Hello I'm new here and am probly re-asking an old question. Are those
low priced DElta bandsaws any good or are they a continuious pain in
the rear? I need to be able to resaw up to 6 inches in thickness,
usually a softwood. Right now all I build are trellies, arbors,
outdoor iture, but will as my skills encrease move on to indoor stuff
like wainscotting, cabinets, and tables. Any suggestions? Thanks Bob
The Delta 28-276 3/4 HP 14" Professional Band Saw is basically the same as
their more expensive 14" saws. They save on cost with the open stand and
3/4 HP motor. It will resaw 6" and even accept their riser block kit to
increase that to 12". Some may saw its under powered but for years this
same saw ran on 1/2 & 3/4 HP motors just fine until the Chinese tool wars
started and the easiest way to say my saw is better that yours was to just
hang a bigger motor on it. Now we're up to 1 1/2HP on the high end 14"
saws. Do we need it? Anyway, the 28-276 is a nice little saw for under
$500. Amazon has them now for $379. I wouldn't go with anything smaller
than the 14" for your requirement, you'll just be disappointed.
The thing to remember is the 14" saws are essentially all the same saw
with slightly different stuff bolted on em and different color paint.
The riser kit for one of them will fit any of them, that should tell
you something. At the lower price range you have the Delta 28-276,
the Grizzly G0580 and the Ridgid. The Griz is the most expensive
unless you happen to live close enough to one of their showrooms to
pick it up, I'm assuming you can get the other 2 locally. The Ridgid
is a little cheaper than the Delta, the Delta has a bigger table.
I just got the Delta 28-206 for the bigger motor and tension release,
otherwise it's the same as the 276. The 3/4 hp motor on the 276 won't
have any problems with 6" of softwood. It was missing 8 bolts out of
26 for the stand which didn't thrill me. Otherwise everything went
together fine. Wheels were coplanar out of the box. No vibration
with the blade off, a little with it on but i've done no tweaking at
all yet so I'm quite satisfied so far.
I can't comment about the Delta, but I have the low-end Ridgid 14" saw and for
$300 it's a lot of saw for the money, IMHO..
I put in the riser kit a year or so ago.. the grizzly kit is 1/2 the price of
the ridgid and fits... 3/4 hp isn't a monster but works for me on up to 11"
thick stock and cuts larger diameter circles than I can fit on my 14" lathe..
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