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JET JWBS-16B 16-Inch 1-1/2 HP 1Ph 115-Volt Wood Band Saw

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  • Triangular design provides superior column rigidity
  • 10-Inch resaw capacity for cutting large pieces of wood, slicing veneers, cutting book matched panels
  • 17-Inch by 17-Inch cast iron table supports your work material
  • Adjustable rear support for wider-Feet print and more stability
  • Precision computer balanced wheels eliminate vibration for accurate blade tracking
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Technical Details
Part Number 708749B
Item Weight340 pounds
Product Dimensions30.8 x 22 x 71 inches
OriginTaiwan
Item model numberJWBS-16B
ColorN/A
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Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description5 Year
  
Additional Information
ASINB00169W6KQ
Best Sellers Rank #431,477 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight340 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableJanuary 1, 2006
  
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Packed with innovative features, including a rigid triangular frame, European-style blade guides, and a tilting cast-iron table, the Jet JWBS-16B 16-Inch 1-1/2 HP 1Ph 115/230-Volt Wood Band Saw couples precision with stability. The band saw's heavy-duty 1-1/2 HP TEFC motor, together with its innovative triangular column design, delivers the powerful and steady performance you need for a variety of woodworking tasks.


The JET JWBS-16B 16-Inch
Wood Band Saw offers:
  • A 10-inch resaw capacity
  • A table that tilts up to 45 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left
  • Blade guides with micro-adjustable controls
  • A foot brake for rapid stops
  • An ultra-rigid, one-piece steel column for stability




Dependable blade guides help you achieve precision results.


This versatile, modern band saw is well-suited for a variety of woodworking tasks. View larger.


The table tilts up to 45 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left. View larger.


This tool is designed to run true and vibrations free, and it offers easy tension adjustment.
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The Stability of Triangular Column Technology
The Jet JWBS-16B is a versatile, modern band saw well-suited for professional as well as domestic woodworking applications. Its triangular column design--which includes an ultra-rigid, one-piece steel column that runs the full height of the band--both increases the saw's blade-tension resistance and reduces unwanted rotation deflection. Welded with heavy-gauge steel, the column is an exceptionally stable platform for the saw's blade-wheel mounts and drive systems.

For superior versatility, the band saw's ample 10-inch resaw capacity makes it ideal for slicing veneers and cutting large stock and book-matched panels, while its full-sized (3/4 x 3/8-inch) miter slot accommodates most miter gauges and accurately guides shop-made jigs and fixtures.

European-Style Carbide Blade Guides for Precise Control
The band saw's sophisticated blade guides stabilize performance by controlling side-to-side blade play, providing micro-adjustable control and regulating thrust forces. The blade guides are forged from long-lasting carbide and, best of all, require no tools for adjustment.

The band saw features computer-balanced band wheels, which employ a flywheel effect to produce smooth cutting action without vibration, and a large (17 x 17-inch) tilting cast-iron table with knobs that lock securely at any angle. The versatile table tilts up to 45 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left. Plus, the heavy-duty guide post has both rack and pinion adjustment for additional blade support, and the base is pre-drilled with holes for securing your band saw firmly to the floor.

User-Friendly Features for Effortless Blade Adjustment
All the handwheels on the band saw are constructed from high-grade cast iron, meaning blade adjustments are smooth and easy. The handy trunnion scale lets you set specific table angles, while a direct-reading scale lets you select blade tension for widths up to 1-1/4 inch. And the blade-tracking adjustment window eliminates guesswork by providing a direct view to your blade positioning.

For added convenience, a foot brake is provided for making rapid stops, and the included four-inch dust port connects easily to a standard dust collector without requiring adapters, so you enjoy efficient dust cleanup while you work.

The JWBS-16B is backed by a five year warranty.

About JET: A History of Sharing New, Feature-Rich Products
Opened in 1958 after the founder of the company, Leslie P. Sussman, took the first Boeing Jet Airplane trip from Seattle, Washington to Japan, JET began as a small dealer that sold air hoists and trolleys out of a single hardware store in Seattle. Over the years, JET has carried everything from snowmobiles, transmitter radios, and forklifts to nylon stockings, but by the early 1970s, metalworking had become the base of their business line. And by the 1980s, JET had expanded into the realm of woodworking. Today, you'll find that JET offers a wide range of popular woodworking tools that are backed with best-in-class features and excellent service.

What's in the Box
Jet JWBS-16B 16-Inch 1-1/2 HP 1Ph 115/230-Volt Wood Band Saw

Product Description

JWBS-16B 16" Bandsaw 1-1/5HP 1PH 115/230V The one-of-a-kind JWBS-16B 16" band saw with tic has a triangular design that provides superior column rigidity. The triangular column keeps the band saw from flexing as it tackles tough applications. The JWBS-16B is packed with features such as the European style adjustable carbide blade guides, 8-spoke computer balanced band wheels, dual locking cabinet doors, blade tracking adjustment window, and micro-adjustable lower blade guide. Jet tools is committed to being the tool supplier you can depend on for the epitome of quality, innovation and service. Jet tools has worked hard to make this a reality that has been ongoing since they introduced their products more than 50 years ago. Jet 708749B Features: Triangular design provides superior column rigidity 10" resaw capacity for cutting large pieces of wood, slicing veneers, cutting book matched panels 17" x 17" cast iron table supports your work material Rear support for wider footprint and more stability Precision computer balanced wheels eliminate vibration for accurate blade tracking European style adjustable carbide blade guides 8-spoke band wheels computer balanced to spin true without vibration Rigid, heavy-duty guide post with rack and pinion adjustment for extra blade support All cast iron handwheels make smooth, easy blade adjustments with less effort 3/4", 4 tip woodworking blade is included so you can start cutting right away 4" dust port allows for direct connection of dust collection system Direct-reading scale lets you select blade tension for widths up to 1-1/2" Dual locking cabinet doors allow access to blade when necessary Single knob tracking adjustment simplifies the blade tracking process Blade tracking adjustment window lets you view your blade position on the wheel tire Jet 708749B Specifications: Warranty: 5 year Height: 28

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It is a solid piece of equipment capable of precision.
R. Schmidt
The machine has okay quality but takes a fair amount of fussing to keep in adjustment and cutting true.
Jeffrey A. Ambrose
The difference a good blade makes for the saw is like night and day.
Casey Voigt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Schmidt on May 22, 2009
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I'm a retired home woodworker who has been using a 25 year old Craftsman bandsaw and wanted to upgrade. Through circumstances, I got a deal on the Jet 16 inch that I could not refuse and am glad I didn't. I wanted to have the capability to resaw 10 inch boards and this seemed to be a better quality alternative to using an extender on a 14 inch model. I understand that saws using extenders have some flex and that this single piece unit does not. It comes with a 3/4 inch blade that does decent resawing. While I haven't tried 10 inch resawing yet, it did a nice job resawing oak to get 1/4 thick boards for use in boxes. Because of the course blade, the oak needed some jointing and sanding to finish but that is to be expected. I have not tried cutting veneer yet but I think it should do the job.

Some points:

o The carton weighs about 330 pounds and is full size because of the solid frame. You'll definitely need a helper to get it where you want it.

o Putting it together is no big deal. Just clean off the protective gunk on the table, mount the table, base extension, fence and tune it up using standard bandsaw tuneup techniques. This is a one person job.

o This model does not have the speed tension release used on the larger models. You have to turn the wheel to release the blade. This is not a problem for me but if you change blades a lot, you might want to consider the larger models. I have not yet seen an after market speed release for this saw.

o The Euro style blade guides seem to work fine and are definitly better than metal blocks.

All in all, I am well pleased with this saw. It is a solid piece of equipment capable of precision.

UPDATE DEC. 2011 - After 2 years of use, I am quite pleased with this saw.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Kanner on December 26, 2009
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As I started to assemble the band saw I realized the wheels wouldn't turn. I initially thought there was some type of break applied, to them to keep them from turning during shipping, but I didn't see anything obvious holding any of the parts. I had limited time to work on it that evening and I decided I would continue with assembling the table before I stopped and would check out the problem when I could get back and finish working on it. A week later, when I got back to it, I had forgotten about the wheel problem, finished the assembly, and turned it on. Well, the wheels turned, but created an horribly loud noise, immediately reminding me of the problem. At least this time I was able to trace the friction created noise to the cover on the motor where the fan is. I removed it and discovered the housing was bent and was being scraped the fan blades, as they turned. It was evident that the cover had been bent before it was painted. I straightened it out so it no longer touched the blades and the problem was solved. I would think that somewhere along the process of assembling the motor or the saw that there would have been some inspection to see if any of it worked. So far, it now works well, but I am still waiting for the resawing fence to arrive.

Okay, so now it is 3 months later, and I've had a lot more time to use the saw. It has been very nice to use. It cuts smooth, even and is remakably quiet for this size machine. It works equally well with the 1/4 inch blade as the 1" that it comes with. I added a light which helps a lot seeing my line, because the guide is more in my line of sight than with other saws I've used.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Casey Voigt on June 6, 2010
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I bought this bandsaw because it was a really good deal. Set-up was easy. If the saw came with a good blade you could take the saw out of the box, tension the blade with a few turns of the wheel, set the blade guides and start using it. The saw is EXTREMELY quiet. The fence must be ordered separately and its value is acceptable.

The hand-wheels are a bit small and make it annoying to adjust the guide height and blade tension. The blade that comes with the saw is TOTAL junk. I couldn't even re-saw a 4x4 block of walnut. The cut was crooked because the blade couldn't saw through the wood without bending. For now, I am assuming the blade is at fault and I have ordered a really nice Magnate woodsaver re-saw blade. I will update and give another star maybe two if the saw performs better later.

UPDATE:
After installing a new Magnate Woodsaver Re-saw blade the saw works amazingly. The difference a good blade makes for the saw is like night and day. It cuts through 2" of wenge with no problem at all. It almost begs for more.

Another con for this saw is that Jet no longer produces the aftermarket ball-bearing roller blade guides. I tried to order them but it is a discontinued item. The European style blades guides that come with the saw seem to work fine but I wanted the upgrade.

I found this saw for under $1000 with free shipping which ,(after using the saw) is a great value.
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