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01-01-2016 01:55 PM

(im sort of new to this forum, so I’m not sure if I’m violating any rules with this thread. If I am, I apologize, and will delete it.)

There seems to be a lot of different opinions on bearings, like what exactly to get, where to get, when to replace, etc. I tried to look it up myself, but it got really confusing really quick. There seem to be a million different types of bearings, and a million sizes for each type.
I can’t seem to find a straight answer, so this will be a thread where anybody can ask what exact bearings to get, where, and when for their Delta Bandsaws. I for one can’t make sense of any of the charts or scales, nor do I have any precise measuring equipment. So If you know what types of bearings to get for specific models of saw, where to get them, and can give detailed instructions and pictures/videos on how to replace them, please share! I, and saw owners everywhere will greatly appreciate it.

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 02:02 PM

I’ll start! I have a brand new never used NOS Delta 14” bandsaw model 28-280 (a 28-203 with an enclosed base). I dated this saw with the serial number which starts with 99F, and If I’m correct, that means it was made in June 1999. It was sitting idle in the box in a delta warehouse for almost 17 years, and I’ve been told I should change the wheel and motor bearings. For now, I’ll use the saw as is. But I would like to get new bearings soon. Can someone help?

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 02:08 PM

Probably all this information is over at the Vintage Woodwroking Machinery (OWWM) website.

When I replace bearings on any machine I remove them and go to a local motor repair shop with them and they match them up. I don’t measure anything. If you look in a phone book you WILL find someplace near that has bearings on a shelf.

You can also get the Harbor Freight digital calipers which work great and measure the inner and outer races and call Accurate Bearing.

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 02:09 PM

For the Delta 28-280, you can start here:
http://www.ereplacementparts.com/delta-28280-type-band-saw-parts-c-3275_3481_14747.html

There are other suppliers. You can also just take the unit down and read the bearing number off the race of the bearing, or take it to a place like Graingers where they will measure it and tell you what you need.

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 02:20 PM

I appreciate that info, but like I said, I don’t know how to remove the bearings. I would like to know exactly what I need without yet removing them.

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#5 posted 01-01-2016 02:41 PM

If it’s never been used, I would not expect the bearings to be bad.
I bought my 14” Delta about 25 years ago. It’s probably run less than 15 hours in all those years, and spends it’s time in my unheated (most of the time) garage.
There’s nothing wrong with my bearings, and I doubt that there’s anything wrong with yours.

Most bearings in woodworking machinery are pretty basic. Just pull them out, measure them, and go to McMaster-Carr and order some that are the same size.

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#6 posted 01-01-2016 03:50 PM

Does anybody have any experience with “TheBigBearingStore.com”? I found 6202 and 6204 bearings for about $3.50 each, with a few dollars for shipping. Not sure about the quality though?

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#7 posted 01-01-2016 04:14 PM

Others might have different opinions.

I bought the cheapest I could find and that’s what they were. Cheap.

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#8 posted 01-01-2016 04:17 PM

No, but I buy a lot of bearings from VXB.com
I would expect most bearings in this size range that are less than around $6 to be not very good.

VXB has a cheap 6202 for $2.37, and a Japanese Nachi for $6.88. I’d buy the Nachi.

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#9 posted 01-01-2016 04:24 PM

What he said. The difference in quality is apparent.

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#10 posted 01-01-2016 04:37 PM

I found a place online that sells SKF 6202’s for $5.30 each, and 6204’s for $7, with $4 shipping…If I can’t find them locally I think I’ll get them..

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#11 posted 01-01-2016 04:37 PM


I appreciate that info, but like I said, I don t know how to remove the bearings. I would like to know exactly what I need without yet removing them.

- TheWoodRaccoon

Are you even sure you need new ones? Anyway, here is a sure fire solution for you: call Louis Iturra (Iturra Design). He specilizes in all manner of improved parts for Delta 14” bandsaws…and he offers wheel bearings ( according to the 2008 catalog, the latest I have) for $18 for the upper wheel and $45 for the lower one. He doesn’t have a website, so it’s a phone call to get him (904-642-2802) and if you can get him to send you a catalog with the order it’s a wealth of information on the saw. Otherwise the best advice is what you’ve already ruled out: take the old ones to a bearing supplier and let them hand you the replacements. Lastly, all these saw are pretty much the same and somewhere around here Brad has already named the bearings you need.

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#12 posted 01-01-2016 05:22 PM

I can vouch for VXB for bearings. Good prices and quick shipping here on the west coast.

I have a Harbor Freight bearing puller set that has come in really handy for restoring old woodworking machines.

All the bearings on your machine are going to have codes that identify exactly what size bearing they are, internal and external. Use the codes when you replace them.

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#13 posted 01-01-2016 05:57 PM

I blogged a full restoration of a 1950s delta 14 ” bandsaw here: http://lumberjocks.com/onoitsmatt/blog/65586

I did it for the exact reason you started this thread. I couldn’t find a good, one stop source on how to do it.

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#14 posted 01-01-2016 06:03 PM


I appreciate that info, but like I said, I don t know how to remove the bearings. I would like to know exactly what I need without yet removing them.

- TheWoodRaccoon

Are you even sure you need new ones? Anyway, here is a sure fire solution for you: call Louis Iturra (Iturra Design). He specilizes in all manner of improved parts for Delta 14” bandsaws…and he offers wheel bearings ( according to the 2008 catalog, the latest I have) for $18 for the upper wheel and $45 for the lower one. He doesn t have a website, so it s a phone call to get him (904-642-2802) and if you can get him to send you a catalog with the order it s a wealth of information on the saw. Otherwise the best advice is what you ve already ruled out: take the old ones to a bearing supplier and let them hand you the replacements. Lastly, all these saw are pretty much the same and somewhere around here Brad has already named the bearings you need.

- Fred Hargis

Thank you for the info! Those prices seem a little expensive for the bearings but I called and requested a catalog anyway.

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#15 posted 01-01-2016 06:05 PM



I blogged a full restoration of a 1950s delta 14 ” bandsaw here: http://lumberjocks.com/onoitsmatt/blog/65586

I did it for the exact reason you started this thread. I couldn t find a good, one stop source on how to do it.

- onoitsmatt

Exactly! Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out! Not sure if the 1950’s saws use the same bearings though.

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