Jet 14" Bandsaw Deal?

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Forum topic by Obie posted 12-13-2014 09:46 AM 1668 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2014 09:46 AM

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I’ve been wanting a bandsaw for a while and should have bought one long ago…

Local Craigslist sale of a Jet 14” JWBS-14CS stock# 708705 (older blue model) with mobile base.
Doesn’t appear to have a fence or the riser that adds to the cutting height (if that is even an option on this one).

I’ve seen these go for at least $400 used. Can I pass it up at $250??

Mobile bases seem to be worth at least $75. Maybe not the best bandsaw brand but what I’ve read is that it is good enough. We can speculate on what condition it may be in but it’s claimed to be in good condition, it looks like it’s been kept well, and I will of course ask to see it run before handing over cash.

I know everyone likes the Grizzly but that one is definitely not an option for a while…
Maybe I could even get a little use out of this one and flip it for $100 – $150 more and get closer to that Grizzly.

-- "Measure Once, Curse Twice"

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 12:32 PM

Price seems to be good. Jet is a good band saw. Riser kits are available if you decide you want one. Fences are available also.

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 12:47 PM

Three yrs ago I bought a Jet 14”. I think it was about 10 yrs old at the time. I have had absolutely no problems. I paid $350 for mine with a mobile base, and carter guides. It was a great investment. You can get a riser block, and Carter makes a first rate fence. Therre aren’t a whole lot of differences in design between the new ones and the older models, so the old ones can really be dessed up with aftermarket improvements. If it runs smoothly, I’d take the chance. The difference between nbot having a band saw and having a band saw if far greater than the difference between a great bandsaw and a mediocre one.

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 12:50 PM

That’s a pretty fair price assuming good motor and flat table. It looks like almost all the parts still look to be available at so that’s a real plus for an older unit. I have a similar base under my 17” Delta drill press—rock solid. Coincidentally there is a Powermatic riser block kit posted for sale on this morning for $50 + half of shipping—different color but that is a great price (the Harbor Freight or Grizzly kit should fit as well).

I’d want to go see it ready to buy—and pretty quick. The ad didn’t say “won’t last long at this price”, but for once it should have.

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 12:48 AM

Thanks for all the info, everyone. I contacted the seller and I’m just waiting for a response. Hope I snag it before anyone else.

-- "Measure Once, Curse Twice"

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#6 posted 12-22-2014 05:18 PM

That should be fine. The price seems reasonable as long the band saw runs smoothly and you don’t need to worry with minor / major damages on some parts of it. Do you have any updates?

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#7 posted 12-26-2014 02:41 PM

After a week of waiting for a reply, the ad was deleted. <sad>
I really appreciate all the helpful replies. Love the community here on LJ.

I’m on the hunt for another one!

-- "Measure Once, Curse Twice"

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