I think that I need a sanity check here. I found an ad in the local paper for a "14 inch Delta Bandsaw, $625". Okay nothing too special, but I thought that I would call and check it out.
Talking with the seller, he told me the model number: 28-269. Didn't ring any bells until he told me that this was the white one, a special edition from around 1999,2000.
I have a friend that has that saw, and I knew that it was nice. So, I went for a ride and looked at it. It was in completely mint condition. The seller was getting rid of it to get a larger (18" Jet) bandsaw.
I made some test cuts. Blade tracked well. Low vibe, all that.
The saw cam with manuals for the 28-280, and the 28-270 which calls it the Grand Edition (White).
Well, long story short, I offered $550, he said yes, and I loaded it up and took it home.
Now, being the curious cat that I am, I called Delta this morning witht he serial number to see when it was made (October 98) and just chat about the model. The support lady mentioned that the MSRP for this package was $455. (!)
I think my heart stopped for a moment. Can that be right? This saw is basically the 28-280 which through Googling, I found was selling for about $800 at that time. The only references I found to this saw in my Googling were referring to the "Delta Grand Edition" which was going for around $800-$850.
The rough stats for the Grand Edition White are: -1 hp motor -enclosed stand -mobile base -12" rip fence -bearing guide (not the Carter guides, just the one) -Cool Blocks
So, it is really the 28-280 with the mobile base and fence thrown in.
In the end, did I just get lost in the Delta-phabet soup and get screwed? I am okay with just getting a fair deal, but I wish that I wouldn't have called Delta.
Curiosity may just kill this cat... Len