I doubt seriously the one you got from Amazon was "just like that" under the
hood. Delta made some serious "value/price point engineering" changes in the
last few years which are not apparent on appearance, and few for the better.
Just looking at it, I wish I was closer to go have a look, I would be
tempted. I don't need another bandsaw, but they simply don't make them like
that anymore ...
I doubt seriously if a contemporary $400 Delta band saw is the equal to the
I also doubt that the Rockwell saw is only 10 years old.
Being Rockwell does enhance it in my opinion (and it is just my opinion).
In a word, yes.
It's probably older than 10 years, but that's beside the point. About
a year ago, a contractor I was working with drug an old Rockwell 14"
bandsaw into the shop to cut some rafters for a curved roof. The
thing had been sitting in his brother's garage unused for about 20
years, had no cord, and was covered in scales of rust.
He let me take a few hours to clean it up and put a new cord on the
beast, and after it was polished up a bit and had a new tail, that
thing ran as straight and true as any bandsaw I've used before or
since. Anything that can take that kind of abuse and still do an
excellent job at it's intended purpose is worth whatever the seller is
asking for it- if I lived near enough to make it possible to buy the
one the OP is selling, I might even break my golden rule, and borrow
money to buy it.
There's nothing particularly wrong with the new Deltas, but they don't
have the same level of engineering or material quality as the old
Delta/Rockwell or Rockwell labels. It's hard to explain if you
haven't used one of those old tools, but there is a qualitative
I am still looking for an old Delta in SFO and there were three used
14" Delta bandsaw for sales (craigslist sfo). All were sold within a
few days above the $200 range. I suggest you make offer above $200.
I would pay as much a $300 for a real good one if I can find one in
the Bay area. I sold my Grizzly G0555 recently after I moved and
promised myself not to buy another China or Taiwan made bandsaw.
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