About 8 years ago I decided that I should have a bandsaw. However, not knowing anything about them, I just bought a Delta because of it’s name. I didn’t have a clue about what I was getting myself into.
I was all excited when I got it home and I couldn’t wait to try it out. After a few cuts my excitement turned into disappointment. I couldn’t make it cut straight, even with the fence that I bought with it. It was so bad that even the little red plastic disk got all cut up. And so, I just never bothered with it… up until now. I started reading all posts here at LJ’s that pertained to bandsaws. I started watching videos about them on YouTube. And then it started coming to me. Perhaps it needed adjustments like the ones I saw in the videos. When I looked at it, it was WAY out of whack. So I tuned up the bearings and guide blocks. I also wondered if there should be more tension on the blade. It did and I did it. Long story short, it was like a completely different saw.
I did notice that there was quite a learning curve. I was trying to use it like I would my table saw. I learned that you can’t push the stock too fast. I also learned that you can’t rip a wet 2×4 because chances are you’ll break the blade… I did. But after a while I started to get the hang of it. I built a new assembly bench using mostly lap joints that I cut with the bandsaw… the first time I had ever attemped using this kind of joint It took 2 tries before I got it right, but wow… I started falling in love with my new found toy.
It’s a Delta 10”... very basic. I started looking it up on the web and found out that it was discontinued a few years ago. I can still get all replacement parts for it… but, get this… they don’t make replacement tires anymore. What’s up with that??? Now that I have the fundamentals down I’ve realized that this really isn’t a very good saw compared to what’s out there now and I’m thinking about selling it on CragsList and upgrading. However, I’m kind of limited as to what I can get. I really loved the Grizzy 14”... it was in my budget range to boot. But… living in Canada prevents me from getting it. To have it shipped here would cost more than what I would pay for the saw. And so I have 2 models that are available to me. HD has the Ridgid 14” that’s in my budget range but I haven’t heard great reviews about it. Another big box store has a General International 14” that is about the same cost as the Ridgid… but for some reason I haven’t seen or heard anything about General International equipment here on the site. But those are my choices right now. I’m going to hold off until I really investigate all of my options. I don’t want to rush into buying one just to say I have it – like I did with the Delta.