Damn cryin' shame! ... the last good 14" Delta bandsaw was the American made
14-299. If I were in the market today for a 14" bandsaw, I would either try
hard to find a used 28-299, or go for something else.
Basically, Delta has turned to purveyors of shit .. makes you wanna cry out
I feel like I lucked out. I bought the non-x5 delta 14" band saw, the
one with the aluminum wheels and the rounded base. Mine was straight
and adjusted correctly right out of the box. The only problem I've
noticed is that the blade detensioning lever bumps into part of the
frame as you move it. It's sort of like they should have bent the
lever out an inch or so. The lever kind of slips past it easily so
it's not a problem. Just sort of a stupid design. After buying an 8"
dj-20 copy jointer from grizzly, I'm really wondering why I should buy
delta at all anymore. My griz jointer was literally perfect out of the
box, and with a bigger motor and pedistal mounted switch, for half the
price. Sounds like delta is the new craftsman.
Strange as it may be, I found that metals cast in Taiwan, China, Korea
are just not very good compared to the US, German or Canadian-made
metals (I don't know why). Today it is more difficult to find
quality machines made in the USA due to all of the outsourcing. Sadly,
manufacturing in the US can't compete with China. I have a grinder
stand made in China--it's cheap for sure but does the job. I'd steer
clear of a China-made machine, though.
Taiwan is getting better, slowly, but Chinese steel is a shocker. I own a
Chinese made stainless steel fish smoker, bought at a megastore. The thing
rusted within 3 weeks, sitting on a shelf in a dry shed :-( just as soon as it
was removed from the plastic bag with the desiccant.
Every bit of Chinese steel I have owned has the average strength of tin foil
and rusts like no other metal short of elemental Sodium. 2"x 8 gauge screws
that snap their heads before they're half into the predrilled wood ...
Them Chinese must think we're really really dumb.
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Or that's what the "value engineering" project manager specified.
Here in CT, we have a scenic railroad that runs a Chinese steam
locomotive that's been "re-detailed" to look like old American iron.
The locomotive is 17 years old and has never failed to pass an FRA or
insurance company inspection. It was purchased new in 1989.
Well, there is one small group of lawyers and politicians here in GA
who are now unemployed as a result of their decision to mess with what
they _thought_ was a dumb mechanic. Karma got them in the end.
(That and a large quantity of pro se briefs and squeaking wheels...)
Sometimes, very seldom, mind you, they receive a rude surprise when
stepping on someone who stands in their way. But they DO seem to be
rude, arrogant, selfish SOB's with little to no discernable soul.
I haven't found a good solution for the "crap" products on the market,
however - other than perhaps to roll your own and buy "vintage" goods.
And here I though I was the only suspicious, curmudgeon around here...
(Although I tend to think of it as pragmatism.)
No, you're OK. ;-)
What strikes me most about my own encroachment into the realm of
curmudgeon-ness is that is it provoked by the many lessons in life
that proved that being a "nice guy" was far less effective or
expeditious than being, as you put it, blunt. Give 'em an inch...
Mine was aligned out of the box too, and I don't have that problem
with the lever - it *is* bent out an inch or so on mine. I do find it
takes too much tension off leaving the blade flopping around if I just
want to detension not change the blade, so I've taken to wedging a
stick in between the casting to stop it near vertical.
Bought my Powermatic 14" at the show a couple years ago, smooth running
machine. Sure beats my old `14"craftsman. I use a "Woodslicer" blade for
re-sawing....great...and a 1/4" Timberwolf for general cutting, works for
me. I thought about buying the riser, but so far, I haven,t needed it.
I also like not having to buy $12 cool blocks all the time. My two
I've got the Delta 14". It has very good ratings, available parts,
and popular. Certainly much better than average, and makes an
accurate cut. If you can get a model made in the USA all the better.
I have a mobile base and that makes it easy to move it around the
shop. I've done resawing with it, but I don't have the riser block.
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