Anybody have a 14-inch Delta bandsaw (#28-275), or know someone that does?

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11-02-2010 01:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw delta 28-275 14-inch bandsaw 14 bandsaw

I have the opportunity to possibly pick-up a Delta 28-275 bandsaw (14-inch) off of Craigslist for what I feel is a pretty good price. It also includes 2-new blades, and an after market adjustable fence and resaw guide (not sure which ones). He also added a dust port and dust collection mounts.

I know this is a little older saw, but it supposedly has not been used much at all.

I am wondering what the overall consensus is regarding this bandsaw? I know I have a brand new Harbor Freight 14-inch bandsaw in the basement, but I’m having issues getting it together (long story). Maybe I can sell that to someone else that wants to take on the challenge? I only paid $150 for it, NIB, so I can probably get that back out of it. I will disclose to any interested parties what the issue is that I’m having as I’m not out to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes.

I’m not sure if this is Made in the USA, or Taiwan? I also know that it’s pretty robust, weighing in at around 225-pounds. That’s a chunk heavier than the HF unit, probably by 50-75-pounds. That’s a good thing in my opinion… less chance for vibration, etc. I have read conflicting internet info. on the motor size, either 3/4-HP, or 1-HP. Any insight here would be helpful as well.

Any thoughts or words of advice on this bandsaw? It will be coming together in a package deal with a slew of Incra router parts. If I can have a bandsaw that actually works, that’ll help with a few projects coming up. Not to mention the fact that it’d free up time to work on planning and building a router table for the Incra stuff.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 01:54 AM

Sorry I don’t have one. But I would suggest you put the brand and model in your title for more help.

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 01:58 AM

Thanks Jim. I put it in the tag/keywords area, but forgot to put it in the title!

Suggestion noted and omission corrected.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 02:13 AM

Hi Jonathon
I am partial to the older wood working machines, so you are getting a prejudice opinion from me. I have heard enough good about these old 14’s to be convinced they are great band saws. The only drawback I can think of is a small resaw capacity. ( around 6 inches I think). If the bearings have never been changed, it is probably time (motor too) but that isn’t all that difficult. and is flooded with info on these old band saws. I am a bottom feeder, an would much rather buy an old solid built machine, rebuild it, and have a good quality tool that will outlast modern aluminum, sheet metal, an plastic overpriced crap. Not o mention stay adjusted once you get it dialed in. I do know these band saws don’t have any proprietary bearings, or bushings, an parts are redily available.
Good Luck


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#4 posted 11-02-2010 02:21 AM

If it is up and running, try it and see what you think. I bought one of the made in China ones a year or two ago, and it did great work as a paint shaker, no so good as a bandsaw. From what I have read a lot of the issues were in quality control, so some worked much better than others. If it is old american, at most it should need some new bearings, and maybe a tension spring. More hp is better if you are doing resawing, though good blades are even more important.

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#5 posted 11-02-2010 02:27 AM

I have an old Delta 14”. Had it for years. Can still get parts, works great. Good for most work.
Thing about a band saw, get it adjusted right, good hardware on all parts, sharp blade, there you go….......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 02:44 AM

I do not own one, but have used them a lot. A great saw. My reason for not personally owning one of these saws is that it isn’t old enough. As long as the saw you are looking at is complete and nothing is broken, you will not be disappointed as long as it isn’t over priced.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 11-02-2010 02:51 AM

One more vote for “great saw”

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 11-02-2010 02:59 AM

I have one, upgrade it with 6”risers blocks, new guides and cooling blocks and offcourse a good blade.
Spend the time to get it adjusted properly.
I mainly use it for resawing and have no problems.

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 04:40 AM

Sounds like a good buy if you can check it out in person. Look at getting the carter upper and lower bearing set to go along with the riser. More money but way better than cooing blocks.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 11-02-2010 04:52 AM

I’ve had one for many years, use it regularly. Quite happy with it. I’d say keep it and sell the Harbor Freight.

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 05:05 AM

I have 2 older Rockwell Delta 14” bandsaws and am very happy with them. They are well built and are easy to maintain and use. Make sure you upgrade to the correct urethane tires and stiffer spring. I agree with the Carter guides.

BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 05:14 AM

I have one and my only complaint has been the resaw capacity. Had I been more experienced when I bought it, I would have spent less money on my table saw and put more money into a larger capacity band saw. Other than that, I would recommend it.

-- --Brian, Brooklyn, New York

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 05:27 AM

I have the 28-280 closed base w 1HP motor. Very good unit, had it 10 years-well built.

Only regret was not getting a much bigger Laguna

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#14 posted 11-02-2010 05:50 AM

I recommend having 2 bandsaws. One 14” or so for smaller cutting operations and a larger one for re-sawing and other larger types of cuts. I have 3 saws. Both of the 14” ones do not have the height extensions.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#15 posted 11-02-2010 06:11 AM

Check the tilt trunion on the saw under the table. That has been a problem with than bandsaw. If it’s not cracked by now, it’s probably out of a good batch.

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