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Forum topic by chansen posted 09-19-2012 10:38 PM 5944 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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chansen

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09-19-2012 10:38 PM

I am in the market for a bandsaw, and since I’m limited on space and budget I’m looking at used 14” saws. I had a Delta 28-206 sold out from under me, which I was pretty disappointed about (he was asking $375). There is a 14” Jet 14CSW Anniversery Addition available for $400. Would that be worth it? How do Jet’s compare to the others? I plan on doing some resawing, but nothing major so I would need a riser block with almost any of them. Any input/suggestions are welcome.

Thanks,

Christian


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#1 posted 09-19-2012 11:15 PM

Decent Bandsaw, 400 bucks not a bad price if it is in nice shape. I had just the regular 14in closed cabinet and it worked well for me until I came across the Laguna 16hd….. I wish I would have kept it though cause me and that bandsaw saw many projects together.

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 11:37 PM

Depends on your area. In So. Cal $400 for a 14” 2-part
cast iron band saw is high, but in your area it might be
a bargain.

Jet is pretty good quality.

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 11:39 PM

Price seems a bit high to me. $300-350 seems more realistic (depending on condition of course)

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 12:04 AM

Seems like a good price if it is in pristine condition. Those sell new from $750 (on sale) to $1000 new. They are great quality machines

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 12:34 AM

Thanks everyone. I’ll give him a call and go take a look.

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toolie

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 05:21 AM

chansen….if you’re interested in overpaying for underperforming tools, then jet is the brand for you. long on promise, short on delivery and pricey make them poor values for what are decidedly average tools today. years ago, jet was a value driven tool and you got what you paid for. today, the newer saws (last 10 years) mainly appeal to uninformed tool snobs who value brand name over performance. wait for a nice used delta, grizzly or rikon (ever notice how few rikons are on CL? that’s because their owners love them. always seem to be plenty of jets for sale).

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 05:30 PM

Wouldn’t be a Jet thread without Toolie crapping all over the brand…

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 05:34 PM

Take a look at the new Grizz 0555LX. Lotta saw for the bucks. You’ll need blades for sure.
Bill

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 05:35 PM

I’m starting to lean towards a new Rikon; probably the 10-325. It is a bit more expensive, but it gets a lot closer in price when I consider I would need to get the riser block and new blades for the Jet. My local woodcraft is having a sale in a few weeks, so that brings them close enough that I’d be willing to spend a little more $$ and get the new Rikon.

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 05:55 PM

It seems like whenever I read about the Rikon 10-325 and price is mentioned almost everyone has paid less for their 10-325 than I did for mine. That being said, I still feel that I got a great bandsaw for what I paid and I have zero buyers remorse. You won’t be sorry if you do go the Rikon 10-325 route.

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#11 posted 09-20-2012 06:23 PM

Wow there is a lot of difference when you go from spending 400 bucks to 1,000…... I bet you could get the older Jet for 350. Add 150 for a riser block and 2 blades. 500 bucks…. 1/2 the cost of the Rikon….. Is the Rikon twice the saw as the Jet? Same resaw capabilities,almost same HP….... Limited budget? I never used a Rikon and it maybe a very good bandsaw, if you have it in your limited budget the Rikon great go for it. I myself get the Jet and have 500 bucks left over to get other needed items. I recently got the Griz 14 inch and paid with riser block delivered around 750.00. Just to cut corbels on 10×12 cedar beams. It did the job just fine. I am not looking at brand but just what would make more scense money wise for what you are actually getting. Even at 10% off sale if there is one you will still have taxes. Minimum 400 diffeence between the two. Just my 2 cents…..

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toolie

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 12:30 AM

Is the Rikon twice the saw as the Jet?

no it isn’t. it’s probably 3 or 4 times the saw, IMHO. while i usually go for the better value, the only thing the jet and the 10-325 have in common is that they are both made of metal.

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#13 posted 09-21-2012 05:11 AM

The OP said he wants to add a riser block and resaw. I think Louis Iturra is correct when he recommends 1.5 HP. Does the saw you are looking at have enough HP? Beware, the upgrading path is usually an expensive one.

Ed

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#14 posted 09-21-2012 05:53 AM

The Jet is only 1HP. And, the Rikon will be at least 15% off at my local woodcraft in a few weeks, so that shaves the price down a little more. I will need to get the riser block and therefore new blades for the Jet saw, so that adds about $150 to the price. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get the Jet price down too much based on what I’ve seen other saws go for around here. I’m really looking at about a $300 difference between the saws. So for $300 I get a 50% increase in HP, a new saw, and some kind of warranty. For me, I think it makes sense. I’d rather buy a little more saw now and get more use out of it, than skimp and regret it and not get the functionality I need. And most importantly… my wife has signed off on the purchase!

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#15 posted 09-21-2012 07:23 AM

300 difference, new warranty, ok but the wife signing off on the purchase…. PRICELESS

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