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Forum topic by Anthony posted 01-15-2012 07:45 PM 1352 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Anthony

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01-15-2012 07:45 PM

I am going to purchase a bandsaw.

I have two options, new or used.

I am considering a used Jet JBS-14MW for $299 (not including the gasoline for the 2 hour round trip drive to get it), or the purchase of a new Grizzly Ultimate Bandsaw – for whatever it is they sell for.

What do you recommend?

Thanks.

Anthony

-- Anthony, Atlanta Georgia


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RibsBrisket4me

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 07:49 PM

IF the Jet is one of the newer white ones and in good condition, I’d take that over the new price of the Grizz. If the Jet was an old blue one, or pretty beat up, I’d get the Grizz.

Just my opinion…

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 08:04 PM

Todd,

Thanks so much for your response.

This particular Jet Bandsaw is a grey color. They’ve identified it as a wood/metal cutting bandsaw and they are askin $299. The picture in their ad certainly looks like the saw is in good condition. This is a saw that can be used at varying speeds, which means it has a pully with a few steps.

There is also a “gold series” (white) Jet Bandsaw for sale locally as well, he is asking $250. But I can’t seem to get him to respond to my email for directions to his place. In his ad he says it will need a new upper tire and it has some paint spatterings on it. I don’t care much about the paint, but the damage to the upper tire concerns me a bit. I know that they are easily replaced, but I’m guessing you probablly really have to get the blade off track to damage a wheel tire. Which could mean that he had it way out of alignment, or something else could be broke (like the axel that holds the upper wheel – or whatever that thing is called).

What do you think?

Anthony

-- Anthony, Atlanta Georgia

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RibsBrisket4me

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 08:09 PM

These days a 14 inch BS for $300 or under is a pretty good deal. Replacing an upper tire can be costly. The older Jet sounds like it could be a gem, but you will have to drive out and see it run. Can you post a link/pic of that saw so we can scope it out for you?

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 08:17 PM

Metal and wood band saws run at different speeds.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 08:29 PM

Yes Jim,

I understand that the saw has a step pully, so the speed can be changed easily.

Anthony

-- Anthony, Atlanta Georgia

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#6 posted 01-15-2012 10:32 PM

Having bought a Jet drill press; returning it; getting another; replacing a circuit board that failed shortly after starting to use it. Then bought a heavy duty Grizzly bandsaw. I’d go with the quality and customer service and reliability of a high end Grizzly product. Experience is the best teacher.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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