Okay, guys, I just got my Delta X5 14" band saw (28-475X) assembled and
running, and I'm not entirely pleased. I haven't used the 14" X5
before, so I don't know if my expectations are justified or
unreasonable. I took my time assembling it (pulleys aligned, etc.),
and I haven't added any aftermarket goodies yet.
To me it feels like the saw vibrates too much. I have it sitting on
the concrete slab of my shop floor. The lower wheel / driven pulley
didn't appear to be out of balance with the belt off (i.e. I could spin
the wheel and it would stop at a different point each time). At first
I thought it might be the included "Platinum Pro" blade (it flutters
enough to buzz against the rear blade guard every 3-4 seconds unless
you ratchet the tension way up), but taking it off doesn't seem to make
an appreciable difference. It definitely doesn't pass the Nickel Test
- starting, stopping, or running; the longest I could get it to stand
was maybe three seconds, and that was rare. It has some fit & finish
problems, but those aren't as worrisome as the vibration, particularly
since I am planning to add a riser block.
So, do any of you guys have a 28-475X that can pass the Nickel Test?
Is it just wishful thinking on my part to believe that it should? What
is the normal amount of vibration for the 28-475X (or the Powermatic
14" for that matter)?
I've got the pulleys lined up pretty well, and the saw came with a
notched V-belt. Would switching to a link belt help at all?
TIA for the replies.