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Forum topic by Bigbadad posted 03-22-2010 09:11 AM 1096 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2010 09:11 AM

Hi there, I stumbled upon this site while searching a band saw I am not really sure of. It seems to be infamous within the community as a saw to stay away from. I’m looking at a Delta 28-560, three wheel 16”. To be honest, i’m most interested in it for cutting square tube most likely no larger than 3×3 x 3/16 wall. Im a home project kinda guy that loves working with both wood and metal. I would absolutely use it for various projects involving wood also but from what I’ve read I know it’s not exactly an ideal machine for that purpose so im not expecting precision in that area.
I’m an avid power lifter and I build weight benches here and there as a hobby along with what ever else I may get the urge to weld.

I can grab it for $75. It includes the stand and an extra blade – I dont recall seeing a fence.

That being said , What do you think? would it be worth the $75 for my purposes.

Thanks, keith


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#1 posted 03-22-2010 05:16 PM

Those 3 wheelers are hard on blades because they have to bend around such small wheels.

Are you going to cut Steel with it? You would probably want a two speed saw, I think powermatic used to make one.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 09:09 AM

That was a concern of mine also, like I said i would like to use it for wood working though it would more than likely be used primarily for steel. The blade on my 14” chop saw walks too much on the material no matter how easy you are while pushing. I found a BD/Dewalt 10” power shop radial arm saw for $50 a few weeks ago and put a composite wheel on it and cut a 3×3 piece of 3/16 wall square tube and it did a great job. Though I dont want to use that saw for steel at all.

Maybe I’ll see if there is a way to make that delta a 2 speed – though after searching more I found a few 14” 2 wheel band saws around for $100 – $250. Im not going to be using this saw to make a living, but I want something decent. I just figured I couldn’t go wrong @ $75 – although, if the thing is a pain in the @&! to keep in adjustment and it wears out or snaps blades regularly the cost savings defiantly wont be worth the aggravation.

Like i said, applicable to my purpose – Ive read about it but I really wasn’t clear from the info just how much attention this saw needs. Im trying to weigh it out so to speak – I usually dont skimp on quality however cost is most defiantly an issue right now.

#3 posted 03-23-2010 02:10 PM

You may want to look into a low-end horizontal bandsaw for the metal tubing. I know they work great for square cuts, but I’ve never tried one on mitered cuts (which may or may not be part of your weight bench construction). I’m not up-to-date on horizontal bandsaw prices, but I think Harbor Freight has a model or two (if you trust their quality), and places like Tractor Supply Co. also have decent-looking ones for a reasonable price. I’ve experienced that it’s essential to have a low blade speed and an appropriate metal-cutting blade to efficiently cut metal (it saves your blade’s teeth—especially in thin wall material like tube—as well as keeps the cut cooler and quieter).

But I would think that $75 for a little bandsaw is a pretty good price for a space-saving tool. If you just want a small bandsaw for general-duty wood and thin metal cutting, I’d recommend Delta’s line of two-wheel benchtop bandsaws. I’ve never had experience with the 3-wheelers, but my 7” two-wheeler works very well and doesn’t go through blades too quickly, as long as I release the blade tension after each use. I guess the wheels are large enough so as to avoid fatiguing the blade prematurely (at best guess, the wheels on my little saw are about 7.5” in diameter). I’ve never tried to cut metal with this saw, but it can resaw through about 4.5” of very hard wood if it has to.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 04:25 PM

Years ago I read a FWW article about bandsaws. The author said he cut spring steel with his bandsaw by using the right blade and cranking the tension way up. Most woodworking bandsaws run the blade too fast to resulting in too much heat at the cut. You will also be limited in the length of the pieces you can cut.

Those horizontal bandsaws would be the way to go. They twist the blade in the guides so you aren’t limited in length, run at slow speeds and usually have a coolant flowing over the part along with an auto shut off. I have always wanted one of them but need a better welder and welding skills first.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 06:42 PM

Thanks for the insight fellas – I never really knew the horizontal was mostly specific to metal ( never looked into their purpose). HF has a portable for $89 If it’s a pos i’ll send it back. I did pick up the 16” dewalt – ended up getting it for $60. In the end, at that price i’m sure it will come in handy one way or another .

#6 posted 03-23-2010 06:47 PM

16” dewalt .??
I thought you were looking at a Delta? I must have missed something…LOL

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 08:07 AM

Yes, Delta…sorry – The last time I used a bandsaw was in high school about 15yrs ago. I forgot how much fun they were lol. The saw also came with the rolling stand. I took some time to adjust it, it looks like it can use some new tires. Its going to be a big help one way or another. I’m not looking to rip any heavy wood stock in half with it. For the heck of it I was running a 4×4 threw it , cut a few 45’s – I was able to cut almost paper thin sheets with the table beveled to 45 also. For what I paid so far im pretty happy….the amusement alone is worth it. Not sure if this was really a bright idea but I cut a huge yellow/white pages book to see how small I could cut strips running an already cut section back through and I was amazed…lol

I know it’s not a toy, I think im over the potentially dangerous curiosity :-/

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