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franktha4th

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01-01-2018 06:10 AM

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I am wanting to buy a big bandsaw and have been doing a lot of research. The thing that draws me to this saw over the other 18’s is the 16” resaw capacity. Also is it foolish to try to resaw something that size with only a 1.75hp motor? I saw some on here that had a JWBS-18X back in 2010 that didn’t seem to give it 5 stars. I am wondering if Jet has since learned from some of the flaws of 2010 and this machine is awesome or if I should look at something different. My budget is $2100 and I would like to get away with a 115V if I can as i don’t have too much more room in my electrical panel to add many more 220V tools. (I need to save room for a cabinet saw further down the road). I am hoping one of you have this saw or someone you know does and can give me some feedback on it. I don’t want to make a mistake on such a big purchase. Thanks in advance guys!

-- Frank, Washington State, https://www.youtube.com/user/franktha4th


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Tennessee

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#1 posted 01-01-2018 01:38 PM

My humble opinion, 1.75HP running at 110VAC may not cut it for you. There are reviews for the old one, as you say, and one main complaint was the motor.
I found this one: JWBS-18QT 18-Inch 1-3/4 HP – and same issues, some reviews as late as 2016.
The price is also a bit steep for me.

I own the G0513X2BF, paid about $1200 for it five years ago. And although it only resaws up to 12”, 2HP motor running at 220VAC with the electric brake makes it one heck of a saw, and actually an award winner from one of the larger woodworking magazines. A veritable horse of a saw.
One thing I will tell you – once you own a saw with an electric brake that will stop a bandsaw blade in a bit under two seconds, you will wonder why you didn’t buy one of these before?
My smaller Powermatic does not have it, and I wait, and wait, and wait for that doggone blade to stop. PITA…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 04:17 AM



My humble opinion, 1.75HP running at 110VAC may not cut it for you. There are reviews for the old one, as you say, and one main complaint was the motor.
I found this one: JWBS-18QT 18-Inch 1-3/4 HP – and same issues, some reviews as late as 2016.
The price is also a bit steep for me.

I own the G0513X2BF, paid about $1200 for it five years ago. And although it only resaws up to 12”, 2HP motor running at 220VAC with the electric brake makes it one heck of a saw, and actually an award winner from one of the larger woodworking magazines. A veritable horse of a saw.
One thing I will tell you – once you own a saw with an electric brake that will stop a bandsaw blade in a bit under two seconds, you will wonder why you didn t buy one of these before?
My smaller Powermatic does not have it, and I wait, and wait, and wait for that doggone blade to stop. PITA…

- Tennessee


Awesome! Thank you for you’re input. I was afraid of that, but now am glad to know! much obliged! A lot of good information. Back to the drawing board… I think I’ll look into the Grizzly for sure. Thanks again Tennessee!

-- Frank, Washington State, https://www.youtube.com/user/franktha4th

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#3 posted 01-02-2018 12:46 PM

I’ll vouch for the G0513X2BF as well. I’ve had it for around two years and it has performed very well. I do recommend the Carter blade stabilizer for using small (1/4” and less) blades if you plan on cutting with blades that narrow.
Totally agree with Tennessee about the motor brake.
Good luck in you search.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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franktha4th

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#4 posted 01-02-2018 11:15 PM



I ll vouch for the G0513X2BF as well. I ve had it for around two years and it has performed very well. I do recommend the Carter blade stabilizer for using small (1/4” and less) blades if you plan on cutting with blades that narrow.
Totally agree with Tennessee about the motor brake.
Good luck in you search.

- Blindhog


Thank you Blindhog! I appreciate it!

-- Frank, Washington State, https://www.youtube.com/user/franktha4th

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