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  • Bandsaw gloat - I hope

    Just picked up this Jet VBS-350 14" bandsaw









    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

  • #2
    Originally posted by jason.weir View Post
    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.

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    • #3
      That is one heck of a good buy for $170.00!!
      (good thing Flylo wasn't in that area!!)

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      • #4
        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??!

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        • #5
          How about a nice, YOU SUCK! as a welcome?

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

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          • #6
            Originally posted by alanganes View Post
            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

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            • #7
              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.
              if you can't take criticism, do the right thing.

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              • #8
                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/produc....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.

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                • #9
                  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

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                  • #10
                    Most metal cutting band saws are horizontal, so I doubt parts from a wood band saw would fit a metal cutting saw.
                    if you can't take criticism, do the right thing.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jason.weir View Post
                      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.
                      if you can't take criticism, do the right thing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bosox View Post
                        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

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jason.weir View Post
                          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.
                          if you can't take criticism, do the right thing.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bosox View Post
                            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

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                            • #15
                              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.
                              Last edited by T.Hoffman; 09-27-2012, 02:10 PM.

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