Please help..... I've been shopping for a new 14" bandsaw and have
read all the posts, which I've really found very interesting, but
would appreciate any more info any of you have on this new saw. I
don't think anyone has done a tool test on it or compared it to the X5
yet? I've already ruled out the lesser saws from Jet and Delta and am
contemplating one of these two saws. Amazon has a few reviews of the
X5 which range from great to bad so that's no help. It would be nice
to have a great tool review website to go to...
I had a chance to see both saws at the WW show last weekend and
really had a hard time with what is best. Both sales guys made what
appeared to be compelling arguments for their saw. My observations:
I really liked the PM's cast iron wheels versus aluminum (better?),
bigger table, included fence/miter gage, light, blower, Carter roller
(?) guides & tension release, and pulley/belt. Fit/finish seemed very
nice also. I think this is all made in Taiwan?
Delta had their new tensioning mechanism which appeared very nice as
well. 100% made in USA (a plus? - I have a newer Delta 6" jointer -
from China, and it's already rusting/pitting), new dust extraction
setup at bottom of saw seemed like a great idea, free stuff coupons
(don't know what), 5 year warranty versus PM's ?? (forgot to ask).
Both had comparable specs. Delta does have 6.5" between the guide and
table compared to PM 6" but with the riser block I didn't see that
making a huge difference. Both saws were about the same price at the
show, $750 or so.
I have several Delta tools and have been happy with my UNISAW and
drill press. Not so pleased with the quality of the jointer although
it operates very well. I've never owned PM but know they were very
high end/quality tools, at least prior to being purchased by JET.
Still the case?
Any comments/suggestions/ideas/first hand experience would be very
thanks in advance.