I have a DeWalt and love it. It cuts thru everything I have thrown at
it and keeps going great.
That said, I hope one day to upgrade to the Excaliber which are about
double the price, but very well worth it imho, if you scroll a lot.
If you can find a good used Excaliber, Henger or RBI Hawk for a
reasonable price, you would probably be very pleased. I don't know
anyone with an Excalibur who isn't happy.
I got my DeWalt off a guy only selling it because he won an Excaliber
and his wife wouldn't let him keep both in the house. He had health
issues, on oxygen, and had to stay indoors.
As a side note, I have a small bandsaw (3-wheel gift from FiL) that I
use to bulk cut wood for scrollsaw, carving or pyrography. It works
well but no way it can do what the DeWalt can do in detail.
Hope that helps!
the cheaper the better and i doubt i will want to upgrade later as this is
really just for doing decorative features that are part of a larger whole
so mid-range but not garbage is what i am trying for
i think the delta 40-694 and dewalt 788 share some heritage
i watched a video on the 788 and the design of the saw action makes a
lot of sense
the guy talked about the needle bearings drying out
he used valvoline synthetic grease with a specially rigged grease gun
it has 32 needle bearings
i saw another video of a guy assembling the 40-694 and they must be
literally from the same mold and the delta $100 cheaper
That was interesting. Does Delta consider your local Dewalt service
center their customers point of contact, like mine? Maybe give them a
call and find out how it works in your locale? Ask them whether they
stock any Delta parts. Actually, the service center might possibly be a
place to check for a deal on a refurbished machine... Good luck! -Bill
Definitely up to you. After comparing and trying some different saws,
I skipped the HF, Dremel, Craftsman, etc., in favor of the DeWalt.
They partially do. DeWalt is better imho. I have used both and know
scrollers who have had both and prefer the DeWalt.
I've had mine now for 6-7 years and no bearing or other issues. There
is a grease available for the DeWalt. I have not yet needed it.
Almost the same but the DeWalt, in many opinions, is better.
As I said, I got mine second hand and it runs like a champ. No issues
yet whatsoever. I saved 50% buying used and don't regret it.
one guy mentioned that the dewalt has a more aggressive cut and that
makes it hard to use for delicate work
delta has really allowed their name to be tainted by not providing
replacement parts for previous equipment
i read that everywhere
i have a delta bandsaw i bought used but was hardly used and it has
not needed any parts but it seems like there are a lot of these saws
out there so maybe parts can be had but that is another topic
you may have the right year
like everything else they shipped all the work to asia and quality went
i read this in many places
there isn't a lot of info on the delta
i think delta really will not recover from the bad reputation they have
i have no problem at all buying used
my problem is that there are not many used for sale in the area
IIRC that was on the Tiawaneese later built models, not the older models.
Delta is not really Delta as we all knew anymore. They are a lot like
Rockwell. Rockwell once built a really great product 25+ years ago.
Some one has bought the Rockwell name and sells their tools under the
Rockwell name. The latest Delta owners manufacture a few machines here,
including the latest Unisaw but a lot of their machines are being
manufactured for them.
There are probably several OEM places to get parts.
Asian quality is what the importer specifies. SawStop and the
Powermatic 2000 table saws are pretty much the standard these days and
are top quality. Both are Asian build, USA designed. The Delta Unisaw
was the standard for decades but QC and the bean counters let that slip
That may be true but there will be a new crop of those that don't know
any better. Delta will probably follow in the footsteps as B&D &
Rockwell riding on the name.
I have an old Rockwell Delta Scroll Saw and it is a tank.
If you can find one like this, buy it. Been working perfect since
around 1954. It has a 2 foot radius, can cut 2x stuff like butter, has
a blower that amazingly still works after all these years (knock on
wood), The blower is a must to keep the cutting area clean.
I personally don't use it all that often, but when you need one, it's
great to have. There is no vibration either, of course I have it
bolted to a cabinet, and itself is heavy cast iron.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
That's like the industrial one my FiL had gotten from a closing shop.
Wish I had been able to get it. I've seen a couple of those around the
SS groups. Great for heavier or multiple cutting. Sadly I don't have
the room for it.
Which is sad. Years ago I had to take my tablesaw apart to
move it, and when I put it back together I found one of the
odd shape spacer/bolt things that hold the fence rails had
wandered off. I sent Delta a letter asking for the part
number so I could order a replacement, and they sent me the
part, gratis, just to keep me a happy customer.
I have an old Delta scroll saw that I bought out of the paper in about 1995
for $35. The table was rusty so I had it milled smooth again. Lost a couple
thou in thickness. The spring head was missing so I called Delta, then in
Tennessee, for parts. I didn't know the model as the only decal was
unreadable. The woman in customer service asked for the large casting number
on the overarm. When I gave it her she said, "oh yeah. That's a 40-205. Is
the decal outline about 2 1/2" square?" Yep I said. She said, "it was made
in '75. Is it sitting on a big sawhorse? They were sold with plans for the
sawhorse." Mine is on the sawhorse.
I ordered the parts I needed, all in stock. Paid about $200. The old Sears
motor worked. It just needed a new cord and power switch. Cleaned it.
Repainted Delta gray. It looks new except for the old timey looking
Everything works great.
Couple years ago I called to see if I could get the mechanical speed
control - a spring loaded sheave that opens and closes to change the ratio
with the driver. They didn't know what the hell I was talking about even
though I had the part number. Customer service has changed.
My FiL had an old industrial shop Delta that I wanted to get and
restore. Only thing missing was the stand which I see pop up on
Craigslist every so often. Unfortunately my FiL passed away and his
then wife slammed the door on family. Sold everything off. It would
have been a great project to restore. His Delta bandsaw was old and
beat up but still working solid. Old Delta was good Delta.
Old Delta was quality and, as others have mentioned, their customer
service was truly that... SERVICE
My Delta/Milwaukee 14" bandsaw was acquired from a friend - it belonged
to his late father - for $125 ca 1980.
It suffered from minor neglect - table rusted and tires crumbling.
Other than that, it was in great shape. Called Delta down in Tennessee
and told them what I had and what I thought I needed. Lady there asked
me if I had a manual (nope!) and copied one from their archives and sent
it to me along with the tires I'd ordered and a note telling me that the
saw was manufactured in August 1945, 5 months before I was born.
Great saw that still hums along merrily and is as solid as a rock.
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