Hi, I currently own a Delta 28-203 14” bandsaw that I have been having issues with lately. The problems started after I bought a Carter Ratchet-Rod tensioner. The rod (acme threads) slipped off if the saw frame and slid between the frame and the upper wheel housing. The rod was bent and I had a heck of a time getting it out. I ended up having to cut it, but I still have enough length to use it.
Then, as I was adjusting a 1/2” blade to the center of the tire, the thumb screw became very tight. I assumed it was because of the 1/2” blade, which I had never used before. A pair of vise grips on the steel thumb screw to adjust just a little more, and you guessed it, the thumb screw snapped off, leaving me no way to adjust the blade.
When I bought this saw off of an old timer, he had that saw in pristine condition and tuned like a fine violin. I feel so bad that I have mangled this saw into the condition it now sits.
I was just about to call Iturra and order his style of heavy duty tension system, but before I had a chance to call him, I saw this saw on craigslist.
Is anyone familiar with this saw, and does this seem like a fair price for it?
I will still repair and upgrade my Delta before I either sell it, or just keep it, though I have no room for two bandsaws.
Thanks for any guidance that you might offer.
-- Jg, Pittsburgh