Hot New Tools Issue 85: New Bandsaw is a Heavyweight Contender

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This article is from Issue 85 of Woodcraft Magazine.

Jet model JWBS14-SFX

Jet’s new 14" bandsaw enters a tool category with a large number of competitive models. But this saw has some innovative features that woodworkers will appreciate, especially with regard to heavy-duty resawing. For starters, there’s just over 13" of resaw height, and the saw can accept 3/4" blades. Independently adjustable upper and lower ball bearing guides provide excellent blade stability, while an enclosed base and heavy-duty tubular steel construction provide plenty of mass; the saw weighs over 300 lbs. Jet’s product design team made room for an oversize table (17" × 21-1/2") to handle large work, and a re-engineered trunnion system that makes it easy to tilt the table for angled cuts. A pair of 4" dust ports helps to maximize dust extraction. The saw comes with a top-quality miter gauge and an aluminum fence that can be used horizontally or vertically (like the old Delta Unifence). The 6"-high vertical mode is excellent for resawing.  

—Tim Snyder

Versatile fence. Jet’s design allows for horizontal (low) or vertical (resawing) orientation.

Strong and stable. Heavy-duty guides and 3⁄4" blade capacity enhance resawing performance.

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