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Bobby57

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12-31-2015 12:53 AM

I have a chance to buy a Delta 28-203 band saw for $300, saw is USA made in 1994 and comes with extra blades, tires and has mobile base, light and all fences and attachments, saw looks like it was well taken care of. I think it’s a good deal but just wanted to check in with more experienced woodworkers, all opinions welcome. Thanks

-- Bob, Carmel, NY


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 01:03 AM

If you think it’s a good deal, then it is. Everyone will have different definitions of a ‘good deal’ :)

BTW: That is the saw that all the asian cast iron clones are patterned from… it’s the original, although by 1994, Delta had switched hands to Pentair and there were some cost cutting starting to take place, so they are not quite as robust as the earlier years. However, it was made before Black and Decker got their hands on the company, so that is a very, very good thing :)

If you are in need of a BS, then you can’t really go wrong with that one, and all the extra goodies are a bonus.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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RibsBrisket4me

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 03:42 AM

What Bob said:
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Good saw
Good lineage
Decent deal.

I found that life is too short to worry if I could have got something a little bit “cheaper”.

Offer 250, but have 300 in your pocket, haha

If the saw is what you want, the condition is what you are happy with, and the cost is reasonable to you, go for it.

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conifur

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#3 posted 12-31-2015 04:07 AM

Go for it, I paid 500 for one this summer but had the riser kit and a number of blades and very clean, I have no regrets.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#4 posted 12-31-2015 12:34 PM

Once you buy it (and you should) get in touch with Iturra Design in Jacksonville FL and talk to Louis about the blades you need….try to cajole him out of a copy of his catalog. He’s without a website, so it’s phone call only; and well worth it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Tennessee

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#5 posted 12-31-2015 12:41 PM

Seems like a fair deal. Not stealing the bank, but getting a decent deal on a saw that should last a while. I’d probably try to get it down $25-40, but that’s just me.
Considering the mobile base and light add on is probably worth $50 alone if you bought new, it’s a pretty good deal even at $300.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#6 posted 12-31-2015 02:08 PM

Buy it.

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 02:23 PM

Sounds like a good deal considering you are getting a mobile base, light and fence. Before purchasing be sure to take the table off and check the trunnion bracket to make sure it is not cracked. Also verify the zero set pin is there as they often go missing. Also check the upper and lower blade guides to make sure they are sound.

Good luck

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#8 posted 12-31-2015 11:00 PM

What motor does it have? Yeah. Iturra catalog is awesome for this saw. He sells quality blades as well. And he’s funny.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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teejk02

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#9 posted 12-31-2015 11:31 PM

Just do it…I have the grand-son (28-216) and have to say it is not perfect but in that price range I can’t complain because it is well built in the USA. You’ll appreciate the mobile base (one of the few tools I wheel out of the way because it is easy to do).

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#10 posted 01-01-2016 12:14 AM

Here it is, everything looks good, will go over all of it when I tune it up, never had a band saw before so if anyone has any tips please share thanks

-- Bob, Carmel, NY

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RibsBrisket4me

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#11 posted 01-01-2016 12:37 AM

Awesome! It looks great!
You got a light, fence, miter gauge, tires and a great saw!

You suck!

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#12 posted 01-01-2016 08:02 AM

Here it is, everything looks good, will go over all of it when I tune it up, never had a band saw before so if anyone has any tips please share thanks
- Bobby57

Obligatory band saw tune up video:
Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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teejk02

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#13 posted 01-01-2016 04:16 PM

Tip #1 For blade changes I find it’s easier to remove the upper blade guard (mine is slotted so I loosen but not remove the screws and it lifts right up and out). #2 On blade changes you’ll want to spin the upper wheel by hand to get it tracking properly. You probably have a bolt behind the wheel that is hard to see. Be careful of that unless you like those purple fingernails (ouch). #3 on blade changes back off all the guides until you have it to proper tension and it tracks properly then bring them back into place. I think the roller guides (top and bottom) come to about 1/8” behind the blade, the blade guides pinch the blade leaving the teeth exposed plus a little. #4 On curved cuts I check the tracking frequently. Metal on metal is a bad thing. Other than that I can’t help you much. Enjoy your new toy.

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