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11-28-2015 03:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question jet

I’ve been watching for a 14” bandsaw on CL and I need help to decide. I’ve called and said I’ll buy it but I want another pair of eyes please. Seller says it’s a JBS-14W but I can’t find anything by that number. Is it a Jet?

I think it’s a fine deal but I don’t know much about Jet bandsaws. It has a Kreg fence so I am assuming it’s a decent saw – whatcha think?

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 04:17 AM

Doesn’t look anything like a jet bandsaw to me. I have a Jet 14 inch with the riser block and the Kreg fence. The fence is nice. Just not convinced that it is a Jet.

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 04:38 AM

The Kreg fence and wheel base are worth >$130 new. If you can see it in person and make sure it operates, I would buy it.


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#3 posted 11-28-2015 04:48 AM

It looks like a porter cable to me, but that is just a guess.

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 04:50 AM

If you look at the pic in the lower left side it sez Tool shop, and not even the paint color of a jet

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 04:53 AM

Looks like a pretty generic asian clone of the Delta… could have been sold by Jet or any number of other names..


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#6 posted 11-28-2015 07:22 AM

If you look at the pic in the lower left side it sez Tool shop, and not even the paint color of a jet

- conifur

Where in which picture? I can’t see any words in the lower left of either picture of the 14” BS. Someone stuck a bunch of dumb stickers on it but I can’t see anything else that isn’t totally blurred out.

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#7 posted 11-28-2015 09:43 AM

I think that is an early Jet JBS-14. Jet quality wasn’t all that great back then. The silver/bluish plate would say Jet. It is a Taiwanese Delta clone. With the fence and if in good shape may be worth the asking price. Hey I found a prior post that features a similar bandsaw.

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#8 posted 11-28-2015 09:54 AM

I believe that is a “Jet Band Saw, Model JBS-14MW” they did have that color. I personally wouldnt give any more than $150 provided everything worked as intended and it ran with no vibrations.

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#9 posted 11-28-2015 10:39 AM

its worth a cnote and not a penny more

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#10 posted 11-28-2015 11:38 AM

I’ve see a couple early Jet bandsaws that looked like that one. But as mentioned, about a dozen distributors sold saws exactly like that one, under several brand names.
The kreg fence sells for $100 by itself. I’d probably go $175 (maybe $200) IF the saw ran smoothly.

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#11 posted 11-28-2015 12:16 PM

The problem with 93 1/2” bandsaws is even the cheap ones tend to hold their value, warts and all. The one thing I was able to sell off at a pretty good margin, (considering I owned it for 12 years), was my generic Asian clone bandsaw. I think it was a Reliant. And it didn’t even have a fence. I even removed the upper ball bearing unit and put the cheap clone guide blocks back on that originally came with it.
I sold it for $225, paid $299 back in 2002.

Considering you are getting a Kreg fence with the deal, I’d think $200 or even $225, or someone will take it from under you. Go get it.

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#12 posted 11-28-2015 12:47 PM

If you’re not over there this morning, it’s probably gone anyway.

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#13 posted 11-28-2015 03:43 PM

If you re not over there this morning, it s probably gone anyway.

“He who hesitates, is lost”

- JoeinGa

I was the first one to call and have set a time to get it and I’ll call today before starting out just to confirm the time with the seller. Yep, stuff seems to go VERY quickly in my area. I had pretty much resigned myself to having to buy new because no good deals last long enough to get there. Seems like there is always some priced from about $350 to $450 that sit on CL for a month. But anything below $200 (usually without a fence) last a day or so.
Lots of people try selling their used harbor freight BS from $250 as well.

This one looks like it’s been taken care of, at least it’s not all covered with rust from the photos.
I know it’s a little roll of the dice buying used. I’m hoping that the fence and mobile base make the odds better that it is a fair deal.

Is there anything in particular I should look for besides seeing it run?

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#14 posted 11-28-2015 05:33 PM

I called to confirm my pickup time and asked specifically if it had any broken parts and seller told me he had to replace the tensioner about 7 months ago and bought the replacement part new from Jet. I have read that the tensioner is one of the parts that tends to break eventually on these. He confirms the saw runs smoothly and so I’m making the drive. If it indeed runs smoothly when I get there then I’ll buy it.

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