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Forum topic by FreezFurn posted 06-14-2013 04:04 AM 881 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2013 04:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jet bs band saw manual

Can someone out there please help me find a manual for my recent estate sale find? I just bought a Jet JBS-18 BS made in Taiwan. I want to order a blade for it and learn more about it so a manual would really be helpful to getting it running. Any ideas? The Jet website was not helpful at all. I have only found a few posts about the band saw at all.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9


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#1 posted 06-14-2013 04:27 AM

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 05:59 AM

Thank you for trying, but that is a newer model. Mine is not white, but silver in color. My guess is it was built in the eighties. Here is a picture of it.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 06:18 AM

Are you sure of the model number? That looks like a JWBS-14OS (14 inch) saw, not an 18 inch one.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 01:07 PM

Just checked again. It has 18in wheels and a 2 hp motor. It looks like some Deltas that I have found pictures of online.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 02:23 PM

The Jet website was not helpful at all.

unfortunately, that’s all to common with jet. the older tools were apparently fairly well built, but the newer tools are decidedly average and the support from jet is spotty at best.

you might check with lou iturra @ iturra design. there isn’t a better resource for all things band saw related out there.

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

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#6 posted 06-14-2013 09:29 PM

Try giving Jet a call, the internet is awesome but can’t solve every problem.

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#7 posted 06-15-2013 04:34 AM

Rick, you are so wise! I actually called their technical department today before reading your post, and talked to a human in just a few seconds (a Friday, 30 minutes before closing). Mason from Jet not only emailed the manual to me, but he also gave me some suggestions on where to find blades and guides. If anyone out there needs the manual, then just let me know, as I have nine glorious pages of diagrams now. Thank you to all who gave me feedback. Hopefully, I will have pics posted soon of an operational saw. I have to build a base for it before I pull it out of my truck; this thing weighs 400 lbs! I need to do some wiring in my basement as well.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#8 posted 09-28-2013 07:08 PM

I would like a copy of the manual if still available? I am new to this site any advice on your jbs-18?

Thanks Bob

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#9 posted 09-29-2013 02:47 AM

PM me your email address and I can send you a PDF copy. Or just call Jet and they will email it to you. I am really happy with the saw, especially at the price I paid for it. I am about to post another blog entry. Just let me know if I can be of help.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#10 posted 09-29-2013 05:45 PM

I think I have to have 5 postings before I can pm you. I have found a JBS-18 with 2hp motor. He says it needs tires,maybe a little wire work and a guide bearing said it does run it is a restoration project. I don’t mind this type of work but my concern is it worth the cost or find something already going? He is asking 150.00 for it. I have looked at a new Grizzly?

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#11 posted 10-01-2013 12:51 AM

Sounds just like mine. Here is the link for my blog entries about restoring it.
http://lumberjocks.com/FreezFurn/blog/37185

Tires were found on eBay for $45 from suffer groove tool. Bearings are very inexpensive. What is wire work? Read my blog and I think you’ll have your answer. If you want a 14 inch, then I would just get the Grizzly. If you want a much larger saw, then you might b happy with this Jet. Check for cracks anywhere in the cast iron. If you find any, stay away. Also, be sure to check the wiring carefully before you fire it up. I had some bare ones that I found on accident.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#12 posted 10-01-2013 01:33 AM

Well that doesn’t sound to bad for tires the guide bearing I have no ideal on this is all new to me.Would like to take on the project of furbishing it.He lives a few hours from me I have bought from him before need to look the cast over as you say.So the guide bearings are not that bad in price? I will try and post some pictures he sent me.

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