I'm looking for a Xmas purchase. I saw the Delta Extreme 14 bandsaw
and theres the delta standard 14" for like 499.00
I'd rather buy the cheaper one and a dewalt 734 surface planer but I
don't want to buy it if its junk.
I am far from an expert on bandsaws, but about a year ago, I upgraded from a 12
inch Craftsman to a
used (as in the almost-Delta blue) Jet 14" in pristine condition with mobile
base, fence, guide and
3 speed pulley system for $275. I'm tickled to death with the thing. The only
change have done is
to swap out the blade.
This is similar to the Delta standard you are looking at. Don't know how much
more the Extreme will
give you over the standard for an additional $400. In my case a bigger motor
would be nice, but I
can add that when I really need it. So far I've managed to avoid prying open
the wallet for it, but
I will when the true need arises.
How does the standard saw differ from the extreme version?
: type of guides?
: open/closed base?
: motor HP?
: included accessories?
I suppose I could look this up myself, but I've got this ditty coursing
thru my noggin' (HBDTM. HBDTM. HBDDM. HBDTM.) I'm feeling pretty lazy
today. If you'll look these items up and repost the list plus think
about what uses you want for the band saw (roughing turning blanks,
resawing planks, scroll-type work, etc.) then you'll get a lot more
feedback and pros/cons.
BTW, I have the "limited edition" that cost a similar price.
delta x version
Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories
1-1/2HP motor with enclosed stand and guarded drip proof motor
Push button switch, chip chute, blade and belt guards
Arbor and motor pulleys and V-belt, blade guides
Platinum Pro band saw blade, quick release blade tension lever,
integrated 4" dust port, with Free Mobile Base (for a Limited Time)
2 year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories
1-horsepower induction motor provides cool, quiet power
Quick-release tension lever
9 spoke computer balanced wheels eliminate vibration under load
Blade moves at 3,000 surface feet per minute for efficient cutting
I'm a big fan of the Delta bandsaw, but for my money I'd save it and
go with the standard model which is very good. Unless:
1. You really need that 1/2 hp extra for heavy resawing. But even then
you might as well scrounge around for a good used 2hp motor for more
oomph. But for most resawing as long as you don't feed stock too fast
the 1hp motor will be fine.
2. You have a small space and could use the "free for a limited time"
But, both of these are *not* enough for me to spend the extra money
for them. With the money you save you can make your own, probably more
efficient dust port (attach a magnet to a 4" hose and stick it as
close as you can get to the lower guides ala Steve Knight); replace
the blade with a better one from Timberwolf, Olson or Highland
Hardware; get a link belt; get better blade guides from Carter, Cool
Blocks or Bandrollers; get or make a tire brush, etc etc......*and*
still have money left over to get the Dewalt planer.
I forgot to mention...you will love the micrometer guides
adjustments...especially for the lower guides. Yes, Jet is cheaper,
but they don't include this handy feature...and if they did they'd
probably cost just as much as Delta.
spoiled for micrometer guide adjusters
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