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JWBS-14SF 14-in. Bandsaw

Jet - JWBS-14SF 14-in. Bandsaw

Can resaw boards up to 13-1/2 in. wide

$1600 (As of 2/5/2014)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: 14-in. Bandsaws

by Roland Johnson

review date: February 5, 2014

From FWW #244 (Tool Guide 2015):

Street price: $1600
Motor (HP): 1-3/4 in.
Resaw capacity: 13-1/2 in.
Ease of blade changes: Very good
Ease of guide adjustments: Excellent
Guide-post alignment: Good
Guide-post rigidity: Good
Dust collection: Very good
Fence: Excellent
Resaw cuts: Good
Curve cuts: Good

Has a great two-position fence with an etched scale and micro-adjust knob.

From FWW #239 (March/April 2014):

With its massive resaw capacity and well-designed fence, Jet’s new 14-in. bandsaw is impressive. The bandsaw can resaw boards up to 13-1/2 in. wide, the largest capacity of any 14-in. bandsaw on the market. The saw’s fence is just as impressive. It has a micro-adjust feature that allows very accurate placement with the twist of a knob, and the fence rail has a deeply etched scale that’s accurate and easy to read. The fence’s aluminum face can be quickly switched between two different configurations: The high position provides support for resawing, while the low position allows the guides to drop to within 1/2 in. of the table surface for sawing thin material. Its 1-3/4-hp motor (wired for 115 volts, but can be rewired for 230 volts) will handle the majority of sawing that you’d ask it to do, but if you plan to resaw at its capacity, you’ll need to slow down the feed rate. The 21-1/2-in. by 16-in. cast-iron table has one of the largest round throats I’ve seen, making it easy to install and remove wide blades. The anodized aluminum throat plate has three set screws to level it with the surrounding tabletop. The guide post is very stiff, with a rack-andpinion system for height adjustments. Adjusting the roller-blade guides is a tool-free breeze and the guides hold their settings accurately. A quick-release lever for blade tension speeds up blade changes and a window in the upper wheel house makes it easy to track the blade. There are two 4-in. dust ports. The one below the lower guides pulls most of the fine dust, and the one at the bottom of the saw helps catch the rest. A crank-operated, rack-and-pinion system adjusts table tilt. When set to 90°, the table didn’t move. But when angled for bevel cuts, it shifted slightly under pressure. Fortunately, bevel cuts aren’t common on a bandsaw, so the problem isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker. But if Jet corrected this problem, they’d have a great bandsaw.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Jet
Manufacturer's Web Site www.jettools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A
Rip Fence Included N/A
Riser Block Option N/A
Rip Capacity N/A
Table Tilt N/A
Table Size 21-1/2-in. by 16-in. cast-iron table
Horsepower 1-3/4-hp
Amps N/A
Volts wired for 115 volts
Speed N/A
Resaw Capacity boards up to 13-1/2 in. wide

I don't own this saw and have never seen one, but the reviewer is in error, I believe. The Laguna LT14SUV is also a 14" bandsaw but it resaws 14", a half inch more than this Jet, which makes the Laguna the largest capacity of any 14-in. bandsaw on the market. It also has a 3 hp motor, foot brake with switch, the table stays in place when tilted, and the Laguna costs at least $200 less. Having said all this I have to believe this is a good saw and I like Jet products but when a reviewer says 'largest capacity of any 14-in. bandsaw on the market' and it's not, then it's time to make a correction. I'm giving it 4 stars without seeing one simply because Jet is normally a good tool, seldom excellent, though.

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