I just powered up my new Delta 14" bandsaw. (Kind of a Christmas gift
to myself. I got a great deal on an X5 model that I use to rationalize
Except for 2 small paint scratches, everything about the saw is great
(co-planar wheels, flat table, etc.) I had two surprises, however.
First, this saw has parts from everywhere! The bearings are from
Romania, the motor is from Brazil, etc., etc. I was disappointed
(but not surprised) that the motor was not a US Baldor motor, but on
the plus side the motor is rated at 2HP (and 15 amps). The funny thing
is that the outside plate on the door says it is only a 12 amp 1.5HP
machine even though the motor plate says 15amps and 2HP. Is Delta
testing out a heftier motor? Are they planning on marketing this
aspect? Or is this motor such a POS that the efficiency rating is 25%
worse than it should be, and hence 15amps actually generates only 1.5HP?