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Forum topic by Anthony posted 01-15-2012 04:11 AM 2194 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2012 04:11 AM

Dear Friends,

I have the opportunity to purchase a Jet Bandsaw Gold Series for $250, or a JBS 14MW for $299. The Gold Series saw needs a new rubber tire for the top wheel. I think that’s about it.

Which of these two bandsaws used would you purchase?

Thanks AST

-- Anthony, Atlanta Georgia

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 10:10 PM

neither, unless the price is extremely attractive on a newer tool or the tool in question is very old. WMH tool group (i.e., jet and powermatic) is trading on the past reputations of those once respectable brands. IMHO, they are shadows of their former selves with their parent pushing premium priced very average tools onto unsuspecting tool snobs with more money than good sense. put that money towards a good used delta or steel frame saw. FTR, i own an 18” jet bandsaw. it was my first, and last, WMH tool group product purchase.

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 10:25 PM

I’d recommend a steel framed saw too.

That said, 14” cast frame imported bandsaws can be upgraded
and tuned up to work pretty well. Lots of bandsaw owners
don’t do much more than cut out curved lawn ornaments
from 3/4” pine, so they don’t need a saw to cut straight and
wouldn’t need to tune a saw up to execute joinery.

Most people would tend to think of the bandsaw as a tool for
cutting curves, but to the furniture maker the well-tuned
bandsaw is used often for straight cuts and blade selection and
tuning favors straight cuts. Larger steel framed saws tend
to be more designed for professional use and tend then to
cut straighter with less fuss.

Lumpy tires can be trimmed, wheels can be made coplaner
by shimming the bottom wheel, guides can be adjusted carefully
and vibration can be improved with link belts.

Mark Duginske wrote a couple of good books on choosing, using
and improving band saws.

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