Options on 14" Bandsaw.

I need to purchase a Bandsaw this weekend. I need to have it by Saturday so mail order is out. I have the options of buying a Ridgid 1400 (379.00) or a Delta 28-276 (399.00). Is one better that the other or about the same quality wise. Any reason to pick one over the other, or just go with the lower cost?
SteveD61
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For one thing, the Ridgid is ugly. Appearance aside, there won't be a huge difference in use. The Delta looks to have a smaller footprint because the motor is mounted under, rather than in back of the saw.
I've only take a cursory glance at the Ridgid. I've not seen this particular model of Delta up close, but other Delta saws are much nicer fit and finish. The Delta table is 16 x 16 while the Ridgid is only 14 x 14. That can make a difference in how you handle and support your wood. The Delta dust port seems to be in a better location also. I'd spend the extra $20 for it, but that is just me. Ed
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Does Ridgid offer a riser block for their saw? Might not need it now but someday. Something to consider if you think you may want to do some re-sawing with it in the future.
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If it were my money I'd probably get the Delta....or *a* Delta. I know time is of the essence for you, but you might be lucky enough to find a used Rockwell/Delta in time. The micrometer upper/lower blade guide adjustments is more than worth the difference in price. You can get one for about half the price of a new saw. Read the reviews at Amazon.com.
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