Delta 28-276 - upgrade or replace? Can this saw be upgraded without spending a lot of money?

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Forum topic by JJohnston posted 01-04-2010 05:29 PM 4000 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2010 05:29 PM

I have a Delta 28-276 bandsaw, and I don’t think much of it. It shakes (bad balance?), it seems underpowered, very poor fit on the doors and door latches, machining marks on the table top, overall impression of low quality, etc. I don’t respect it, and that might actually be dangerous.

Can this saw be improved/upgraded without putting money into it (apart from using good blades)? What would this entail? I’m not real familiar with bandsaw tuning.

I know someone is going to ask the hard questions: “What kind of work do you do?” “Do you plan to do any resawing?” I don’t know – for now all I’ve done is general curve cutting, but I may delve into resawing, IF I had a good saw.

I’ve got a promise from a local woodworking store to give me a Rikon 10-325 deluxe model for $665 when the next shipment gets here (a little customer service deal to make up for a screwup on another machine). Would this affect your decision? Thanks for any thoughts/opinions.

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 05:52 PM

Tools are a lot like vehicles. It is always cheaper to repair them than to buy a new one. But, once you have reached the point where you no longer want to spend money on a vehicle then it is time to replace it. From your post I would say that you should go with the Rikon because, even if you upgrade your saw, you still will be leary of using it. Spend the money. You will be happier in the long run and enjoy/respect the new saw much more than you do your current one.

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 07:52 PM
I think what Scott Bryan is telling you is sound advice. But the website I included here is for parts for your 28-276. Sometimes, if you get to know your equipment a little more intimately, you get a better respect and appreciation for it.
While the Rikon 10-325 is a good saw, I think you could also look at Grizzly Industrial. The G0555 and the G0555X are both good choices. I have the G0555 and could not be happier. It is a good 1hp saw, accurate, durable and easily upgradeable from 6” throat to a 12” throat. If you need to do re-sawing, then the G0555X is 1 1/2 hp and can take 3/4” wide blades.

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