|Item Weight||141 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||41.5 x 18.5 x 14.7 inches|
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|Item model number||708901|
JET 708901 JWBS-12OS 12-Inch 1/2-Horsepower Open Stand Woodworking Band Saw with Guide Blocks, 115-Volt 1-Phase
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- 12-inch open stand woodworking band saw with guide blocks; 82-inch blade length
- 1/2-horsepower; enclosed, fan-cooled motor; V-drive belt; tilting table
- Adjustable cast-iron table and steel stand
- Includes saw, stand
- 63 by 25 by 23 inches; 124 pounds; 2-year warranty
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After assembling the saw I went through all the usual checks of tensions and such and found that everything from the factory was pretty spot-on. I did have to move the guides forward a bit but they would have worked fine as they were.
As far as cutting power goes, the motor hasn't had a problem yet and I have cut through stock that was 4" white oak.
On the downside, the saw didn't come with a fence or miter guage, so those are going to have to be bought afterward, and the 14" saw comes with those included which makes the price only [slightly] more for the saw. The 12" also doesn't have a riser block, which would have been nice.
Overall, this is a very good saw for the money, but if I had to do over I would go with the 14" for the riser block and fence.
I called Jet Customer Service to order the fence for the saw and after a short wait I talked to a women who was very friendly and ordered the part for me. I asked a couple of questions which she new the answers to off the top of her head. She also gave me her name and extension and said that if there where any pieces missing or a problem with the order to call her directly and she would take care of it. The customer service was top notch and I will definitely buy [their product] again.
I should also mention that the blade that comes with the saw is of mediocre quality and has stretched over the last couple of months a bit (I don't loosen the tension between uses). I would definitely recommend getting some timberwolf blades.
My first cuts with the saw were great, and the blade that comes with the saw is a good general purpose blade. The saw has plenty of power for my needs. The saw will even re-saw 6" hard maple, provided you use the APPROPRIATE blade. Invest in Lonnie Bird's "Bandsaw Book". It is a good resource and will help the beginner set-up the saw correctly and choose the right blade for the job.
The bandsaw had some vibration when I first set it up due to the lightweight stand. I put it on a home-made mobile base using 1-1/2" thick MDF and casters. After securing the saw to the mobile base, the vibration wasn't a problem. It may also be that the belt needs a little use to even out.
Power is adequate for most jobs
The fit and finish is good
The manual was easy to understand
Blades are easy to change
Dust collection fits 4"
Cast iron Frame
Some vibration but the problem was solved
Lower guide blocks/bearings hard to get to
Blade tension mechanism could use a bigger handle
Quiet and basically vibration free, it is indeed what I expected.
A couple of points for you to look at though: First, the stand is a little on the light side. You might consider adding a little stiffness (I put a piece of 3/4" MDF on the stand top.) Secondly, the lower blade guide is not very handy. You might want to initially align the bearing and cool blocks before you put the table on. And finally, my saw came with a 1/4" 6TPI blade, a little aggressive. I plan on picking up a 12 or 14 TPI, I'll stick with 1/4" for now.
Over-all, the saw fit my budget and my available floor space, while still capable of doing almost anything I want.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great bandsaw for a great price. I've never had a problem with a jet product yet and I've bought a lot of jet tools.Published on April 28, 2007 by christopher hemming
This is a very nice saw in this price range. I have owned mine now for about a year and am very happy with the stability and smoothness of the unit. Read morePublished on June 3, 2006 by Mr. James
I was not surprised to see the finish of the saw when I took it out of the box. I set it up in no time but reality of a 350 dollar saw set in when I tried to resaw 3/4 in piece of... Read morePublished on September 23, 2005 by T. Vitale
Unit came well packaged. (Styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.) Assembly was easy due to excellent manual. Fit and finish is excellent. Read morePublished on September 14, 2005 by Dennis Bratonia
Rather than just duplicate the praise and helpful points already made by others (which I agree with), I kept my review focused on information I did not see covered. Read morePublished on August 24, 2005 by K. Martin
In the woodworking world, the hobbyist is often out of luck when it comes to power tools. You can buy a 10" band saw at Lowes for $100, and its suffices for small jobs and cutting... Read morePublished on June 27, 2005 by Michael Wasson
I recently ordered this bandsaw from Amazon (Tool Crib) for use in my growing collection of woodworking tools. Read morePublished on January 18, 2005 by Doug Alexander
First band saw for me. Very nice fit and finish, easy to adjust. Plenty of power with no noticable vibration. Read morePublished on July 8, 2004 by D Fisher
Recieved the saw in good condition. Set up was a breeze. My second Jet tool and I like what I see. Fit and finish is excellent. Saws like a dream. I will look at Jet again.Published on March 13, 2004 by G. R. Grove