I have decided to buy a used 14" band saw. (probably a delta) Not
only that but I sold my wife on the idea too!
I am fairly handy and have always fixed my own cars, dishwashers,
lawnmowers etc. so I will look for a great deal on a saw that needs
some TLC and then put a few bucks into it to make it puuurrrr. I am
wondering how to tell if I am looking at a good bandsaw that I can get
back into great shape or if I am looking at a money pit who only
want's to break my heart.
I like to do woodworking, not fix equipment. I am trying to find a
strong machine that will let me do a bunch of re-sawing without
breaking the bank.
I really apreciate the great advice I get from this group.
Wow. Aren't you special. :-)
You didn't mention how much this thing is or its intended use. I assume
you are not doing production 8 hours of resaw work. I also assume you
have priced new and used saws of this type and feel that this one is a
Seriously, if the motor and the bearings in the wheels are good and the
guides are sound, you shouldn't have to do much with it. Get a good
resaw blade (e.g. Woodslicer from Highland Hardware, Timberwolf from
Suffolk) and you're off.
On 24 May 2004 00:16:30 -0700, email@example.com (russ) wrote:
things to watch for:
broken castings. unless you can buy several machines to mix and match
parts this could be a deal killer.
bad bearings. not too expensive or hard to replace
bad motors. figure a hunnert bux and a half hour.
damage related to blades getting out of hand. if the saw has been used
hard and seldom adjusted you could be looking at damaged guides, tires
table inserts, wheel covers.... open the saw up and look it over
inside. follow the path of the blade and look for shiny metal...
More like, the last 64 years or so.. The Delta 14" first
appeared in the early/mid 30's but was re-vamped by the end
of the 30's to basically what is the same saw as sold today.
The major changes (from the late 30's saw) consist of
hinging the upper and lower wheel covers, a round rod to
hold the upper guide and the stand.
Most every other 14" on the market today
(Jet/Grizzly/Powermatic) are clones of the
Delta saw (but built by children in a third
I have the Jet knockoff. I would not buy it again. I've already had
to replace the tensioning assembly after a few hours use, and the
motor access door likes to pop open whenever I move it around (its on
a mobile base). My neighbors USA Delta (careful, they make a cheaper
Chaiwanese version) appears to be much better constructed, and I've
used Delta 14" band saws in high school woodshops that were older than
I have plenty of Pac Rim equipment, but this is one piece of equipment
the good ol USA still wins out on in the price/quality trade-off.
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