Jet 14" Bandsaw JWBS-14DXPRO

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.0
out of 5
Brand:
Jet
Model:
JWBS-14DXPRO
Price:
$1,000

Description

Built-in 12" resaw capacity for cutting larger pieces of wood
2 Speed poly-V belt drive system
Newly designed upper and lower cast iron frame for increased strength and rigidity
Easy to view blade tracking window
Blade guide post with rack and pinion adjustment
Upper and lower ball bearing guides reduce friction for longer blade life
Quick release blade tension for convenience
New enclosed stand with storage shelf and easy access door
Built-in retractable blade guard moves up and down from 0-12” resaw
New high tension spring design allows for greater blade tensioning

Height 77"
Width 28"
Length 29"
Net Weight 247 lb
Gross Weight 258 lb
Cutting Capacity Width 13½"
Cutting Capacity Height 12"
Minimum Saw Blade Width 1/8"
Maximum Saw Blade Width ¾"
Blade Speed 1500 / 3000 SFPM
Blade Length 105"
Table Dimension (LxW) 15 X 15"
Table Tilt 10° left, 45° right
Table Height From Floor 43½"
Dust Port Outer Diameter 4"
Dust Collection Minimum CFM 300 cu.ft/min
Stand Type Closed
Wheel Diameter 14"
Motor Power 1¼ HP
Motor Voltage 115 / 230 V
Prewired Voltage 115 V
Motor Phase 1 Ph

WOOD magazine review

12" resaw capacity built in

Review Summary

Pluses:  We could change blades quickly on this saw with its easy-to-set ball-bearing blade guides, and yellow tires on the wheels that make it easier to see the blade through the plastic window when adjusting tracking. The rack-and-pinion guide post makes it easy to adjust the top guides up and down without it crashing to the table. A second set of fence-scale markings helps you position the fence accurately for resawing with the attached pivot.
If you cut brass or aluminum, you’ll like the two speed settings. Minuses:  You have to buy the $100 fence kit separately, and we’d love that 21⁄2"-tall fence to be a few inches taller for better support during resawing. The quick-release blade-tension lever is stiffer than we'd like.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

3

Ease of Use

5

Value

3

Reader Reviews

Good News/Bad News

Review Summary

First the good news: This bandsaw is easy to set up, and it's easy to adjust the blade guides and thrust bearings, and easy to adjust the tracking. The tilting table works very well. I like the quick tension release lever, and I love the 12" resaw capacity. The saw has plenty of power to handle that, too. It sliced through a 12" block of walnut like it was butter. Now the bad news.
When I was trying to crank up the tension for a 3/4" blade, it was so difficult that I broke the tension knob. It turned out that the bushing on the tensioning device was not set correctly at the factory. The instruction manual tells you how to fix that, but wouldn't it be nice if it was right to begin with? Also, though this saw is advertised to accept a 3/4" blade, it really doesn't. I couldn't move the thrust bearings back far enough for the 3/4" blade to track properly. Fortunately, it resaws just fine with a 1/2" blade. And forget Jet's fence and miter gauge that you have to buy separately. Both are pretty useless. And the first fence I got was drilled incorrecty for mounting the resaw pivot. The customer service rep was very helpful and sent out a replacement right away, but again, it would be nice if it was right to begin with. Bottom line: once I got the bugs worked out, this bandsaw works well, and I especially like it's resaw ability. So I'll probably keep it, though I'll junk the fence and miter gauge and get better aftermarket ones for the same price. But if you're in the market for a new bandsaw? I think you can do better.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

My 10 year old band saw

Review Summary

I have did a lot of cutting over the years and it has done well but the lower guide bearing tends to move when pressure is applied when re-sawing. Is is a problem when making to make a straight cut. Other than that it has been a good work horse in my shop

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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