A new family of 15-, 18- and 20-in. Steel Frame Bandsaws from JET® raises the bar among the competition by featuring the largest resaw capacities and table dimensions in their respective classes. Added resaw and rip capabilities enable them to accurately and efficiently perform a wider range of woodcutting tasks.
Resaw height of the new JET 15-in. band saws has been increased to 14-in., which is 4 in. taller than previous models. The 18- and 20-in. band saws boast a full 16-in. resaw capacity, which is a 3-3/4-in. increase over their predecessors.
The 15-in. band saw’s table measures 21-1/2-in. long x 16-in. wide, while the oversize table of the 18- and 20-in. saws measures 27-1/4-in. x 20-in. These cast-iron tables are precisely ground for flatness and tilt 0 to 45 degrees right and 0 to 5 degrees left, providing support for a wide range of bevel cuts. A 4-1/2-in. handwheel and easy-to-read scale enable quick and accurate table angle adjustments. Table height for the 15-in. band saws is 35 in., and the 18- and 20-in. saws are set at 37 in.
The saws’ rugged steel frames and wide bases provide stability for smooth operation and work support, while minimizing vibration. Cast-iron blade wheels with polyurethane tires are precisely machined and computer balanced to reduce vibration and ensure accurate blade tracking.
All of the new band saws are equipped with extruded aluminum, dual-position fences that can be used flat for cutting thin inlays and furring strips or upright for resawing, crown molding and cutting other large materials. The fences slide on a steel rail and are fully adjustable with a laser-etched scale and micro-adjust feature.
Precise blade tension adjustments are made by turning a handwheel and setting a tensioning scale, which can be viewed through a window in the upper door. A quick release has three settings: full tension, partial tension and full release. This is provided for making blade changes and relaxing the blade when not in use. The slotted table allows for convenient front blade removal.
Upper and lower ball-bearing blade guides are independently adjustable and tool-free, and the user is protected from blade contact by a four-sided blade guard. Dual 4-in.-diameter dust ports, located at the back of the band saw, connect to a dust collection system for cleaner sawing.
The saws are driven by single-phase, totally enclosed, fan-cooled motors ranging from 1-3/4- to 5 hp, pre-wired for either 115- or 230-volt service. A paddle off-switch with safety key powers them down.
The 15-in. saw comes in two models: JWBS-15 (1-3/4hp, $1,649.99) and JWBS-15-3 (3hp, $1,799.99). Two versions of 18-in. saw include: JWBS-18 (1-3/4hp, $2,099.99) and JWBS-18-3 (3hp, $2,299.99). JET’s 20-in. options are: JWBS-20-3 (3hp, $2,999.99) and JWBS-18-5 ($3,249.99).
All models are covered by a 5-year warranty, as well as JET’s RED Assurance™, the industry’s most dependable service and support guarantee program. See them online and wherever JET woodworking machines are sold.