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flwoodie

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05-23-2013 12:58 PM

I currently have a Craftsman 12” #113.248210 band saw. I just found a local guy selling a JET JWBS-14CS for $240. Does anybody have experience with this saw?
$240 seems to be a damn good price, should I upgrade?


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 01:07 PM

looks like the standard closed stand 14” saw like the rest of them, so parts and accessories would be fairly easy to come by. At 240 it’s definitely worth the upgrade.

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 01:10 PM

absolutely, assuming it’s complete and operates properly (no bad bearings, good blade guides and thrust bearings,etc). but always offer less. you can always pay his asking price.

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

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 01:31 PM

I had a 12” Craftsman BS. It was manufactured in the late 70s. I can’t recall the model #, but I’ll assume it’s similar to yours. Anyway, I recently “upgraded” to a Ridgid 14” BS when I found one on clearance for $175.
In all honesty, I haven’t found the 14” saw to be significantly more capable than the 12”.
If your planning to add a riser block, then the Jet might worth while. Otherwise, I’d stick with the crafty until a significantly bigger/better machine pops up.
Of course, this advice is moot if the Crafty is in rough shape or otherwise is not meeting your expectations. Then a newish “14 saw would make sense and the Jet would represent a better value.

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flwoodie

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 04:16 PM

Well I think JET is a better brand, the saw is much newer, a little heavier duty with the full cabinet as opposed to the legs, and the price is right.

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 04:27 PM

Then you should buy it. It’s certainly a nicer machine at a good price. i’‘m just not sure it’ll deliver night and results over the craftsman.

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 04:42 PM

I have the blue Jet 14” bandsaw, and it is a mid-level unit capable of cutting curves, and resawing up to 6” wide stock. You can get a riser kit for them to allow 12” resaw, but I haven’t needed to do that yet.
Put a sharp 3 tpi hook blade on it (like an Olsen All-Pro), and you are off and running.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Cole Tallerman

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 04:45 PM

That is an awesome deal! Offer $200 and you have an awesome bandsaw for an awesome price. I see those for 4-5 hundred in my area. Even if it has some minor issues (bad bearings, missing throat plate etc…) thats still a great deal.

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flwoodie

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 05:01 PM

“You can get a riser kit for them to allow 12” resaw”

With this unit only being 1 HP, does it have the power for a 12” resaw?

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 05:07 PM

Not really. I talked to a fellow that converted his to a 12” resaw. He said it made all cuts less accurate, and was planning on removing it.

However, I only resaw to make leg veneers which are usually 2-4” wide boards. This saw handles that easily with a sharp blade.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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