Delta-Rockwell VS Band Saw 28-365, machine pitches blade

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Forum topic by marco2800 posted 07-28-2015 07:02 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2015 07:02 PM

Hi guys,

I have been on the hunt for a variable speed band saw for many months, either a Powermatic 87 or Delta 28-365 machine. I missed out on a nice looking Powermatic 87 with the factory blade welder a few months ago, the price was $1450.

I found the Delta 28-365 in Costa Mesa last Friday, the machine hadn’t ran in a few years, 3 in fact. We powered the machine and low and high gears both worked, and the variable speed seemed to be in good shape. So I decided to purchase it, I paid $1400 with 4 blades, all wood cutting.

I got the machine home and unloaded it with a friend, should have got a fork lift because this thing is heavy.

Gave it a quick cleaning and lubing, I also realized the belt tensioner should be re-engineered, not the greatest from the factory.

After watching some videos on tracking and installing the blade, I took a shot. I got the blades teeth as close to the center of the wheel. But I was having trouble keeping the blade on the wheel, machine would pitch it after running for a few minutes.

After talking to a friend who owns a band saw, he told me about the crown that is required on the tire. I put a square against the tires, and they are definitely flat, and also very cracked and beat up.

So I dag a little deeper and realized the band saw was equipped with the incorrect tires, this machine is equipped with a groove to accept an expensive t-groove tire. I ordered a set of “economy” tires from Sulfur Groove Tool, they should be here tomorrow.

In the mean time I have been cleaning old rubber cement, anyone have a trick? I have been using a heat gun, scraper, and wire wheel….

Would flat tired tires cause my problem? After watching Mr. Wandels video on crowned pulleys it makes sense.

Also, does anyone make a good fence for the 24” table band saws? The Kreg seems much to small.



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#1 posted 07-28-2015 07:51 PM

Are you sure about the model nunber? I think you meant 28-365, not 28-356. IIRC, those used a jet-lock type fence. You might want to ask your question over at the owwm site for some better answers.


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#2 posted 07-28-2015 10:11 PM

Yeah, I corrected it.

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 11:43 PM

Grizzly might have a fence that would work on that saw.

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