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Forum topic by pdhbaseball23 posted 10-20-2015 06:31 PM 872 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2015 06:31 PM

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I am new to woodworking and I have slowly been acquiring the needed tools. Next on my list is a band saw. I am a fan of older American tools if I can find them. I purchased a vintage Craftsman 10” table saw, a Rockwell 6” jointer, and a Delta drill press. I have read good reviews on the older Delta/Rockwell 14” band saws. In doing some research there were a lot of models produced. Some of which had a gearbox to allow for metal/wood working. Has anyone had some experience with the metal/wood models? I also do a small amount of metal work and thought it would be a convenient option.

Would anyone be able to provide some guidance on search parameters (brand, model, features, etc)? What would be a good price range?

Thank you

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#1 posted 10-20-2015 07:00 PM

There were only two different 14” band saw versions from Delta – wood only and wood/metal. The base model numbers were #890 for the wood only and #880 for the wood/metal version. “Package” model numbers indicated things like the type of stand and other options. Those package model numbers start with 28-2xx for the wood version, and 28-3xx for the wood/metal version. For example, the Delta 28-207 (what I have) is a model 890 saw (wood only) with an open flared leg stand. The 28-307 is the model 880 saw (wood/metal) on an open flared leg stand. 28-305 is the same saw, but on a cast iron stand. The Delta 14” band saw is what virtually every other 14” cast iron band saw on the planet is cloned from – it is the original – and its design remained pretty much the same since they were introduced back in the 30’s.

As for dual use – I’ve not personally done it, but the general opinion is that wood and metal don’t mix :) Most people wind up getting two band saws and dedicating each to one or the other. While it is a convenient option, switching between wood and metal is quite a hassle – and the machine needs to be really cleaned well when doing so. Oil and metal chip impregnated wood chips aren’t any fun, and getting oil and metal swarf on any wood you are cutting can cause all sorts of finish problems on your projects. Some people also cite a fire concern (hot metal chips landing in piles of sawdust), although I’m not sure how valid that might be.


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