What to buy: Delta Model 28-276 vs Rikon 10-305

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Forum topic by bluephi1914 posted 04-11-2017 01:58 AM 1537 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2017 01:58 AM

Looking for an entry level band saw…250 range… i was considering the:

Rikon 10-305
craftsman 21400

but i saw this Delta Model 28-276 on CL from 2007 for $250

should the used delta be a no brainier … or would the new Rikon/craftsman serve me better.

here’s a picture of the delta…. as i know there were several variations of this model depending on the year.

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#1 posted 04-11-2017 05:29 AM

I have a Rikon and really like the cast iron wheels. I think the extra inertia they provide allows for a better cut.

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 06:56 AM

I have heard nothing but good things about the Rikon… The delta, not so much. Very mixed reviews about the delta…. But I figured it had to be as good as the rikon and with 14 inch capacity..

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 10:48 AM


-- Jack of all trades and a master of most of them.

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 12:53 PM

I think you’re heading in the right direction with the Delta. I can tell you as someone who just purchased a 14” Grizzly last year that I would have been very unhappy with anything with less capacity. And barring any serious manufacturing defects, a 14” bandsaw like that can be fine-tuned to operate more than adequately, though I am ignorant of this particular model, so take that with a grain of salt.
One other important note: if you put a 10” bandsaw on a stand or dedicated table, you sacrifice a lot of cutting capacity but only reduce your footprint minimally, if at all (if space is a concern in your shop).

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 12:58 PM

I’d pick the used Delta first and the new Rikon second.

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 01:18 PM

Delta out of the 3 you have listed.

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