Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PBS Finally the one I want.
After research on a number of saws I opted for the Jet product. The basis for my selection was due to the positive recommendations of other woodworkers experience with this product. The quality and affordable price were huge issues as my shop is rather small and I desired quality in a compact size. This saw fills that need remarkably well.
October 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Walt Great product for the price
Great saw for the price. Easy to assemble. I was able to assemble by myself. The only regret that I have is that I didn't go with the solid base option. The open base is not as sturdy as I would like the saw to be. Other then that, great product for the price.
July 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lilrabbit Well packaged, great service from the shipping company, and great saw
Saw arrived very quickly and the local trucking company called me a day early to ask me if they should deliver it to me out in the boonies, or hold it on their dock so I could pick it up. I chose to pick it up myself. The saw was packed in a styrofoam clamshell, inside a 3 ply cardboard box, shrinkwrapped down to a well made pallet that fit perfectly between the wheel wells of my little truck.
At home, my twelve-year old helped me unpack the saw and did most of the assembly. It took both of us to get the saw up on the stand. I installed the trunnions and the guide block assemblies. Assembly was straightforward. The only complaint is that the parts for the stand are distributed between the top and bottom clamshells and you have to remove the entire saw from the packaging before you can assemble the stand. It would have been nice to be able to assemble the stand first, then remove the rest of the saw from the packaging and place it directly on the stand.
I also ordered a JRB 14 riser block (you'll have to shop around, HD doesn't carry it), which gives this saw an extra 6" of resaw capacity (requiring a 105" blade however) and this is easily installed. I install the riser block when I need the added resaw capacity, but this is rare in my shop, so mostly I run the saw in it's factory configuration, using the 93-1/2" blades I have accumulated over the years. The truth is that 105" blades are more expensive and harder to find, and since installing the riser block and changing out the blade are both easy jobs, I don't much mind using the saw in it's smaller capacity mode.
The stock blade is serviceable for general roughing of lathe blanks, cabriole legs, and gentle curves. I did burn it up trying to resaw 300 linear feet of 6" barnwood, but it did well on the first 295 feet, failing only because I was hurrying to finish, was feeding the stock too quickly, and neglected to give the blade time to cool between cuts. Go slow, let the blade cool, and stop for a breather every once in a while. Remember that it is not a 36" ship saw. Pace your work and the saw will reward you. Over do it and the saw will let you down.
With a good Woodslicer or Timberwolf blade however, this saw is a resawing demon. With a careful operator and a 1/2" Woodslicer 3TPI thin kerf blade, I can get 8" wide slices of hardwood veneers that are ready for glue up.
In general, I'd say that for a saw at the bottom of the 14" bandsaw price range, this one is remarkably well made and I see no reason why it won't outlive me and end up in my kid, or grandkid's shop some day.
September 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oldguy76 Very good bandsaw
Easy to assemble but needed a neighbor to help put it on the stand. Set up was very straightforward and everything needed was there.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woody78 Best saw ever
I could see this saw was a great choice out of the box. The saw is not noisy, Easy to set up, And comes w/ a blade.
January 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RandyMackens Well Built and Sturdy
I had a JET bandsaw for many years and decided on this one as a replacement. The item out of the box is very sturdy and stable. Some of the lower end bandsaws are made with too many cost reductions that jeopardize integrity. This is a solid well performing machine
January 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RandyMackens Great
Great band saw for the price. Very smooth operation. Real sturdy. Great machine. Good brand
February 6, 2013