Old grizzly 16" vs. new Jet 14" band saws

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01-26-2021 12:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw grizzly jet

Hey gang,

I’m upgrading my band saw game and have a couple of used options available at a decent price. I would be most appreciative of any feedback on what might be the better buy.
The 14” jet weighs about half as much but has a few newer features, is near new and is 12” vertical clearance. The grizzly is older, but some of the older stuff is better, it has an additional speed, an additional .5 HP and the heavyweight will keep it solid. I will lose about 4” of cutting height but my jointer is 8” so I may not be losing that much by not being able to matchbook a 12” board.

The first is Grizzly G1073 16” Bandsaw at $600
It is a 95 – 96 model I believe but is in good shape with new bands and the fence. Missing the sled, but that’s not a big deal for me.

One-piece cast iron body
Balanced cast iron wheels with rubber tires
Hinged wheel covers
Micro-adjustable blade guides (upper & lower)
Heavy-duty stand to prevent vibration
2 H.P., 110V / 220V motor prewired for 220V
Wheel brush removes sawdust from wheel
Dust collection port fits most home shop vacuums
Fully adjustable upper wheel
Heavy-duty rip fence
Cast iron table
3 blade speeds
Easy blade changes
Maximum cutting width: 16-1/2”
Maximum cutting height: 7-3/4”
Table tilt: 45° right, 10° left
Table size: 17” x 17”
Blade length: 113”
Blade width: 1/4” to 1”
3 blade speeds: 2275, 2720, 3265 F.P.M.
Upper and lower ball bearing blade support
Overall height: 72”
All ball-bearing construction
Comes with one 1/2” blade
Working weight: 408 lbs.
Motor type: 2 H.P.

The next is a 2019 or 2020 Jet jwbs-14dxpro Bandsaw for $700 “the pro model” the lesser model has way less clearance vertically.

Built-in 12” resaw capacity for cutting larger pieces of wood
2 Speed poly-v belt drive system
Newly designed upper and lower cast iron frame for increased strength and rigidity
Easy to view blade tracking window
Blade guide post with rack and pinion adjustment
Upper and lower ball bearing guides reduce friction for longer blade life
Quick release blade tension for convenience
New enclosed stand with storage shelf and easy access door
Built-in retractable blade guard moves up and down from 0-12” resaw
New high tension spring design allows for greater blade tensioning
Length: 29”
Part Number: 710116K
Jet Bandsaw Cutting Capacity Width: 13-1/2”
Jet Bandsaw Cutting Capacity Height: 12”
Minimum Saw Blade Width: 1/8”
Maximum Saw Blade Width: 3/4”
Blade Speed: 1500/3000 SFPM
Blade Length: 105”
Table Dimension (LxW): 15” X 15”
Table Tilt: 10° left, 45° right
Table Height From Floor: 43-1/2”
Dust Port Outer Diameter: 4”
Dust Collection Minimum CFM: 300 cu.ft/min
Stand Type: Closed
Wheel Diameter: 14”
Jet Bandsaw Motor: 1-1/4 HP, 1 Ph, 115/230 V
Prewired Voltage: 115 V
Height: 77”
Width: 28”
Length: 29”
Net Weight: 247 lbs
Shipping weight 260 lb.

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#1 posted 01-26-2021 02:14 PM

Cast iron wheels are better than aluminum, so is a bigger table.

But for some people, resaw depth is the most important factor.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 01-26-2021 08:42 PM

I have the 16” old Grizzly I’ve had it for about 20 years, it’s a great saw. A little low on resawing capacity but a nice heavy and solid machine. I also have an 18” Ricon with a 12” resaw capacity

-- Ken

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#3 posted 01-26-2021 09:08 PM

Based on what you have said about your needs. Does not sound like you need a tall resaw ability.
I would go with the grizzly.
You mention it has the fence, but missing the sled. What is a sled?

To start, I have some experience with the Jet saw. A bit older, but same design, and motor HP.
At 1.25hp. That saw is under powered for its rated resaw capacity.
But I feel it was ok with thinner stock.
The Grizzly won’t do tall resaw, but the 2hp motor will handle anything you throw at it all the way up to its max 7.75’ clearance.
I base that off my grizzly GO513×2. it has a 2hp motor as well, and has no issue with thick stock.
So I feel, just my .2 cents. If you don’t need the tall clearance the Grizzly is just more saw. and its a rock.
So I went a read what I could find on it. Old article on fine wood working sort of stuff. and it seemed to have favorable reviews. One comment about not bothering with a blade above 3/4” wide.
Other reading, and more info was on what this used Grizzly has sold for in the past.
Seems $600 is a little high.
Seems the high number I see and most recent was in 2016, on this linked auction site at $467.
And it was an open stand model.
Not sure about open or closed base on the others. But older post, like 2006 old. But guys were asking the same questions as you. Is it worth buying? And they were looking at $300/$400 asking prices.
So is it worth $600 in 2021? Maybe a negotiating tool with past prices being lower?

Not sure if you have seen this yet, but Grizzly still has the manual on the site.

Good luck.

-- John

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#4 posted 01-26-2021 09:36 PM

The bigger and heavier the better. Next is the ease of guide adjustment is what matters. I looked at Griz, Jet, Laguna, Rikon and Harvey. I bought a Harvey C14 ( 14 inch, 3 HP) I was NOT impressed with Jet.

For many big old heavy machines, you can buy Carter guides. So big iron, heavy iron wheels, and retrofit guides. I am coming to the viewpoint that we should buy woodworking machines by weight. I would not even dream of aluminum wheels.

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