Jet Tools recently added another model to its lineup of band saws for professional woodworkers with the new 14” 3-hp Steel Frame Band Saw, model 714550. In addition to its powerful motor, the saw features a rugged, durable, steel-frame design, according to the company.
Product manager Joan Duvall says the versatile saw offers the perfect blend of performance and features. It features a full 13-1/2” of resaw height, as well as 13-1/2” of blade-to-frame cutting width, along with a fully adjustable fence, tool-less blade guide adjustment and heavy duty blade tensioning with quick release.
“We are excited to introduce this addition to our line for the woodworkers who love the current Jet steel frame design, but might need a little more horsepower,” Duvall says.
This floor-standing band saw weighs 360 lbs. Its steel frame and wide base provide rigidity for smooth, stable operation and accurate cutting. The saw’s overall dimensions are 30” x 26” x 74-1/2”, according to Jet.
Driven by a 3-hp, single-phase, 230-volt motor, power is transmitted to the drive pulley system via a durable poly-V belt, delivering a blade speed of 3000 SFPM.
The saw features a 21½” x 16” cast-iron table that is set at 39” from the floor and is precisely ground to assure flatness. The table tilts 45 degrees to the right and 10 degrees left, providing support for a wide range of bevel cuts. A cast-iron hand wheel and large, easy-to-read scale are used to set the desired table angle. A standard miter slot is provided to accommodate a miter gauge that can be purchased as an optional accessory, as well as jigs and fixtures for specific projects.
An extruded aluminum fence measures 18-1/4” x 6” and slides on a steel guide rail. The two-position fence can be used flat for inlays and furring strips or upright for crown molding and other materials. The fence is fully adjustable with a laser-etched scale and micro-adjust feature.
Jet says the cast-iron, nine-spoke, upper and lower blade wheels are precisely machined and computer balanced to reduce vibration and ensure accurate blade tracking. They feature shallow crowns and polyurethane tires. The wheels accommodate 125” long blades, ranging from 1/8” to 3/4” wide.
Precise blade tension adjustments can be made by turning a hand wheel and setting a tensioning scale. A handy blade tension release is included for making blade changes and relaxing the blade when not in use. The blade can be easily removed from the front of the table.
A heavy-duty guide post with rack-and-pinion adjustment provides solid blade support. Upper and lower, ball-bearing blade guides are independently adjustable and tool-free. The saw also is equipped with four-sided blade guards.
Two 4”-diameter dust ports are located on the back of the band saw below the table and at the base. They connect with a dust collection system and require a minimum capacity of 400 CFM.
The band saw sells for about $1,800.
Contact: Jet Tools. Tel: 800-274-6848. www.jettools.com
This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue.