I, too, am a bit confused. However, after reading the FWW article,
interviewing several owners, reading posts from this newsgroup, and
doing "other" research, I decided (1) a 1.5 HP is the size I need/can
afford and (2) the Powermatic 1791216K PWBS-14CS Deluxe Bandsaw is the
best of that category.
Sorry to add yet another model to your choices.....
I bought the Jet 2 years ago at a Woodcraft dealers show at the
suggestion of Mark Duginske, the guy who literally wrote the book on
bandsaws (The Bandsaw Book). He was using a Jet doing demos. My other
choice was the Delta at the time, which was about $200 more. The Jet
has been great, but it's the only one I've ever used so I can't compare
it with others.
- posted on January 21, 2005, 3:55 pm
Just a note.. IMO, at the 14 inch size, horsepower is not your primary
It's more important to have the saw properly tuned and the proper blade
for the job
My 12 year old Delta bandsaw has "only" as 3/4 HP motor and has done
everything I've ever asked it to do.
I'd stay away from the Rigid. Be careful.. often the tool that wins
"best value" is simply the cheapest one.
Also, most people do not realize that when magazines test tools (or
other products), they come directly from the manufacturer. So, the tool
the magazine guys gets has had 1000 times more quality control and
testing at the factory than the one you buy off the shelf. This can
make the lower priced/quality one seem better than it really is.
I know this, as I was part of this scam in another manufacturing
industry.. the product that the reviewers got was certainly not
representative of what 99% of the consumers got off the shelf.