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Forum topic by bluekingfisher posted 12-07-2010 09:47 PM 2326 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2010 09:47 PM

Good evening gents,

I’ve just been perusing some of the woodshops of the jocks on the site and in particular the tools, specifically looking at which machines seem to be the most popular in your shops. Rigid, Delta and Jet seem to be the favourites. This is ggod news to me as I am in the market for a new bandsaw and thicknesser (planer). Although we don’t have many of the same brand names here in the UK as you chaps in the US do I am looking at the Jet JWBS-18 Bandsaw and the Jet JPM-13 planer.

I’ve only just got my woodshop up and running, infact it’s not actually running just yet as I’ve just built it and bought some new (second hand Jet machines) and still in the process of figuring out where everthing is going to go. However with the little time I have spent working with them they have proved to be a pleasure to operate.

As I am looking to buy both the bandsaw and planer new (therefore a bit more cash at risk) i was hoping perhaps you fellahs could give me some feedback on the machines.

Is Jet generally a good choice of machine.

Thanks guys


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#1 posted 12-07-2010 10:17 PM

David—Jet is neither the best nor the worst. I have viewed them as an affordable alternative.

Three of my major tools (table saw, band saw, and mortiser) are Jet, and I am very happy with them.

I should point out, however, that the shop I bought them from is extremely responsive when it comes to customer service, and though I have never had a major problem, it gives my great comfort to know that service and parts are right down the road.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 10:25 PM

I own the Jet 14 Bandsaw with the enclosed base. If I had to complain about anything it is that the bearings on the guide blocks were pretty much junk. After changing out the guides for the Roller bearing guides I have now I have no complaints at all. Just invest in quality blades not the OEM junk they come with.

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 10:37 PM

I have the Jet TS, BS, & DC, and have been quite satisfied with them. Nothing against the Jet planer, but if you can get a DeWalt 735, you couldn’t go wrong.

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 10:56 PM

Footnote … I did add Carter’s Quick Release to my band saw and would strongly recommend it. Haven’t had problem with the guides, but the dealer I bought the saw from threw in an extra set of Cool Blocks … maybe they know something I am about to learn?


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 11:10 PM

Dewalt 735 planer is excellent.

Jet 14” bandsaw is just fine for cutting curves. Have not had great luck with resawing using Delta 1/2” 3 tpi blades. I am tempted to try the Lenox carbide tipped bandsaw blades. I think what a difference Freud carbide blades made for my tablesaw, and I would love to get that kind of performance from my bandsaw.

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 01:02 AM

I do not have the Jet machines you are asking about but most of my equipment is Jet. I have had them for a year now and have not had any problems with them. I am very pleased with their products. You can look at my shop or look at my tool reviews. It might give you some input as far as Jet tools in general. Good luck.

God Bless

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 01:15 AM

I have a Jet 12 inch disc sander and I “LOVE” it – we have a huge 16 inch disc sander at work and when I was laid off during the summer I missed having access to so much I bought the Jet. I can honestly say that if it threw cr$ps tomorrow Id buy another Jet in a hearbeat !!!!

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 01:30 AM

Like Gerry above, I have a Jet table saw, band saw and mortising machine. I purchased all of these machines some time ago when they seemed to be the featured brand at the tool store I liked. They have all been reasonably good, dependable machines. I’m not a fan of the mortising machine but I like the table saw and I really like the band saw.

As an FYI, my bandsaw is the JWBS-18X like you are considering. It’s an exceptionally good resawing bandsaw and, with a more narrow blade, it can also do other bandsaw tasks well. However, I do complain that changing the blade is more difficult than I like.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 11:48 AM

Many many thanks fellahs, I appreciate all your input. As mentioned, I have a couple of the Jet machines already, albeit for not very long but I was hoping what I have purchased and about to purchase got decent reviews from you guys.

After all, I am only a hobbist so the machines wil not be be thrashed to death day in day out but would still expect to get reasonable results and dependability

I feel quite happy now about spending the cash on machines which I can rely upon.

Good luck all.


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#10 posted 12-09-2010 03:30 AM

David, while you are welcome here, you might also want to check
they have a separate forum for tool reviews ( which I have checked since a lot of tools are very similar on both sides of the water ) and also woodworking forums.

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#11 posted 12-09-2010 11:00 AM

Thanks Barry, already a member of that forum too, just always nicer to get the views from different perspectives.

Good luck


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#12 posted 12-09-2010 04:42 PM

Another Jet fan here, take a look at my shop pics to see what I have.

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#13 posted 12-09-2010 04:52 PM

Great to see a Jet fan Snowdog, but what happened….You bought a delta drill press lol was it just for the extended table??

I was just perusing a Jet tool dealer online when your post came through, lots of nice tools on there, I’ve got a real desire to raid the piggy bank and buy more than I will probably need (not really a good idea)

What do you think of the thicknesser you have snowdog, I am seriously looking at buying one, also the 18” Jet bandsaw, I see you have one, is yours the 3HP version? what do you think of it.



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