JET JWBS-14DXPRO Band Saw Review 2017
This is our review of the JET JWBS-14DXPRO Band Saw and one that is a popular choice for many users. Well it is for those who can afford the $1,000 price tag. We know that is a lot of money to spend on a saw, but this is right at the top of the range and will be used by professionals.
It has a solid rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by many buyers over at Amazon and has maintained that high rating for a very long time. The video below gives you a really great insight into this band saw and highlights the main features and benefits.
Quick Guide To The Jet Band Saw
If you don’t have time to read my detailed review below, then I have included this Quick Guide that highlights the most important features for you to consider.
- Very safe, tough and durable
- Heavy weight so will not move around
- Comes with a factory blade which is easy to change
- Easy to see window when checking for adjustment
- 4″ port at rear for dust collection
- 2 speed cast wheel
- Height adjustment is simple using a knob
- No blade deflection which is just great thanks to double bearings
- Easy bevel adjustment and miter capability
- On board storage which is useful for blades etc
It is an impressive saw from Jet and as I have mentioned gets great reviews.
Detailed Review of the JET JWBS-14DXPRO Band Saw
The Jet JWBS-14DXPRO Band saw kit stands up to the high standards of all woodworkers alike. Forget about adding that riser block as this saw comes complete with a beautifully crafted cast iron frame which increases power. The new high tension spring has been redesigned to give you durability that will last for years to come.
When it comes to cutting larger pieces of material there is a 12″ re-saw capacity that is built right in. The drive system is a 2 speed poly-v belt to ease and has a blade tracking window that makes everything easy to view. Pinion and rack adjustment with the blade guide post makes this the band saw to buy.
Some of the specifications include a 14″ Band Saw wheel diameter, up to 13″ of cutting capacity width, 12″ in height, 105″ for the length of the blade and of course blade speed is 1500/3000. The table size is a generous 15′ x 15′ and the height from the floor is just over 43″ making this simple to manoeuvre and access. The blades are easy to change fast with the ball bearing guides and tires marked with yellow to make it easier to see the blade.
The Cast iron wheels are specifically machined to eliminate vibration. The wheels are made from a polyurethane that are able to run for a longer period of time to keep their shape. Both wheels, upper and lower run on sealed bearings which are over sized and help keep the saw running quiet and smooth.
Adjusting the top guides without any crash the rack and pinion guide post makes this an easy adjust. The cast iron table has been ground finely to ensure the surface is flat and allows the wood to slide more smoothly while cutting. The optional fence is available as an extra for around one hundred dollars.
Ordering online expect to have two containers in totally. The first box includes accessories, stand supports, stand and door and the second parcel includes Poly-V belt, saw body with the motor, trunnion support bracket, table lock knobs, table, insert for table and pin, fastener package warranty card and of course the easy to read instruction manual.
The tools that will be needed to put everything together are very basic, two 13 mm open end wrenches or you can also use adjustable wrenches and two 10 mm. A quick inspection of all parts is helpful, should there be damages or missing parts it will need to be reported to the distributor.
When unpacking make sure prior to discarding the shipping box, the entire saw is assembled and running in proper order. This particular brand comes along with a 5 years warranty and should the tool need repair there are many authorized centers that can issue warranty repair and other parts.
The functionality of tilting the table and adjusting the table stop enable any user to really modify to their own specifications. Depending on how familiar the user is with band saws there is a list of troubleshooting problems, causes and solutions that can simplify the process.
A simple solution if the saw is not starting and a common one, is its unplugged or the circuit breaker tripped. Sounds funny but it happens more than you think, while there is a customer service number you may want to check those reference points prior to calling in because the saw is not starting.
Ordering replacement parts is made easy with the toll free number and the hours can be found on the website or calling your supplier for them to place to order for you. Keeping your model and serial number handy somewhere helps things process smoothly and quickly. If the manual get lost or destroyed, there is a full online layout available for no cost to use or print out for your convenience.
This Band saw is made with exceptional quality and trying to find others in this price range with the same function will not be an easy task. Being a buyer of many shop tools and a trades person myself, most importantly is the saw does the job the way it is intended with accuracy and power but it gets bonus points because of the fair cost. Getting tools serviced and parts in a timely fashion is something to always be noted.