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Powermatic 1791216K Model PWBS-14CS Deluxe 14-Inch 1-3/4-Inch Woodworking Bandsaw with Bearing Guides, Lamp, and Chip Blower, 115/230-Volt 1 Phase

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  • 14-inch band saw; built-in air pump clears chips; fully enclosed motor for longevity
  • 1-1/2-horsepower motor; table tips 45-degrees right and 10-degrees left
  • Solid steel and cast-iron construction for durability; built-in halogen lamp
  • Includes saw, motor, blade, foot brake, work light, rip fence, mitre-gauge, chip blower
  • 15-inch by 15-inch table; 44-inch table height; 20 by 34 by 68 total dimensions; 203-pounds; 1-year warranty
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Product Description

60 watt halogen lamp built into the body, providing direct light on blade and workpiece while cutting. Chip blower ensures a clean, visible cut line. Extra-large, two-piece cast iron table consists of a 15 x 15 tilting. (45 degrees right, 10 degrees left) section and a fixed 15 x 5 extension for a total working surface area of 15x20. Balanced, nine-spoke cast iron wheels run smoothly. Easy-to-read tensioning gauge settings indicated in blade width increments. CARTER quick tension release lever speeds blade changes. Features durable micro-adjustable dual bearing blade guide system above and below the table. Full 6 under-guide capacity with 13-1/2 frame-to-blade clearance. Built in 4 dust port. Poly V-belt maximizes power transmission while minimizing noise and vibration. Frame mounted push-button switch. Rigid one-piece welded stand requires no assembly. Includes: 1791216K 14-inch band saw, adjustable rnitre gauge, rip fence with resaw assembly, 1/4-inch band saw blade, and gooseneck work light and chip blower, and stand.

With an extra large, two-piece cast-iron table and balanced nine-spoke cast-iron wheel, the Powermatic PWBS-14CS 14-Inch Woodworking Band Saw is a capable, user-friendly machine ideal for professional woodworkers and hobbyists. Its rugged design offers uncompromising accuracy and durability; while a host of innovative features let users tackle a range of heavy-duty jobs with precision and control.

The PWBS-14CS 14-Inch
Woodworking Band Saw
At a Glance:
  • Features Carter quick-tension lever for speedy blade changes
  • Easy to read tensioning gauge settings indicated in blade width increments
  • Precision balanced, nine-spoke cast-iron wheels reduce vibration
  • 60-watt adjustable lamp built into the body (bulb not included)
  • Rigid, one-piece welded stand that requires no assembly.
5-year warranty

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Solid, Sturdy Backbone for Vibration-Free Operation
A huge iron casting provides a solid foundation that keeps the PWBS-14CS rigid and vibration free.The heavy-gauge, steel base cabinet adds to the unit's overall stability and provides a solid,vibration-absorbing base for the motor. Because dust collection does not pass through the base cabinet,its interior remains virtually dust free, reducing routine maintenance while enhancing the long life of the motor and drive belt.

To help improve visibility and the air quality of your shop, the PWBS-14CS features a four-inch diameterport cast into the lower housing, directly below the blade, for effective dust evacuation. And tokeep the cut line clearly visible, an integral air pump supplies pressurized air to an adjustable nozzleattached to the upper blade guide, resulting in a chip blower that provides a clear line.

Extra-Large Work Table
To effectively handle projects both big and small, the PWBS-14CS features an extra-large,two piece cast iron table with a tilting section measuring 15.0 x 15.0 inches and a fixedextension measuring 15.0 x 5.0 inches for a total working surface area of 15.0 x 20.0 inches.

Optimum Power and Drive
The PWBS-14CS is powered by a one and one-half-horsepower TEFC (totally enclosed fan cooled)industrial-style motor that comes wired for 115-volt operation, but can be converted to 230 volts.The motor power is delivered through a set of precision-machined multi-groove pulleys that aredriven by a poly-V drive belt system, known for its smooth, efficient transmission of power withvery little temperature buildup.

For their part, the cast-iron drive wheels are fully machined,painted, and fitted with high quality tires and then dynamically balanced to ensure smooth operation.

Easy Adjustments
With the PWBS-14CS, adjustments are never a problem, due to the blade width markings on thetensioning block for blade widths from one-eighth- to three-quarter-inch. The infiniteadjusting system also lets users dial in the correct tension for specialty blades that mayrequire non-standard tension settings.

This model comes with the legendary, Carter quick-release handle assembly that features three positions:full tension, relaxed tension, and full release. Users can move the Carter between all three positionswithout losing the tension setting, potentially lengthening the life of the blade.

User-Friendly Features
The PWBS-14CS also includes an exclusive design, quick-release, precision T-square-style rip fence withfour-inch re-saw attachment; 60-watt adjustable lamp (bulb not included) built into the body to providedirect light on blade and work piece while cutting; and a full six-inch under-guide capacity with 13-1/2-inch width capacity.

Dimensions and Warranty Information
The PWBS-14CS measures 34.0 x 68.0 x 20.0 inches (W x H x D), weighs 250 pounds, and is backed by a five-year warranty.

What's in the Box
One PWBS-14CS saw body; one poly-V drive belt; one trunnion support; one main table; one extension table; two table lock knobs; one table pin; one work light; one blade hook; two fence hooks; two miter gauge hooks; one bag of fasteners; one rip fence and rail assembly; one blade tension handle; one stand with motor; one miter gauge; one pulley cover; one fence body; manual; and warranty card.

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Technical Details
Part Number 1791216K
Item Weight178 pounds
Product Dimensions20 x 34 x 68 inches
Item model number1791216K
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Horsepower1.50 HP
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentsstand
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Shipping Weight178 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First AvailableMarch 30, 2004
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schenker VINE VOICE on March 20, 2006
I have now been using this bandsaw for about one year. It replaced a Jet 14" bandsaw I had used for about three years. So far, this saw has been terrific. It is accurate and easy to set up. It provides solid and reliable performance.


As I said, I previously owned a Jet 14" (circa 2002). The Jet and the Powermatic have several similarities, including the basic body design. But the Powermatic is much heavier-duty. One way I knew this is when I picked up the upper body of the saw. It weighs a lot more than the Jet 14"! The base is larger and more substantial than the jet, and more solid than other bandsaws I reviewed.

The power switch is the same one used in the Jet 14", which is good since I always liked it. The blade guard, which I also liked very much, is also the same. The fence, which I liked a great deal, is the same, except it is now gold instead of white.

The big differences between this saw and others? The Powermatic has the Carter tension lever. It also has a set of bandrollers, a built-in work lamp, and a dust blower. It also has a cast-iron table extension.


Putting the saw together starts to reveal several important details about its design and integrity. One thing I noticed right away was that the new saw has much heavier wheels, with more spokes. There is a brush on the lower wheel that keeps debris from collecting on the tires, a nice improvement. The knobs on the doors and other areas are rubberized. The door catches open and close smoothly, another welcome improvement.

The cast-iron table is 15x15, an inch bigger all around than the old Jet 14". I tested the table with a straightedge, and it was flat in all directions.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Ron N. on October 11, 2004
This is an outstanding piece of woodworking machinery. Other than a few unclear illustrations, I had no assembly issues & was able to get it set up, rewired for 220V, and dialed-in by myself in a few hours. It's heavy, but it was not very hard getting the saw onto the stand alone. I also installed the riser block to increase resaw capacity which I highly recommend. The upper arm of the saw is heavy & hard to get a good place to get a grip, so it took a little muscling to get the riser block installed. "Goof-Off" (available in local home centers & hardware stores) worked well to remove the anti-rust shipping coating on the tables. As you might expect, the "included" blade is junk.

I seriously considered the Laguna 14SE but could not justify the additional $400-500. I admit that I probably over research before buying machines for my shop. Check out the Delta, Grizzly, Jet, Bridgewood, and others. On the Powermatic, the fit & finish is way above the competition. Power, weight of castings, weight/design of flywheels... the list goes on and the Powermatic gets the points - this is a top choice among 14" bandsaws.

Power is NOT an issue. The Baldor motor is a tank. It runs very quietly - the sound makes you realize that you're about to operate a real piece of equipment. Roller blade guides take a little setting up when you change blades, guard height, etc. but they work very well. Dust collection is also very good. Fence is dead on accurate and tables are machined to near perfection. Carter quick tension release is fantastic! Chip blower works as it should.

As mentioned by another reviewer, if you rewire the motor to 220V you will need a 220V bulb... Philips 50A RS 250V available at mscdirect.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Sager on January 17, 2006
I am very disappointed with this bandsaw. I just purchased it 12-31-05 from woodcraft and received it early January. I purchased the riser block from Amazon and received it the next day. While putting the band saw together and installing the riser block I was very impressed with the quality of parts, paint, and packaging. Everything went together according to the instructions and I made all the proper adjustments. The first thing I noticed was that the guide rod was not parallel with the blade. The guides are off by a quarter inch from right to left and front to back while raising and lowering the guide!!!! Then I checked the blade to see if it was perpendicular to the table, it was not. I removed the table and placed a straight edge on the bottom wheel to the top and noticed that the two are off by a quarter inch! I put a dial indicator on the lower wheel because of excessive vibration and the bottom wheel is off by .010?. The wheel does not even contact the little brush part of the time.

By now I am getting upset. I just paid $1000 for a useless tool. I called tech support and they said that mine isn¡¦t the first and they are going to send out a new cast iron top support. I was told that a bracket was welded on incorrectly. Don't they check these while they are being assembled? I have spent over 8 hours trying to determine what was wrong. There should be a recall on this. Who knows how many more hours to fix and replace these defective parts? My serial number ends with 400, so check your machine. I hope the tech support department is better than the manufacturing.

Woodcraft sent out another bandsaw and I agree with the other 5 star reviews. This is the bandsaw I was hoping for.
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