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Forum topic by Don Stephenson posted 04-14-2017 03:04 AM 2082 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Stephenson

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04-14-2017 03:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw bandsaw

Hey folks. I need a new bandsaw. The old 9”craftsman from 1901 just isn’t cutting it any more. So I know a guy that’s selling both a SHOP FOX W1706 and a DELTA 28-400 (both area scratch and dents, but both never used). Supposedly they both run perfectly.

Just want to know if the lumberjocks community had a preference. I can’t find much in the specs between the two that would make one better than the other (although the SF is able to have an extension added for extra ripping height). Any opinions would be greatly appreciated! Links to both models are below:

Delta 28-400

Shop Fox W1706

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/


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Hockey

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 03:59 AM

I was looking at the Shop Fox just yesterday at a local hardware store. Looks solidly built. I am tempted to get it; but, I am also tempted by the Grizzly G0555LX. Never seen the Delta one you are comparing, so I can’t tell you which I would choose. Nice thing about the Shop Fox for me is that it is stocked in a local hardware store.

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#2 posted 04-15-2017 08:41 PM

I’ve owned the Shop Fox for a year and am very happy with it. I added the 6” extension block a few months ago.
I like the cast iron wheels on the Shop Fox as opposed to the aluminum ones on the Delta.

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 01:35 AM



I was looking at the Shop Fox just yesterday at a local hardware store. Looks solidly built. I am tempted to get it; but, I am also tempted by the Grizzly G0555LX. Never seen the Delta one you are comparing, so I can t tell you which I would choose. Nice thing about the Shop Fox for me is that it is stocked in a local hardware store.

- Hockey

The grizzly GO555LX is on sale right now for $525. Not in stock though. Comes in around mid May.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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#4 posted 04-16-2017 03:19 AM

I would go with the Shop Fox personally, due to the cast iron support and possible extension block.

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#5 posted 04-16-2017 04:53 AM

I was looking at the Shop Fox just yesterday at a local hardware store. Looks solidly built. I am tempted to get it; but, I am also tempted by the Grizzly G0555LX. Never seen the Delta one you are comparing, so I can t tell you which I would choose. Nice thing about the Shop Fox for me is that it is stocked in a local hardware store.

- Hockey

The grizzly GO555LX is on sale right now for $525. Not in stock though. Comes in around mid May.

- BillyDoubleU

Thanks. I saw that. Makes it very tempting. I know the Grizzly price doesn’t include shipping; but, the Shop Fox at the local hardware store is $730.00.

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#6 posted 04-16-2017 05:21 AM


I was looking at the Shop Fox just yesterday at a local hardware store. Looks solidly built. I am tempted to get it; but, I am also tempted by the Grizzly G0555LX. Never seen the Delta one you are comparing, so I can t tell you which I would choose. Nice thing about the Shop Fox for me is that it is stocked in a local hardware store.

- Hockey

The grizzly GO555LX is on sale right now for $525. Not in stock though. Comes in around mid May.

- BillyDoubleU

Thanks. I saw that. Makes it very tempting. I know the Grizzly price doesn t include shipping; but, the Shop Fox at the local hardware store is $730.00.

- Hockey

$725.94 with a mobile base after shipping and lift gate service.

Has a 6” riser block available for purchase as well. Comes with a fence and miter gauge.

I couldn’t pass it up.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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Hockey

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#7 posted 04-16-2017 02:14 PM

BillyDoubleU, congratulations. Now, the waiting is the hard part. The mobile base would be a necessary option for me.

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#8 posted 04-16-2017 02:21 PM



BillyDoubleU, congratulations. Now, the waiting is the hard part. The mobile base would be a necessary option for me.

- Hockey

Thanks!

I have lots of plans for that saw ;)

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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#9 posted 08-05-2017 08:14 PM

Any follow-up on these bandsaws? I’m really considering the Delta 28-400, but I see a lot recommending Shop Fox or Grizzly instead.

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#10 posted 08-05-2017 08:23 PM

0555LX here. No regrets.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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TaySC

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#11 posted 08-05-2017 08:28 PM

Any follow-up on these bandsaws? I’m really considering the Delta 28-400, but I see a lot recommending Shop Fox or Grizzly instead.


0555LX here. No regrets.
Bill

- Bill White

I assume the Grizzly just comes on a truck and they meet you at the road for pickup? Grizzly seems like a solid product, just wish they were sold at a local store.

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#12 posted 08-05-2017 08:30 PM

The steel frame is stiffer and better able to tension blades properly. The cast iron frame will flex more. Only advantage to the cast iron frame is the ability to add a riser block – which adds even more flex. Generally, if you want more re-saw capacity, it’s better to get a bigger saw. If you are cool with the cast iron frame saws, then you may want to consider finding a used Delta, which the others are clones of, and can be found for significantly less green.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#13 posted 08-05-2017 08:32 PM

As of today, i will only buy a sawstop.

Massive jagged fracture, 15 stitches (Not enough meat for the rest), so I’d say price the sawstop. Imho

-- Gary, Texas "That’s just my $.02 and I have no personal experience so take it with a grain of salt ;-P, HokieKen"

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#14 posted 08-05-2017 08:39 PM

[...] so I’d say price the sawstop.
- doubleG469

I was unaware that they made a band saw – please point us to more info on it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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BillyDoubleU

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#15 posted 08-05-2017 09:07 PM

Must be talking about a table saw.

Either way. I really like my g0555LX. It’s the first bandsaw I’ve used since high school so take that into account.

I tuned it the Snodgrass way and it runs quite and great. I have the riser block but am gonna wear this current blade out before putting it on. I can only imagine what a proper quality blade would add.

The dust collects in the bottom wheel house. I use a shop vac so it gets a touch of the dust a dust collector would of course be better.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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