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12-02-2013 01:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw jet rikon grizzly

Any experience with the Jet JWBS-18QT-3? I’ve been looking at the Rikon 10-345 and the Griz G0514X2 (or X2B) but now see the jet on sale for about the same price. Any comments or advice?


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#1 posted 12-02-2013 03:34 PM

No personal experience with the Jet, but I do have the Grizzly G0514XF (foot brake option) and I like the saw. Before I bought it I researched the Jet products and they appear to be basically identical to Grizzly with the exception of paint color. Jet charges a premium for their name as well.

Try doing a Google search for reviews on the saw you are looking at. There may be some out there.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 04:18 PM

I had a Grizzly 18” BS. Would not go & stay into alignment. Had a professional come to help, his comment was he would never be able to make it work.

It has a new home.

I now have a Laguna that is a dream come true.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 06:35 PM

Quote: “I had a Grizzly 18” BS. Would not go & stay into alignment. Had a professional come to help, his comment was he would never be able to make it work.”

Sorry to hear your troubles but brand bashing is not what the OP asked about. Since the Grizzly band saws have multiple alignment adjustments for the wheels, I suspect that the problem was fundamentally adjustment error.

Let us know what you like about the Laguna saw….

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 06:57 PM

It’s really a question of luck. You could buy and get a good machine or a bad machine. They will vary all over the place. One bought today may not behave the same as one bought last year. You might consider that no two machines from the same manufacturer with concurrent serial numbers will ever be “identical”. One may be great and the next one a lemon. For every good review of a machine, there will always be negative reviews. No two people will agree 100%, which makes it difficult to make an informed choice. The bottom line is; you pay your money and take your chances. Generally, the more you pay the better it will be, but that is not always the case. The percentages go up for high end machines to be more reliable and have less defects. I would not knock any tool, especially one I haven’t personally owned. Life is tough. The same care in which you buy a car or a house needs to be applied to everything you buy and that ain’t easy.

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 08:42 PM

Goodluck on your purchase! Irrespective of the brand, “must” things to consider are depth of cut, throat, size of the motor, and accessories.

-- "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 12-02-2013 09:02 PM

What I said before about the X2B :-)

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