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Forum topic by jjminch posted 01-03-2019 03:30 PM 426 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jjminch

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01-03-2019 03:30 PM

I have a Delta 14” Bandsaw, Model 28-278 (Made in USA circa 2002). I’m looking for a Riser kit if anyone has one available or has seen a good deal.

I found some on eBay but they were $250 which is more than what I have in the saw itself!

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Josh


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RobHannon

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#1 posted 01-03-2019 03:49 PM

Pretty sure a lot of saws have that exact same frame design, including some of the Jet 14” bandsaws and the Grizzly 555 bandsaw. I have a Jet riser on my Grizzly saw because I found it way cheaper.

You will likely need to do some tweaking on the blade guard change. That is where I found slight design changes.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 01-03-2019 05:27 PM

Seems like nobody loves or supports the old Delta equipment anymore. (Must be because they have changed hands so many times.) My band saw is an old 1930’s vintage Delta and the riser block was already in place when I was lucky enough to acquire it. It is definitely a valuable upgrade if you want to do any re-sawing. I think that RobHannon is probably correct about retro fitting other brands. I checked Rockler, Highland Woodworking, ereplacementparts.com, and Amazon.
No luck but Rockler has a Jet kit for $109.
You could probably haunt Ebay and CL to find a better deal but it might take a while for something to come along.
BTW, RobHannon, Jet and Powermatic have some cross pollenation in their product lines so maybe Grizzly does too.
Good luck jjminch

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jjminch

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#3 posted 01-03-2019 07:10 PM

Thanks for the replies. I hopped on Amazon and saw some reviews/comments about modifying a Jet kit to fit a Delta. One said it was possible the other said he couldn’t do it.

From what I could gather the block is the same size but locating pins and blade guards don’t match up.

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#4 posted 01-03-2019 07:22 PM

I don’t think you’ll find one that’s plug and play other than the OEM. They will all require a little work to make them fit. I had a 28-245 (a couple of years older than yours) and put the riser kit on it. I gave it to my nephew, maybe I should have kept the riser kit and put it on e bay!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 01-03-2019 08:43 PM


I don t think you ll find one that s plug and play other than the OEM. They will all require a little work to make them fit.
- Fred Hargis

+1

You need to be very selective on the riser kit that you get. There are companies (whose names I can’t remember) that carry all of that stuff and can cross-reference. It’s hard to get a match unless it is specifically designed for that model/brand, so don’t trust the generic Amazon sellers on this without calling them directly. The riser bar on some is hexagonal while some are round. The guides don’t always line up depending on the retrofit kit you get.

Just curious…..What are your plans for the saw? The reason I ask is because so many people (me included) want to use the saw for resawing tall hardwood stock. Just be forewarned that putting a 3/4” blade on a 14” cast iron saw with a riser block really pushes that saw and its clones to the edge of their abilities. I spent $ on risers, guides, tires etc but after a year of frustration ended up selling the saw and buying a one piece cast steel saw like a Griz, Laguna or Jet. I know people will say that it works great for them but my mileage varied.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 01-03-2019 11:37 PM

Yeah my g0555 isn’t stellar either. I’m about to start putting time and money into it to improve it… Keeping my fingers crossed. It’s ok though.

Grizzly riser kit is $88. Don’t know about Delta fitment though.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-Riser-Block-Kit-for-G0555LANV/T25554

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Mike Turner

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#7 posted 01-04-2019 12:34 AM

I have an older Delta 14” I got my riser kit from Grizzzly.It worked out really good.I had to reposition one hole.It wasnt hard at all. Never regretted it.Cant remember the model or part number now. Less than $100

-- Mike,North Carolina

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jjminch

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#8 posted 01-04-2019 02:29 AM

The grizzly kit looks just like the shopfox one on amazon. Someone there said it fit their delta as well.

Andy-

I’d like to resaw at some point. I have some small pine trees on my property I thought I could rip into something usuable. I just got into bandsaws and only have one oddball blade to go with it. My thought was rather than purchase all 93.5” blades and then upgrade later, that I would just tackle it now.

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#9 posted 01-11-2019 11:23 PM

A number of years ago I was able to find a block and the machined shaft for the upper blade guides as separate items on Ebay. I was able to find an extra long bolt that passes through the block from a local seller of fasteners ($8-$10 as I recall). I then made the longer left guard out of !/4” acrylic and cobbled together the right guard out of some scrap sheet metal. This may be an option you can try if you can’t find a kit for a reasonable price.

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Kirk650

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#10 posted 01-12-2019 02:03 AM

If you happen to be anywhere near central Texas, I’ll give you a riser kit for that saw. Still in the box.

Free to anybody that will come get it or meet me a reasonable distance from here.

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jjminch

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#11 posted 01-12-2019 03:40 AM



If you happen to be anywhere near central Texas, I’ll give you a riser kit for that saw. Still in the box.

Free to anybody that will come get it or meet me a reasonable distance from here.

Thanks. I’ll take it. Sent you a PM.

- Kirk650


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