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Forum topic by UncannyValleyWoods posted 08-22-2016 09:22 PM 302 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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UncannyValleyWoods

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08-22-2016 09:22 PM

Ok…

Found a Delta 28-203 with a 1hp motor and a riser block.

The machine is in pretty rough shape. Seller is only asking $200, but I’m only willing to pay $100.

Lots of rust and likely pitting on the table, fence guide is missing, bearings are all rusted. Haven’t seen the inside. I think the kid is pretty desperate to let it go. It was his granddad’s saw.

I’ve used these saws in the past and have the warm and fuzzies for them, but I’m trying to decide if this is even worth the time and money it would take to bring it back to life, even if I grab it for less than a hundo??

Thoughts?

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madts

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 09:46 PM

The riser block and the motor are worth $200.00 That is if the motor works.

Just remember that there is a yuuuge difference between cheap and inexpensive. Cheap is never a good buy, whereas inexpensive can last you a lifetime. From reading your post I believe you are going for cheap.

Sorry I could not resist the “Yuuuge”

—Madts.

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Woodchuck2010

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#2 posted 08-22-2016 11:02 PM

If it’s that rough, pass.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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UncannyValleyWoods

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#3 posted 08-23-2016 12:26 AM


The riser block and the motor are worth $200.00 That is if the motor works.

Just remember that there is a yuuuge difference between cheap and inexpensive. Cheap is never a good buy, whereas inexpensive can last you a lifetime. From reading your post I believe you are going for cheap.

Sorry I could not resist the “Yuuuge”

—Madts.

- madts

Eh, not really looking for cheap… I’ve just seen photos of this machine and it’s got that “I’ve been sitting in a wet barn for ten years” look… There’s no guarantee that the motor works and if it does, I doubt it will work long.

Toss on a new motor, that’s $260, new tires, new table, new fence….all that adds up. I’m not against spending the money on it, I just don’t think it will be worth it in the end.

I’m eyeing a Powermatic 14 that is priced exceptionally well and in great shape and I think I’m just looking for a justification to jump on that.

Also, I get the feeling that the kid selling the Delta is hard up and doesn’t know anything about the tool. So, I’m also straddling a moral dilemma too. I kinda want to buy it from him just to help him out, but there’s a little voice in my head that is telling me that there may be a drug habit that is motivating the sale…and I’m not sure if I want to deal with any of that…

So…it’s a little more complicated than being cheap… I was really just looking for folks to evangelize about the merits of this model or not, so I can feel better about my decision to pass on it. LOL

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#4 posted 08-23-2016 12:32 AM

Don’t know right now what number my 14” Delta is but I’ve had mine for 25 years or so and it still runs pretty descent.
No riser block but it’s been a pretty good band saw.
Morally, if you do or don’t buy it from the guy, it’s not going to change his habit, just make sure your not buying his grandpa’s saw without him knowing.

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 08-23-2016 12:33 AM

Doubt you will need a new table – it would have to be sitting out in the elements for years in order to rust it to the point of not being usable. Motor is probably fine as well – just put in new bearings. They are hard to kill. Figure an extra $100 on top of sale price for bearings, tires and a new belt. They are easy to work on and unless there is some major broken parts, well worth $100.

Just in case you were wondering, I believe the 203 was made around the late 80’s, early 90’s. If you can get a serial number, you can confirm. This was just before being sold to Black and Decker and I’m pretty sure they were still being made in the US at that time. It’s not quite as beefy as the older ones, but still the same castings and other major parts (most changes came as thinner sheet metal, open stand, more plastic bits, etc…). Still a nice saw, and what all the cheaper Asian cast iron bandsaws are cloned from.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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