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Forum topic by DanP_TX posted 03-31-2014 09:34 PM 957 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2014 09:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I’ve lurked on here for a while but recent power tool issues have spurred my first post.

I recently received my 14” JWBS-14DXPRO bandsaw that I bought during the recent Jet sale. Aside from minor fit and finish issues which I expect, I noticed that there were 4 tapped holes on the upper arm assembly right next to the screws holding the assembly together. They were filled (deep) with an allen screw. A picture follows.

Jet confirmed that these were not standard and were a factory mis-drill. I do not believe that it will hinder performance, but it does bother me to receive a blemished item right out of the box (the arm should have went in the scratch and dent pile). I bought from amazon, so a return/replacement would be easy (other than the pain of dealing with freight shipping/receiving).

Are there any issues that could result from this error? Would this be a dealbreaker to any of you?



-- Dan, Texas

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 09:43 PM

Hmmm. That is a good question. I think it would bother me to no end seeing that there… I am a bit stunned they shipped out factory seconds like that…

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 09:48 PM

Dealbreaker depends on the DEAL…. if it is a scratch and dent sale then fine.

If I paid full price and got something screwed up… I would return it, or demand an additional discount.

Just like I wouldn’t pay sticker price for a Hail damaged car. Sure it drives just fine, but it had the “NEW” beaten out of it by mother nature.

You are right, that performance is not affected, but decide if it will piss you off every time you look at the machine. if so send it back or ask the discount. Send the pic to amazon and see what they want to do for you.

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 10:12 PM

Having trouble figuring out what that pic is..

My Delta BS some 10 years ago had issues as well. I bought the American made unit because I wanted a better fit finish.. I didn’t get it. The pins for the arm were drilled so that it introduced twist and the wheels were not close to lining up. Bought the riser block and it was even worse. They sent me 3 different replacements and some guy that did not work on them to repair it… I wound up giving up, and removing one of the pins then using some grains of sand to provide the friction needed. I also had to ream the hole that held the arm that adjusts how high the support is for the blade. it would travel toward the blade as you lowered it.. I reamed it out oversize, then used brass shims..

I had more to do, but that was just to get the damned thing to work. So you tell me.. I was pissed off by paying more for an American Made POS. See if you can get Jet or Amazon to replace the piece or refund some money.

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 10:17 PM

I agree with Dr. Dirt. If I payed full price it would be on it’s way back. I would also contact Jet customer service again and try and chase it up the chain and see what they are willing to do to keep you as a customer. There are a lot of choices in that price range.

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 10:26 PM

Wouldn’t bother me a bit.
Turn on the saw and start using it. Not worth the trouble for something like that which is only cosmetic.
Not worth my time to worry about it. If it was structural or had the potential to affect the operation then I would worry about it. JMO

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 10:31 PM

The “sale” may have been their way of selling items that had defects that would not allow them to sell at the regular price. It the sale price was good, and the defect is only cosmetic, them it really doesn’t matter. If they are unloading “seconds”, them I think the costumer should be told. I don’t really think the extra holes will hurt anything. In my days as a Tool & Diemaker, I built a large automated assembly machine that had an extra tapped hole that went nowhere, due to a design change. I screwed a grease fitting in it. I bet some guy is still greasing “the fitting to nowhere”. :-)

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#7 posted 03-31-2014 10:34 PM

I purchased a Dewalt Scrollsaw and it was a returned item but the description said it had all parts, like new yada yada yada. When I received it, the box was crushed and 2 screws were missing and there was maybe a scratch or two. The cost of the saw was right around $300 or a bit more. I also bought the stand for it. I called Amazon and they said they would knock off 20%. I did a 2 second math calculations in my head and kept the saw. If they would not have given me that much off I was ready to send it back. The 2 screws were M4 and they hold down a piece that I never use.
I agree, if you got or get a really good deal, the holes may be overlooked, but I would call them anyway.

-- Pie

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#8 posted 03-31-2014 11:19 PM

Thanks for the responses. It was bought new from amazon during the Jet/Powermatic’s nationwide 15% off sale. The price was good for a Jet but not lower than any other. I may have received a Friday machine but it should not have been a second or scratch and dent.

It had a hairline crack in the cast iron table as well and Jet support was exceptional (shipped a replacement immediately along with some touch up paint) for that but glossed over the defect above while admitting the holes didn’t belong there. I didn’t push that issue as I wanted some advice and to think on it.

I plan to stick with the Jet for that support alone but will contact amazon to make it right as the seller be it discount or replacement.

-- Dan, Texas

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#9 posted 04-01-2014 12:23 AM

I’d be a little pissed for sure. But as long as the holes don’t weaken the saw or impede function, I’d probably decide to live with it. But as you say, contacting the seller to ask what they might do for you seems fair to all.

A thought, maybe you could convince Jet or Amazon to send you a couple of blades or an upgraded fence, or something along those lines?

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 12:35 AM

Dan – You would be well within your rights to send it back. Another option is to contact Jet and ask for a replacement upper arm assembly (but only if this would be less of a hassle for you than returning the entire unit for exchange/refund).

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