You never can tell, seems like there would be one still sitting on a show
room floor somewhere in the boonies. Todd Stock wrote an interesting post
back in February about the differences in the 299 and 299A. It's re-posted
below for the OP's information, with full credit to Todd:
<Todd Stock post, 02/03>
You did get the best of the 14" saws, but in adding power to
the package, Delta made a cost engineering change that moved them in the
direction of the imports, quality-wise.
The problem with the new Delta 1.5 hp is that they upp'd the motor speed
from 1750 to 3450 (to keep the price point for the motor and drive train
identical to the old 28-299) and replaced the excellent balanced steel and
iron pulleys that were supplied with the old 3/4 and 1 hp saws with the
same crappy cast alloy sheaves that the Jets and other imports are using.
This drive train vibe is more noticeable than on the imports because speed
is doubled and power is higher on the new Deltas.
Junk the alloy sheave (the motor is likely a machined steel sheave and is
probably OK) and invest in a cast iron, balanced Browning sheave for the
driven shaft - about $28 from MSC. Make sure you get the proper bore
(3/4") and correct 4L pitch diameter (NOT the same as the outside
Also - swap to a link belt. These are the fixes that Iturra recommends for
the Jet and other imports, and appears to be necessary for the new Delta
1.5 hp as well.
I hope Delta gets enough complaints to change the drivetrain back to a
balanced system - just one of the many things that justified a higher
price tag for the saw."
Hopefully the above will provide some information if he does have the
problem with vibration that you, and others, have reported.
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