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10-03-2016 10:12 PM

My old Delta 28-245 has a broken lower blade guide assembly which is no longer made. I found 1 on Ebay but for over $100. Think it is time for a new bandsaw.

I have numerous, did I mention numerous, quality Timberwolf 93 1/2” blades on hand. Resawing is probably something I will not do, haven’t needed to yet since I sold my business I have a large home workshop for just me and the wife and we make porch rockers and adirondack chairs.

Hoping some of yall may already own one of these saws that I have narrowed my search down to and can shed some light on the buying process.

Grizzly GO555, 1 hp, 93 1/2” blade, 6” resaw. aluminum wheels. $634 delivered

Jet JWBS 14CS, 1 hp, 93 1/2” blade, 6” resaw, aluminum wheels. $749 delivered

Grizzly GO555X, 1.5hp, 93 1/2” blade, 6 1/2” rewsaw, cast iron wheels, $938 delivered

Jet JWBS 14DXPRO 1.25hp, 105” blade, (extra cost for new blades) 12” resaw, cast iron wheels, $999 delivered

Thanks for your help

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#1 posted 10-03-2016 10:20 PM

There was a lower blade guide assembly for sale over at OWWM recently ($20 + shipping and might still be available), and they pop up routinely. You could also post a WTB ad to see if anyone has one they can part with. Even that $100 one on the bay is still a lot cheaper than buying a new asian imported clone.


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

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#2 posted 10-03-2016 11:23 PM

Jet Pro for sure.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#3 posted 10-04-2016 12:22 AM

I have both of the Jet units that you listed. I am very satisfied with both. If you don’t see much resawing in your future, then I see no reason to get the Jet PRO. I have two friends that recently purchased the Shop Fox 14” and are happy. Probably less than any price you have listed but they both picked theirs up at the store (no freight). As far as freight, tho, there seem to be a lot of “free shipping” promotions going on. That is significant for something like a bandsaw!

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#4 posted 10-04-2016 02:39 AM

I like the Pro because of several features. One is the tension release. Very handy. The other is the resaw capacity. You might not use it now or use it a lot, but it’s nice to have if you decide to resaw. Always better to have it and not need it… know the rest. lol

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#5 posted 10-04-2016 11:18 AM

If the bandsaw is still good other than the guide, why not get a Carter guide set for it. Would be less than buying a new bandsaw.

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#6 posted 10-04-2016 11:57 AM

If you are up to it maybe consider building one like Matthias Wandel did at woodgears. He has built 14 and 16” bandsaws. I built the 16” and it works better than my old store bought 14”. I am glad I built it and love using it.

Good luck.

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#7 posted 10-04-2016 01:05 PM

Grizzly – I’ve had mine for two years. Love it. Had issues with delivery but not Grizzly’s fault

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#8 posted 10-04-2016 03:16 PM

Since you don’t claim to resaw, you may be able to do away with the lower guide completely.

Cost? $0.00

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#9 posted 10-04-2016 07:02 PM

I agree with Splintergroup that the lower guide may not be needed. I have not used one for over ten years and have used my bandsaw for many things, one of he most frequent being resawing usually with common hardwoods such as oak, maple and walnut. I’ve just finish a set of six dining chairs with each having over 60 resawed pieces making various laminated curved parts. My 1/2 hp Delta bandsaw is from the mid-1970’s and has seen a lot of use. The most critical setup item is the alignment; check to be sure everything is square and centered, and make quick rechecks as you work. This keeps the blade from wandering as well as cutting square. I usually use a 1/2 inch 3 tpi blade for just about everything except tight curves.

-- Marty O'C

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#10 posted 10-06-2016 12:05 PM

Well, after much thought and a little research and considering your advise, last night I sprung for a Carter Upgrade Kit to the tune of $179 plus shipping. I am anxious to compare the guide bearing usage to the old cool blocks that were on the Delta. This is a cheaper fix than a new saw.
There is one factor that weighed in on this decision that I neglected to mention in my original post. When my Dad passed in 2009, I had found a brand new 2hp GE motor in his shop. By brother did not want it, so I put it on my Delta band saw with the expectation of adding a riser block for resawing (which I have not since I have not found a need for it) So, with that in mind, I felt the Carter kit was worth a try to preserve the old saw for this 70yr old….I hope that both have a lot of woodworking years left.
Thanks for the advise. Let yall know how the Carter Kit works out.

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#11 posted 10-06-2016 12:12 PM

Much better move than springing for a new jet tool.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#12 posted 10-06-2016 12:22 PM

What Brad said.

Any saw with cast iron wheels are better. For the diff in price, I would go with the Jet even though you have to buy new blades.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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