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jason.weir
09-26-2012, 10:00 PM
Just picked up this Jet VBS-350 14" bandsaw

http://home.comcast.net/~jason.weir/other/bandsaw1.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~jason.weir/other/bandsaw2.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~jason.weir/other/bandsaw3.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~jason.weir/other/bandsaw4.jpg

Complete with blade welder, air tube and what looks like an infinitly adjustable variable speed lever on the back..

Needs tires and a blade but otherwise looks in really good shape - came from a boat builder\restore shop and looks almost unused..

Oh yeah guy wanted $170 and I couldnt bring myself to dicker with him.. Has a build date of 1979 and was $2000+ brand new from what google tells me..

Anyone know where I might find parts?

Jason

Dr Stan
09-26-2012, 10:21 PM
Anyone know where I might find parts?

Jason

Rockler may be able to match up the tires. Anything else you'll need to make yourself as Jet does not support its equipment.

sasquatch
09-26-2012, 10:39 PM
That is one heck of a good buy for $170.00!!
(good thing Flylo wasn't in that area!!):rolleyes:

alanganes
09-26-2012, 10:50 PM
nice score! At $170 I fully understand not trying to "get a better deal." Hand over the cash and get going before the seller changes his mind. In this case, you both got what you wanted, he got his price, you got a great deal. What's not to like?

You can try Jet for parts, but support for spare parts is pretty hit-or-miss. If you need something common that they happen to use on a recent or current model, you may get lucky. Sometimes you can find a similar saw with the part you need. Or as the the Dr. says above, you'll have to make your own. But what's the problem? You're a machinist, right??!

RussZHC
09-27-2012, 08:31 AM
How about a nice, YOU SUCK! as a welcome?

Photos, check. Price, check. "You suck" check. Now an official gloat. :D

jason.weir
09-27-2012, 09:29 AM
You're a machinist, right??!

I wouldn't insult machinists by claiming that.. I do however have some machine tools and can locate the on\off switch on all of them... -J

bosox
09-27-2012, 10:49 AM
What a gloat!!! Are you pulling the trigger for this? Though I can’t imagine not. A 1979 built machine isn’t that vintage but I guess it’s going to be hard sourcing for original parts, specially Jet. I agree with the idea of purchasing parts from a different brand which will fit that saw. Or you can go for aftermarket replacement parts which this site is selling: http://bandsawparts.com. Or you wait till you find someone who has the same saw.

R. Dan
09-27-2012, 12:41 PM
Check the Jet section on the Walter Meir website: http://www.jettools.com/us/manufacturing/en/home.html

Also might check with Carter Products for tires: http://www.carterproducts.com/product_list.asp?cat_id=15

I have my 14" Jet wood bandsaw well equiped with Carter products and I am well pleased with their stuff. I'm not sure if they can outfit a metal bandsaw however.

jason.weir
09-27-2012, 01:00 PM
Thanks guys - I've checked out the usual suspects re: Parts.. Can't find anything available. I have a request in with Walter Meir in hopes for a manual.

I'll measure the wheels tonight and see if a set of tires from something else will fit. Other than that I'm just going to tune it up, weld some blades and use it.. BTW did I mention it is single phase.

-J

bosox
09-27-2012, 01:16 PM
Most metal cutting band saws are horizontal, so I doubt parts from a wood band saw would fit a metal cutting saw.

bosox
09-27-2012, 01:27 PM
Thanks guys - I've checked out the usual suspects re: Parts.. Can't find anything available. I have a request in with Walter Meir in hopes for a manual.

I'll measure the wheels tonight and see if a set of tires from something else will fit. Other than that I'm just going to tune it up, weld some blades and use it.. BTW did I mention it is single phase.

-J

Google Alex Snodgrass’ band saw clinic. His video could help you properly tune up your saw. Cheers.

jason.weir
09-27-2012, 01:29 PM
Most metal cutting band saws are horizontal, so I doubt parts from a wood band saw would fit a metal cutting saw.

Yes horizontal metal bandsaws are more common in the home shop - but most every commercial shop has a vertical metal bandsaw - the parts I would be looking for (guides, tires, etc) are pretty universal between all bandsaws whether they cut wood, metal or meat.. The differences between the materials cut is in blade choice, blade speed and table configuration after that a bandsaw is a bandsaw is a bandsaw..

-J

bosox
09-27-2012, 01:48 PM
Yes horizontal metal bandsaws are more common in the home shop - but most every commercial shop has a vertical metal bandsaw - the parts I would be looking for (guides, tires, etc) are pretty universal between all bandsaws whether they cut wood, metal or meat.. The differences between the materials cut is in blade choice, blade speed and table configuration after that a bandsaw is a bandsaw is a bandsaw..

-J

Really? It’s funny I thought of the other way around. That almost all commercial shops uses horizontal metal cutting band saws that are designed for production cutting. Anyways, thanks for the information , J.

jason.weir
09-27-2012, 01:55 PM
Really? It’s funny I thought of the other way around. That almost all commercial shops uses horizontal metal cutting band saws that are designed for production cutting. Anyways, thanks for the information , J.

Don't get me wrong - I think you are correct as well, you're not going to do production cut-off work on a vertical saw, or use a horizontal saw to cut sheet stock... They are just 2 different tools that do very different jobs.. Vertical saws are less common in home shops because they are very expensive new - hence my happiness getting one for $170..

-J

T.Hoffman
09-27-2012, 02:08 PM
I have a older VBS model just under this one. I love it.

I was able to get new tires for mine from Walter Meir this past year when the originals were rotting off.
Call them and talk to tech service.

For $170, that is a STEAL, and you'd better put an extra $20 in the church plate for that.

bosox
09-27-2012, 03:03 PM
Don't get me wrong - I think you are correct as well, you're not going to do production cut-off work on a vertical saw, or use a horizontal saw to cut sheet stock... They are just 2 different tools that do very different jobs.. Vertical saws are less common in home shops because they are very expensive new - hence my happiness getting one for $170..

-J

Well, that’s a really great score! What metal(s) are you going to cut it with? You should have a nice blade for that one.

velocette
09-27-2012, 03:08 PM
Hi
I love it real bargain and with a little TLC your great grand children will have a bandsaw .

Have a much lighter machine that I rebuilt from a wood cutting bandsaw with a reduction gearbox in the drive line

The Tyres are now Urethane and bonded to the wheels. done localy in Auckland for about $200 NZ Plus Courier Fees

So far the Tyres are giving great service and would recommend them to all and sundry

You got a complete Bandsaw cheaper than I paid for Tyres and as they say "Down Under"

"Good on Yah Mate"

Eric

bosox
09-27-2012, 03:46 PM
$200 for the tires? O_O

jason.weir
09-27-2012, 05:45 PM
Received a reply from Walter Meir with a manual... Anyone interested it's here

http://home.comcast.net/~jason.weir/Jet_VBS-280_350_380_400_500_900.pdf

-J

bosox
09-27-2012, 06:09 PM
J, I get free downloadable band saw manuals for different brands from this site; http://bandsawmanuals.com.

sasquatch
09-27-2012, 06:59 PM
If this is a 14inch bandsaw, why wouldn't tires from another brand of bandsaw fit?

bosox
09-28-2012, 10:25 AM
Just the right question.

gwilson
09-28-2012, 10:45 AM
I have a similar saw from MSC. The blade welder has been a PITA. I had to buy a stand alone unit after trying to get it repaired. A waste of $200.00 for repairs. Worked ONCE,quit again. Saw works fine,though.