I have been searching this site for references to steel frame 16 & 18″ bandsaws and have about made up my mind to get the Jet 18″. I’ve noticed that 2 negative subjects keep popping up among owners of this saw: (1) slightly underpowered and (2) lower guide bearings hard to adjust when changing blades.
The power I think I can live with, as it will be a 1/2 HP upgrade from my present bandsaw, and I’m not a production shop and don’t do a whole lot of resawing. But I’m concerned with the possible frustration of fussing with balky blade guide adjusters. Why are they hard to adjust? Is it because of the design, is the lower guide hard to reach with wrenches, is it because the table is low and hard to reach under? Has anyone done any modification (replacing allen screws with thumb screws, etc.) to make it easier? Also has anyone replaced them with another type of more efficient guide?
I’d appreciate any light anyone could shed on this. Thanks. GP