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Forum topic by TimCoxRox posted 12-28-2012 04:59 PM 733 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TimCoxRox

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12-28-2012 04:59 PM

I need some advice, and apologize I don’t have more post under my belt I just feel my projects aren’t up to par just yet. There is a 2006 JWBS 18x for 1000$ in my area. I been looking for a long time and these seems like a good deal. The pictures show that its been indoors taken care of no rust. Going to check it out to tonight. In today’s market 1000$ for an 18 seems good? Thoughts??


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toolie

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 05:21 PM

i recently sold an 18” jet BS (JWBS-18). best move i ever made. replaced it with a CL rikon 10-340 for $50 LESS than i got for the jet and the rikon is 4 times the saw the jet would like to be. save your money on that overpriced POS. jet and powermatic aren’t what they used to be. their products, and the company behind them, are decidedly second rate (but at premium prices) and appeal primarily to know nothing wanna be woodworking tool snobs with no idea of value when it comes to WW machinery.

if you’ve got $1000 to spend on a BS, look at the rikon 10-325. more rip capacity than the jet you’re considering and it’s backed by a company that walter meier (parent of jet), in their dreams, would never equal. too bad, really. the rikon 10-345 just came off a $500 price reduction and it’s a FAR better saw than a comparable jet.

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

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TimCoxRox

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 06:04 PM

I’m definitely a know nothing wanna be woodworker, but I’m not a tool snob. I currently only own bench top models of most tools. I just want the best deal for my money. Pretty much the only reason I want a band saw is for resawing. I missed the 700$ promotion on the 10-325. But I also played around with the fence on the 10-325 and wasn’t really impressed. But I have no experience with the JWBS 18x. I just can’t bring my self to pay 1000$ for the 10-325 when it was 700$ a month ago. :(

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 03:07 AM

Tim- You might look at the 17” Extreme Series Grizzly. I’ve had mine for several years and I resaw a lot of really hard woods from short logs.Whatever you choose, get a good quality resaw blade or you will be disappointed. The advantages to the Extreme Series is that it includes a lot of features that others charge extra for: cast iron wheels and trunions, resaw fence, etc.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Cole Tallerman

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 06:19 AM

I use that saw all the time at my community service and hate it. Spend your money on a grizz or rikon. it has so few features and is poorly designed.

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toolie

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 04:41 PM

timcoxrox…....... if you’re not a tool snob, the jet in’t for you. i’d contact woodcraft. there is a thread here on LJ about a poster who contacted WC after the sale and was able to get the sale price and i think free shipping (probably to the store), but no $100 gift card. still, he got a good deal. also, that referenced 17” grizz looks to be a well equipped saw, and griz has a great reputation for CS and tech support. i’d just hate to see a new woodworker fall for all that jet hype about how above average their tools are when they are actually average to below average at best, yet attempt to command premium pricing.

and just to be specific, i believe the 10-325 was reduced from $950 to $799, not $700 (a $100 gift card that could not be applied to the 10-325 purchase was included for the purchase of other items).

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

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TimCoxRox

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 06:07 AM

Against all the advice I bought the used Jet JWBS 18X. Talked the guy down to $800 and he gave me all of his blades. A few new ones included. Got it all set up with a fresh Timberwolf 137” 3TPI blade. I still have some fine tuning to do but changing blades wasn’t half as hard as many reviews made it out to be. My only other band saw I’ve ever used is barely the same size as an 18’ wheel and I was able to easily install a new blade. OK I really appreciate everyone’s input. Believe it or not I did listen to all the advice which resulted in 2 really late nights doing additional research to decide which features I felt were more important than others. Thank you all. I will do a full review after of a couple weeks of use.

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 08:18 AM

Congrads on your new used bandsaw. I hope you enjoy it!

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toolie

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#8 posted 12-31-2012 02:15 PM

wow. a jet AND timberwolf blades. IMHO, talk about the worst of both worlds. when i replaced my jet with a rikon 10-340, i got 3 timberwolf blades with it. i immediately threw them in the metal recyling bin and got lennonx blades from iturra.

but, believe it or not, i sincerely hope the OP has a much better jet experience than i did. $800 for a used BS is a considerable expenditure and one that should result is a pleasant experience, rather than the absolutely unpleasant experience i had with my saw and the jet company.

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

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TimCoxRox

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 08:46 PM

Toolie, What kind of issues did you run into with the band saw itself? What model? I wont be dealing with the company as I bought this saw used if something were to break I would just replace it and move on. So far I can tell you that I will be switching to a different blade immediately, but that’s another conversation.

I’m curious what are some of the issues other woodworkers have come across so I can be on the look out when dealing with a JET product.

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#10 posted 01-01-2013 04:38 AM

Jwbs 18. The frame flexed when tensioning 3/4” blades leading to excessive vibration. Also, it only resawed 10” and it’s components weren’t nearly as beefy as a comparable rikon saw. And jet tech support re any questions was absolutely useless. My saw took a huge amount of effort to facilitate performance that roughly approximated much lesser saws.

The bests way to deal with a jet product is to not own it in the first place or sell it if you do own it.

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

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TimCoxRox

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#11 posted 09-11-2014 01:37 AM

Well how about a little update or for anyone interested. Its been over a year and a half and so far I cannot complain about the band saw much at all. I switched out the blade to a brand I can’t even remember and only just now am I getting ready to change it out for a new one. I have resawn several logs now with pretty good results. Mostly Walnut but some cedar and cherry as well. Dust collection is pretty much none existent in this saw but I’ve gotten used to it at this point. My only real complaint is the blade insert. The saw came with a few plastic drop ins which just don’t ever want to stay put while resawing. After reading multiple articles on LJ and other sites I was able to fine tune all my bearings and the saw cuts true and tracks very well when free handing projects. I enjoy the large working surface. I keep my table set perpendicular to the floor and it has never moved on me. If I knew then what I know now I wouldn’t have paid that much. Its definitely a cash buyers market when it comes to used power tools.

I recently just purchased a PM66 with lots of extra goodies. Just started another thread looking to crowd source a little bit of assistance. Thanks all. Have a good one.

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 09-11-2014 01:45 AM

Glad it worked out bud.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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