I've had a 14" Delta Bandsaw, model 28-245, 1/2hp motor, open stand, for
about 10 years or so, and it's been a very good tool. Unfortunately, I've
been asking it to do more and more, and I think I'm well past the point for
which the tool was made. I'm a turner, and I added a riser block so that I
could round off logs before I put them on the lathe. I also do a lot of
laminated and segmented turning, so I do a lot of resawing.
Well, tonight I was trying to slab a few small Maple logs, about 18" long,
and no more than 8-9" tall. I was about half way through when the motor on
the saw just quit. When I felt the motor, it was pretty hot, and my first
thought was that I just burned it up. I thought I had been going slow
enough so as not to put too much strain on the motor - obviously I was wrong
After about 45 minutes, I went back to the shop, and the saw started again.
This time I made a concerted effort to go much slower, but even when I
turned the log so that it was about 4" tall, after each pass the motor was
noticeably warmer. So I quit before the saw did again.
I ask a lot out of my bandsaw, and it's right up there among the most used
tools in the shop. I'm asking myself now if I should try to find a larger
motor for the saw that I have, since there is nothing wrong with the saw
other than a motor that can't do everything I want it to, or if it's time to
say good bye, and go with one of the newer saws with a full 1 hp motor ( and
a 4" dust port in a location where it actually does some good! ). I prefer
Delta over Jet, but I've also given Grizzly a side glance. The new 0555 got
great reviews, but it's only a 3/4hp motor, and I haven't seen anything
about the bigger 15" machine. The new 2 speed Delta looks pretty slick, but
then I saw the X5. Aside from a longer warranty and 1.5hp motor, what's the
real difference? And will the riser block I have for my current say fit the
either of the new ones?
I'm hoping someone out there has been in the same situation I'm in, and has
some words of wisdom. If I do go with a new saw, I'll have an older one for
sale at a pretty good price ...