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Forum topic by Steve_O posted 01-30-2019 11:18 PM 526 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2019 11:18 PM

I recently scored a shop full of machines, old guy moved… new owners wanted everything out.
I got what I thought was an almost brand new Jet JWBS-18 band saw. The guy had boxes of tooling and all his manuals and receipts. I look in the Jet manual and i see a receipt for it dated 1999 . Thing looks brand new.
When i google this model Jet, the new model comes up. Looks very similar except the guide wheels look a little different. Anything I should be aware of , like things they upgraded or fixed in this model since 1999 ?

I’ve always enjoyed building things in wood but up til now all i ever had was a table saw, sliding miter saw, hand tools, router. Never had a band saw. I did watch Alex Snodgrass’s video on band saw setup.

Thanks in advance !

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-- Build things in wood and metal...when i'm not at my day job


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#1 posted 01-30-2019 11:39 PM

GRATZ on this beautiful saw :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 01-31-2019 12:18 AM

Thanks again Tony !

-- Build things in wood and metal...when i'm not at my day job

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#3 posted 01-31-2019 10:27 PM

Anyone have this saw (1999 JWBS 18) model ?
Anything I should be aware of , like things they upgraded or fixed in this model since 1999 ?
Anyone ???

-- Build things in wood and metal...when i'm not at my day job

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#4 posted 02-01-2019 12:28 AM

well since you asked. there was a recall,, cautioning owners ,Do not use due to excessive blade whip cutting off fingers.,,so I will take it off your hands for you, and even give you a craftsman 12 inch band saw for your troubles.. lol..

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#5 posted 02-01-2019 12:32 PM

That is VERY helpful. Thanks so much for sharing that. Now I have a better idea of where I’m at with this saw. And you ever did it with a twist of humor.
Sooo funny …like a fart in church.

-- Build things in wood and metal...when i'm not at my day job

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#6 posted 02-02-2019 01:36 AM

all jokes aside ,thats a really nice band saw, I would rather have the jet you purchased than a new one. your band saw was made when quality wasn’t removed for profit.

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#7 posted 02-02-2019 12:53 PM


all jokes aside ,thats a really nice band saw, I would rather have the jet you purchased than a new one. your band saw was made when quality wasn t removed for profit.

- ruger

For the record, that model BS, which I spent several months with and couldn’t wait to sell, had a reputation for spine flexing when tensioned. That’s why the successor saws have triangular spines. Here’s hoping you got a good deal on it ( I got mine for $40 from a divorced WW clearing out his shop) and that you don’t need any tech assistance from Jet as my experience with them regarding their older tools is not good. I replaced it with a pre-owned Rikon 10-340 and never looked back.

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

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#8 posted 02-02-2019 01:03 PM

I have the 16” version of that saw and works well for me. I use it for resaw mostly.

It is a pain in the backside to adjust lower guides but work ok. I have no real complaints as it runs well. I have replaced the tires one time but that is the only maintenance that it has needed.

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#9 posted 02-02-2019 01:39 PM

For the record, that model BS, which I spent several months with and couldn t wait to sell, had a reputation for spine flexing when tensioned. That s why the successor saws have triangular spines. Here s hoping you got a good deal on it ( I got mine for $40 from a divorced WW clearing out his shop) and that you don t need any tech assistance from Jet as my experience with them regarding their older tools is not good. I replaced it with a pre-owned Rikon 10-340 and never looked back.

- toolie


Thanks for all the replies. This is the kind of input I’m looking for. And yes, I got a good deal.
I paid ZERO for this saw and everything else in the shop, all either almost new or VG cond… a g1026 shaper, g1021 table saw, g1021 planer, Rbi 220VS Scroll saw, dust collector, radial arm saw and mill, traded mill to guys that moved everything for me.

-- Build things in wood and metal...when i'm not at my day job

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#10 posted 02-02-2019 04:00 PM

Great. Glad it was an excellent deal. Try the saw out. Maybe yours will work well for you. I hope it does. Get a good blade from Iturra Design. He knows more about band saws than most experts have forgotten. Don’t waste time on run of the mill blades like Timberwolfs. There’s a reason they sell 4 for the price of 3 and it’s not because they love woodworkers. I had a succession of Twolf blades that all had misaligned welds.

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

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#11 posted 02-02-2019 04:07 PM


Sooo funny …like a fart in church.

- Steve_O


NOT FUNNY on wooden pews :<((((((((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 02-03-2019 11:32 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input !

-- Build things in wood and metal...when i'm not at my day job

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