I have been considering buying a small bandsaw for sometime. Woodcraft sends me a mailer and they had Jet 10 inch on sale for $299.99 regular $469.00. I have a 16 inch SCM with a 1 inch carbide resaw blade. I wanted some thing I could walk up to and cut. The Jet has a quick blade tension release. I had read reviews that were half 5 star and half 1 star. Most of the reviews were several years old. I have had several Jet machines in the past and although Jet is not usually the top tool in thier category they are usually in the top third. I got free shipping and that sealed the deal. The free shipping was freight on a pallet. I cannot accommodate an 18 wheeler so I drove about an hour to pick it up at the freight terminal. Got home and assembled it and ran it about 30 minutes. Ran good and blade tracked well. Will tune the saw tomorrow.
There are several saws that were in range of $150-200.00 but all have aluminum tables. The Wen on Amazon had good reviews but had bad ones as well. So now I can cut off material with tabs. I have used table saw but each part you cut off the part gets more unstable making me nervous. Will report back on progress. I also have about 40 pen blanks to make into 8 sided instead 4 with a jig I got from PSI. I use a lathe duplicator with some pens and making 8 sided speeds up production