I often wonder just what good putting on an isolation mounted motor does for
a band saw. I have never seen an induction motor as being the source for
any vibration. The belt, pulleys, wheels and blade are what vibrates on a
Your first one did not have a gasoline motor on it, did it? ;~)
Thanks for all the very valuable information from you all. I am very
anxious to get it, and I will be sure to give you my feelings after I get
it. Can anyone recommend a good blade for resawing quartersawn white oak?
I'm thinking of a 3/4" 2 or 3 TPI blade, but I'm not sure if that's going
overboard. I'm remodeling an old American four square just outside of
Chicago, by the way. Thanks again for all the great info.
Matt Zach wrote:
For your new saw I'd say a 1/2" 3 tpi TimberWolf would be ideal for
resawing. They are low tension and track very well when sharp. I use one for
that purpose on an older 28-299 and can attest to the fact that it works
well with QSWO.
Best bandsaw blades to my knowledge are the Woodslicer from Highland
Hardware in Atlanta and a Sufflok Machinery called Timberwolf. I tried
both and am equally happy with either although I seem to order Suffolk
blades most of the time. Keep the old dull ones for aluminum, brass,
whatever I would not use a good one for. They work great!
There are no good bandsaws priced under $1000US. That isn't a bad
starting point for "good bandsaws". There are some "not so bad" band
saws for less than $1000. Your delta is somewhere in the middle of the
"not so bad".
I was just being a smartass. I've got an older Delta 14" and it is a
fine saw for most of what I use it for. I've been using a friends 20"
and that is truly a "good saw". Quite a bit over $1000. Wish I could
Matt, I've got some news to share with you and the rest of the Wreck.
Today I got a first hand look at the new X5 bandsaw, model 28-475X. I
checked out the motor and to my surprise it is NOT resiliently mounted
as per the literature from Delta. I called Delta to find out what the
scoop is: the literature describing a "resilient mount motor" is an
error! So there is one feature you DIDN'T miss by buying a 299A. And
you saved some bucks, as well. Way to go.
Matt Zach wrote:
Well that may have answered my comment to you about the supposedly isolation
mounted motor.. I really could not see any reason at all to mount a motor
in such a way to cut down on vibration when the motor itself is not the
source of vibration.
Leon, I can't say it (motor mount) caused the problem with my unit early
this year either. I know that if the base had been made more rigidly,
the whole unit wouldn't have rocked back and forth at 3-5 hz, but I
didn't want to re-engineer the base. Delta claims they haven't gotten
any complaints about vibration on the 299A...
My next move will be to have a local dealer fire one of those new bad
boys up and then I can judge for myself if the X5 units have less
vibration than the 299A that I had. The quick tensioner looks like a
good idea. I wonder how well the built in DC port in the base will work
compared to the chintzy plastic port on the older models?
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