guys. I posted this before I decided to buy a Grizzly yesterday. I ordered a Grizzley G0555X 14” with the 1 1/2 hp motor so I guess I should have deleted this post after I ordered it but I do thank all of you for your responses.

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