I’ve been looking for a band saw for quite a while now. I’ve shopped new, searched Craigslist and Ebay, drooled over some, scoffed at others. Trying to find a good buy for my money is not a very easy thing to do. I’m always at least a little disappointed with the shortcomings of what I can afford or get the boss to spend money for. He had me in the $200 range searching for a band saw and I looked at a few that could have been gems for the price had they been up to snuff with descriptions. A 1930’s era Electric Carpenter? YES PLEASE!! A solid old tool that I could use, restore and possibly profit towards a bigger, better saw later. Unfortunately, that had a huge crack in the casting under the table that had been badly repaired with a giant bubble of brazing. Nope, sorry dude. A 50’s era Delta Homecraft 14” saw for $150? Could be a great saw. Straight to voicemail and no call back. I do like the idea of old tools and admittedly, I did skew my search in that direction. Then I saw a Delta 28-245 for $485 looked good in the pics and had some extras. I called and went directly after work to go look. Bought in ‘91, the guy said he had got an interest in woodworking and used it on “a coupla small projects”. Really, it looked like it had never been used past a few test cuts. I think the blade that is on it was what came with it originally. He added a crank for the tensioner to replace the knob type it came with, a Fasttrak re-saw guide and a mobile base. He wouldn’t go lower than $450, but really, I couldn’t see bargaining with him too much without being unreasonable. It is virtually a brand new, well adjusted plug and play tool. It now resides just inside the garage door to my shop. I bought a few different Bosch blades at the big blue store to start out with, and I spent the evening playing with my new toy.
My shop, however, needs some love before I can find a home for the new addition. Whoa, really. It’s a disaster! I’ve been in and out, hauling tools here and there and back again, dumping things off quick and I just have everything everywhere except where they’re supposed to be. I have my work cut out for me today. Once I regain some sort of order and find a home for the new addition, I’ll update with some pictures and possibly some of my backlog of projects I never got round to posting. I lurk here every day, but haven’t posted anything in a long time. I think it’s about time huh?
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