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Forum topic by Smitty316 posted 08-19-2017 03:09 AM 373 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2017 03:09 AM

I just picked up a used Delta 14” 28-212 bandsaw. None of the companies on line show this model number so I’m not sure how to order parts. Has anyone had experience with this particular saw and finding parts?

Thanks, Mike


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#1 posted 08-19-2017 03:18 AM

As mentioned in the other thread you asked on – there are basically only two Delta 14” cast iron saws. One is a single speed wood only model, and the other being a multi-speed wood/metal model. The catalog number is for the most part pretty meaningless. While the saws themselves were identical, the catalog number would change based on stuff like what stand it shipped on. Pretty much all wood models are the same with just minor and/or cosmetic changes. The wood/metal is about the same, although the gear box went through a few different revisions. Most of the changes involved minor revisions like going from removable wheel covers to hinged ones, placement of the motor, switching from a wood to plastic rear blade guard, etc…

What parts are you looking for? They are plentiful since the machines remained essentially the same over the decades.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 08-19-2017 12:14 PM

Thank you Brad, I plan to give it a tune up before I replace my old saw. I want to replace the tires, guides and it’s missing the throat plate. Any of the on line parts stores require a model number to place an order, so when I used this model/catalog number, they all say that they do not show this saw and cannot help me. They do show the 28-209 and 28-216. Should I just use one of those numbers to order parts?

Sorry about the double post. I thought I should get this into a more appropriate place.

Thanks for your help,

Mike

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#3 posted 08-19-2017 06:49 PM

28-203, 28-207, 28-209, etc… (28-2xx is wood only, 28-3xx is wood/metal) they are all basically the same machine with different options. Tires and throat plates are generic and should not need a specific model number… just find some for a 14” Delta. As for the guides… are you looking for the steel guide blocks or the whole assembly? If you have the stock HSS blocks, they can easily be re-faced on a grinder or with a file.

You may want to read through this thread for some info: Delta 28-206 Band saw - buying advice needed - worth 350? (it’s actually a 28-212)

And if you haven’t already, here is the obligatory band saw tune up video you should watch:
Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You can probably make your own faceplate if you are creative… Check this thread out over at OWWM. I have made my own out of both wood and HDPE (recycled milk jugs).

PSS: What year is your machine? I checked the 2002 Delta web site and they did not have a 28-212 listed. Maybe post a picture?

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#4 posted 08-19-2017 07:48 PM

Great! Thank you. I’m in the process of making the throat plate now. It’s missing one of the high speed steel guide blocks so I’ll probably buy one, although I have some Osage orange that I might make a pair out of. I don’t know the year, but I’ll see if I can post a picture later. Thank you for the links and all your help.

Mike

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#5 posted 08-19-2017 07:51 PM

You can date the saw from the serial number.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 08-19-2017 08:01 PM

Cool. My serial number is 02D35309 so I guess that means my machine was built in April of 2002. Does that make sense?

Thanks, Mike

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#7 posted 08-19-2017 09:01 PM

Well, the Delta web site from 2002 doesn’t list a 28-212 like I mentioned previously… they show a 28-203, which is the saw by itself (no stand, motor or switch). The one on an enclosed stand w/1hp motor is listed as the 28-280. They might have had some other special offer for a retailer (like Home Depot or Lowes) with a special number, but they don’t show it on the web site, and I don’t have a catalog for that year to confirm. It’s probably a pretty safe bet to just call it a 28-203 and start making some sawdust :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 08-19-2017 09:57 PM

Here’s a pic of the saw and the throat plate I made. I only had this 1/8” scrap laying around and the finished piece had to be 1/32” under that so I mounted it on my lathe and cut a shoulder into it. I just need a guide block and then it’s ready for sawdust.

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