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10-26-2012 08:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw jet jbs-14mw

Assistance with accessing the value of this saw, is requested!!! Question for the LJ braintrust; What are the potential pitfalls to THIS machine??? I know what to look at when accessing a used bandsaw, however, I have no experience with THIS saw. So your valued opinions would be helpful. Will this saw handle moderate resawing? Are there inherent problems with this model/make?

Thank you, in advance for your input.

I’m working tonight, so I will check in when I can.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?


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#1 posted 10-26-2012 08:25 PM

Ive never personally used that model, but it looks like your garden variety, Taiwanese, 14” BS. Nothing wrong with that, but nothing special either. The riser block and 1.5hp motor will make it a slightly more capable redrawing machine, but I’ve never felt a modified 14” BS was the best choice if you plan to resaw anything thicker than 4-6”.
$175 is a very reasonable price for that machine. But your not getting away with anything.

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#2 posted 10-26-2012 08:27 PM

Fair price, nab it.

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 08:58 PM

That’s the input I’m looking for. Thank you!

I’ve been looking at 2 new BSs. The Ricon 10-325 14 inch Deluxe & The Grizzly G0555X 14 inch Extreme Series, the Ricon is going an sale and both look like a good saw. I wonder how they compare to the older Tiawanese saws? Would I be better off going new or used? I really want the capability to resaw.

Again, thanks for the help.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 09:05 PM

One thing you might want to keep in mind is the availability
and ease of obtaining blades for the machine.
I’d like to know what size blades fit the machine, and see if
they’re available for wood and metal.
A new machine can be purchased anytime.
Ask if you can resaw some pieces on it and see how you like it.

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 09:06 PM

For that kind of band saw machine, I think $175 is a good price . :)

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 10:04 PM

IMO- I think the Jet for $175 is the way to go. I don’t feel the Rikon/Grizzly offer enough additional value, although they do include some nice features. Nonetheless, you could trick-out that Jet with a premium fence, gooseneck lamp, etc. and have a machine thats 95% as good as those two.
If you find yourself frequently resawing alot of 6-12” stock, you’ll probably want to upgrade to a 18” BS. And if your not resawing that type of stock, you don’t need a high-end machine. In either case, you’ll be sorry you spent $700+ on a 14” BS when you could have just spent $175.

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#7 posted 10-26-2012 10:08 PM

please don’t mention that jet and the 10-325 in the same breath. they are in no way in the same league. that being said, for $175, i’d get it, and i don’t think much of jet tools. but for $175, you’re risk is reasonable and it will cut wood. but even with a riser block, it’s not going to ever measure up the 10-325. no matter what is done to that jet, it’ll never be 95% as good as the rikon. rikons are just built to a more stringent standard with more substantial components. i dumped an 18” jet in favor of a 10-340 and my first hand experience is that the 10-340 is head and shoulders above the jet i dumped.

if budget isn’t a concern, buy it, install a 1/4” blade for circles/small work and then get the 10-345 for resaw/heavy work. just my $.02.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#8 posted 10-26-2012 10:11 PM

Randy – I briefly owned a 14” Metal/Wood saw from Taiwan that basically looked exactly like that old Jet…....the quality of the guides and table and general durability was not so good…......personally, I would pass on this one. By the time you tweak and upgrade parts, you could have a better saw….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 10-26-2012 10:35 PM

Upgrade costs are one of my concerns. I really only want to buy one saw and be done.

Thanks guys for the input. I would be more detailed, but I’m posting from my phone & I’m also at work.
Thank you all. Please keep the comments coming.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 10-27-2012 01:11 PM

Randy its good to see the way you are hunting down these tools. Good luck and may you find what your are looking for.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#11 posted 10-27-2012 02:54 PM

looks like a great saw but if you were considering the grizz and the rikon, that delta is defiantly a whole level below. Im sure it will be a great saw but im not sure how it will compare against the grizz and especially the rikon.

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#12 posted 10-27-2012 06:09 PM

Thank you everyone!

I’m torn between budget, features, warranty and “Instant Gratification”. My budget would prefer a quality used machine. However, it may require a minor rebuild and they tend to need upgrades and tweaking. New machines come with features, are “plug & play” (once assembled & tuned) and also include a warranty. I think it is agreed that the Rikon is the superior saw and if upgraded would be an amazing saw.

I wish there was no negative criticisms of the used saw as my decision would be muuuch easier. The Rikon is the “toy” my inner child is screaming for!!! Hmmm, “practical & Ok usability” or “Extreme/Deluxe Functionality”???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 10-28-2012 01:30 AM

FWIW, if you can go for a rikon, you will absolutely not regret it. ever notice how many delta and jet BSs are seen on craigs list, and how few rikons are on CL? there’s a reason, and it’s because they are superior tools.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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