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Forum topic by groland posted 07-21-2010 04:49 PM 1490 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2010 04:49 PM

I have a chance to buy a Delta 28-243 bandsaw. The seller (second owner) is asking $100.00. Is this a good saw, and is the price reasonable?

Couple more questions. There is no bracket for attaching a rip fence and no crosscut fence coming with this saw. I looked up the parts manual on the Web, and I didn’t see them listed, but I also saw a couple photos of the same saw in another person’s workshop. Can anyone tell me if this saw came with these parts or were they extras?

Anything I should watch out for in checking the saw over before purchase?

Many thanks,


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#1 posted 07-21-2010 05:00 PM

Sounds like a god deal if the saw is newer, Things you should look out for are bearings, motor, and stability, unplug the saw take off blade tension and open both doors, then spin gently the wheels by hand checking for hit against trouble then gently pull wheel back and forth a little play in the bearing is acceptable and should not be excessive put it all back together and run the saw if you can, take piece of wood and run it through the saw to check loading the motor, most motors if bad will run idle and stop dead under some kinda load :)
keep us posted

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#2 posted 07-21-2010 05:21 PM

Take a real close look at the trunnions that mount the table. People have a habit of moving saws with the table and the trunnions are cheap pot metal and break easily. I would also look at the bearings on the main shaft, remove the blade and the belt and spin it by hand, it should be quiet and no lateral play. The upper wheel bearings should be looked at as well. Take a long straight edge and see that the upper and lower wheel are coplaner.

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