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Forum topic by specialj posted 06-19-2011 06:11 AM 3518 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2011 06:11 AM

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Hey I m thinking of purchasing a used Delta bandsaw model 28- 203 1hp the guy is retired and asking $350 with a circle cutting jig.Anybody have and advice, i was recently considering the Grizzly ultimate 14” band saw which with shipping would be around $500.Any thoughts would be appreciated

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 08:06 AM

Is it one of the newer Delta bandsaw model 28- 203 1hp they were selling at Lowes for $389.00? The newer Delta 14” s are pure junk. If its a an older model (like ten years or more ago) it may be OK. So ask him “hey how old is this thing?” and if says ” oh this saws is almost new” then run away! Also 1hp is weak.

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 10:38 AM

How much is the Grizzly without shipping? I have an older Delta model 28-200. Mine is probably 20 years old and actually is an old Rockwell/Delta. It is a decent saw that pretty much does what I need it to do without complaining, but only has a 6” resaw height. I could get a riser block for it, but really don’t want to bother till I can afford a nicer/newer saw. I bought mine used for only $200. For $350, I would think that if you look around, you can find something better (the folks I bought mine from were also selling a Powermatic, but I was ten minutes too late calling them. and it would have only been $50 more) In my case, I bought mine from a millwork shop that was updating to an 18” saw. Keep your eye on the local Craigslist and the classifieds in your local paper. Patience will pay off if you wait till you find the saw you really want.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 10:27 PM

Thanks for your replies it is an older one & has cast aluminum wheels, is that good or bad i dont know it comes with a circle cutting kit and rolling stand.the grizzzly one is about $425 without shipping the guy said he would take $300

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#4 posted 06-19-2011 10:32 PM

MCase speaks his mind and I respect that. Incidentally, I agree.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 06:17 AM

cast iron wheels are considered to be superior. Al, hey great minds think alike!

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 07:20 AM

I have the Rockwell 28-200 circa 1972 with aluminum wheels. After I swapped out the 1/2 hp motor for a 2 hp 220v, I have been very happy. Iron wheels would be a plus, but as long as they are balanced, same-o, same-o. At 14”, the cast iron wheels really don’t add that much inertia to the spin. The motor is going to do all the work.

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#7 posted 06-21-2011 07:47 AM

If the Delta is in good shape, I’d go for it over the Griz in a heartbeat. $300 isn’t a bad price if all the major parts are in good working order, especially considering that most of the USA-built Deltas sport weaker 1/2 or 3/4 HP motors.

I do want to address mcase’s concern about quality. This isn’t one of those questionable Lowe’s machines. The 28-203 is the older USA-made single speed saw assembly with no motor or stand. The various configurations have their own model numbers which don’t appear on the machines. For example, the 28-203 saw on a closed stand with a 1 HP motor is actually a 28-293. Regardless of configuration, the 203 is solid and reliable. I’ve got one (technically a 28-283) in my shop.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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