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Jet 18" Bandsaw Questions
I am a novice woodworker and would appreciate some advice regarding my Jet 18” bandsaw.
I notice very little vibration without a blade on the saw. I can balance a nickel on the table, it moves around a little but seldom falls over. I read somewhere the nickel balancing act was a good test, is this true? However, since my objective is to resaw wood into veneer a blade is required and the nickel trick does not help. I have tried both the original ¾” blade that came with the saw and a 1” Timberwolf blade, there is little if any difference in vibration with both these blades so don’t think it is the weld. With blade installed balancing a nickel is impossible, the vibration is visible noticeable, placing your hand on the table makes your teeth rattle.
I called Jet tech support and they are sending me out a new top wheel. The assumption being that it is out of balance and this is causing the vibration problem. I read a good way to check for balance is to place a mark on the wheel and spin it to see if the same spot on the wheel regularly ends up at the bottom. Mine did 50% of the time and the rest of the time it always ended up in the bottom half. I then decided to check the bottom wheel using the same method and the results were more of the same with the wheel ending up between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock 80% of the time. On several occasions I noticed the wheel would stop around 9 o’clock and then change directions and stop between 5 and 6 o’clock.
I also notice the blade tracks in the center of the top wheel but toward the front on the bottom wheel. I assume the blade should track in the middle of both wheels, is this correct or am I concerned about an unimportant detail?
I am also concerned about the power of a 1 ½ HP motor. It seems to labor when resawing 8” to 10” hard wood even with a slow feed rate. I rewired the motor to 240 at Jets recommendation. Jet tech support said this would help but I have not tested the results since I am waiting on the a new top wheel from Jet.
I started out thinking Jet made a good product but I have read several magazine reviews of late that seem to place the Jet 18” bandsaw near the bottom in its class. My confidence has been shaken and I am beginning to feel I made a wrong decision and should return the Jet and purchase another brand.
Any advice/help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Sorry this post got so lengthy…
Edited 12/1/2004 12:59 am ET by GeneS