What brand should I upgrade when it comes 14" Band saws???

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08-03-2010 05:15 PM

Hi there, I looking to upgrade my 12” craftsman to 14” Band saw. I have looked at many brands and reviewed there features. I have narrowed it down to 2, The Delta 28-206 14” 1 hp band saw, and the Jet 14” closed 1 hp band saw.

What are your opinions in this subject. Are these brands good, or are there others.

Thanks, Michael Frey

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 05:33 PM

Take a look at Grizzly tools. They make excellent machines at great prices.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 05:47 PM

I have the Jet with a riser and I love it. I hear that Grizzly is good also.

-- Daniel

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Blair Helgason

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 05:52 PM

I recently bought a used Delta 14” 1 hp. It’s not perfectly tuned yet but I really like it and I’m confident that it’ll only get better as I begin to tune it up.

-- Blair

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 05:52 PM

I have Grizzly’s G0555 with the riser and couldn’t be happier.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 05:59 PM

The Grizzly, the Jet, Delta, Porter Cable, all are basically the same machine. They all have slightly different features. Such as where the dust port is or in the case of a used model the lack of dust port.
They all can take a 6” riser block to give them a 12” cutting capacity.
Don’t forget that if you want to resaw anything greater than 6”.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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Steven H

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 06:22 PM

All these bandsaw you listed are manufactured in a same building. I do not see a difference in quality.
You did not say what your budget is.
But take at these saws.

Grizzly G0555

Grizzly G0555P

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

I just bought the grizzly g0513×2 17”. It has 12” resaw and 2 horse motor. Can be wired for 220 or 110. It comes prewired for 220. The saw a mobile base and 1” blade cost me just over a thousand. I went and picked it up so I didn’t have to pay freight.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 08-03-2010 07:32 PM

Every Delta bandsaw i ever used was a pure pleasure.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 08-03-2010 07:36 PM

Isn’t the 28-207 a really old (like 1950s) model?

Or did you mean a 28-206 or 28-276?

I once bought Delta’s open stand 14” BS. I was very disappointed and returned it.

Then I jumped all the way in the other direction and got a Powermatic. The experience with the Delta made me leery of inexpensive machines so I didn’t consider Grizzly.

After living with the PM for a couple years and having subsequently bought multiple machines from Grizzly, I’m pretty sure I spent a lot of money for no particular reason. Go with Grizzly.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#10 posted 08-03-2010 09:31 PM

I have a Jet, have used a delta and I feel you can’t go wrong with either of them. Both are good machines but I would lean to the Jet. (just more familiar with them is all). I’m sure Grizzly is a fine machine as well. Have fun with any of those saws.

-- Rusty

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#11 posted 08-03-2010 10:22 PM

I have a new Jet closed-stand saw (bought it two months ago) ... I love it. The only thing it needs is a quick release for the blade tension, which the Grizzly G0555 does have.

What tipped the balance in favor of the Jet was a really deep discount through a local machine that does not charge shipping. Also, I have a Jet tablesaw and mortiser, and have been happy with both.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 08-03-2010 11:06 PM

Don’t forget to check out the Rikon saws.

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#13 posted 08-03-2010 11:21 PM

I guess it depends on what you plan to use the saw for. I have a Grizzly GO555 with the riser and it resaws very well.

-- "Just my opinion, I may be right"

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#14 posted 08-04-2010 01:48 AM

Sorry I meant the Delta 28-206. (My bad)

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#15 posted 08-04-2010 02:27 AM

I have to second that recommendation to look into the Rikon. I spent a lot of time researching 14” bandsaws before going with the Rikon and I couldn’t be more pleased. The 13” resaw capacity (without the need for riser blocks) and the cabinet style frame put it a notch above the others in its class. I believe Woodcraft has them on sale right now too.

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