This saw is at Lowes right now for $399. But I am finding conflicting info
on the web. The saw on the floor at Lowes has the motor mounted behind.
But I am finding some on the web where it shows it mounted underneath. How
exactly can you tell the difference if the Delta 28-276 is either the USA or
The one at Lowes has a good size sticker that says "Made in USA" on the top
cover. As well as Made in USA under the model number (i think).
But then I do a search and find some bad reviews on Amazon:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
But it shows the saw with the motor mounted underneath.
Are their different versions of this saw? I did a search on Google of
rec.woodworking and you guys posted some good word for this saw (for it's
price anyway). On Google a few of you guys comment on the "excellent Delta
14" upper and lower blade guide assembly"
One post I found seemed very informative (But is it accurate):
"28-203 is the U.S. made model single speed model, which is used as the
core of the 28-293 (1 hp closed stand), and the 28-299A (1.5 hp closed
stand). Some dealers still have the 28-275 and 28-278, the US-made 3/4 hp
open stand saw, and the 28-299 US-made 1 hp closed stand saw. The 28-306E is
the core 28-303 metal-cutting geared saw on a 1 hp closed stand. The 28-206
and 28-276 are the overseas saws that line up with the US-made 28-293 and
the older 28-275/278. In terms of materials and component design, the
overseas saws have slightly larger tables (16" x 16"), a 4" cast-in-place
dust port, two speed pulley (Hardwoods and softwoods are best sawn at
different speeds) and a Carter-like quick tension release. They are
designed to compete with the Jet at the $500 and $600 price point. Both
still use the excellent Delta 14" upper and lower blade guide assembly
designs and 9 spoke wheel. Having looked at both models SBS with the US
versions, they are pretty much a toss-up.
In terms of bang for buck, both the 206 and 276 saws match up favorably with
the Jet products on price as well as features, with larger tables,
quick-release tensioner, functional dust collection, better guides, cast
iron trunnion, and multi-speed capability. Also - Delta has changed the
tensioner spring to a die spring, a move that Jet made a while ago, and
makes the purchase of an Iturra tensioner spring an option rather than a
requirement for resawing. From what I can see between the Canadian and US
factory sites, the overseas saws were introduced in Canada a few years ago,
alongside the US made tools in Canadian packaging (English/French
instruction set, warning labels, etc.). Not sure what prompted the decision
to compete on price; however, given the US made saws are still there for the
folks that prefer them, I don't see much of an issue. Now if they could just
go back to cast iron wheels..."