Band saw: Grizzly 17″ or Jet 14″ (sale ending)
Bottom line: If you had a thousand dollars to spend on a new band saw would you buy the Grizzly 17″ G0513ANV or the Jet JWBS14-SFX?
Both are currently on sale at right around a thousand dollars. The grizzly sale ends 8/17, so I have 4 days to make a decision with 20 year implications! I’ve read what I could find online but it seems that the Grizzly has undergone some changes in the last year or two…which includes a paint job looks like an arcade hunting game.
Uses: My table saw is inadequate for what i have been using it for. Its a fine job-site model 15v duwalt that has the advantage of a very small foot print when it is folded – this allows my wife to park her car in the 1.5 space garage even with everything else in my shop. It is too light and unstable to process large or heavy stock safely – although I have done so without catastrophe…so far.
I want a band saw that can do most of the work of the table saw and more safely while also letting me cut some tapers and curves and all the other awesome band saw cuts.
The Grizzly is larger, heavier, it has a slightly more powerful motor. The fence looks cheap and its not wired for a standard electrical outlet.
The Jet has a higher base price but actually costs less after sale and free freight. Am I cheating myself out of the power and blade capacity if I buy the Jet. Or am I getting a really nice machine suitable for making coffee tables, chests of drawers, etc that is also is of a higher quality in design and material?