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TDog77

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03-16-2012 01:47 PM

Cannot find a ton of information on this one and don’t exactly know what the “grand” edition means. I think it has been posted for some time and might be more negotiable rather then less.

http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/2899967197.html


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 02:07 PM

At some point in the 90’s, Delta had a promotion using Norm as their spokesman and offering the “grand” edition tools. As far as I know the big point was they were painted in that ivory color (which I thought looked very nice) and some price reductions for the promotions. Consider it a standard Delta 14” BS, and if it was made in USA (I can’t remember, but I suspect it was) it would be a nice saw to have. I can’t remember what motor that had, but it may be 1 HP…which would up it’s value. I doubt I would spend $500 on it, maybe $350-$400….but I have a sometimes odd sense of value.

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

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 02:59 PM

Grand Schmand. Don’t let that impress you too much, but I noticed that they even used that title on the owner’s manual. They must have been so proud!

If it’s USA, it’s a lifetime saw if the capacities work for you. Looks well tended. While you can get a used saw for three, I’d pungle up four for that one.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 03:10 PM

I have an early 80’s delta 14” BS, and it’s a great machine (by my standards at least) I got off CL. Price does seem a little steep. I’d show up with $400 cash in hand, if he doesn’t take it, I’d leave my number and let him know it’s been posted for quite some time, and if he decides he’s ready to get rid of it for $400 cash, to call. If it’s been up for a while he may very likely call sooner rather than later. If he’s not using it and can’t sell it, he’s getting $0 out of it.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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WinterSun

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 03:17 PM

I’m with Lee and Ed; shoot for $400.

Fred’s right: Grand edition simply means white paint.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 03:21 PM

You can also tell him that the white shows dirt more, that’s a negative, and should bring the price down $100.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Doss

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 08:42 PM

I will go ahead and say that this saw may be very similar to the Porter Cable saw that Lowe’s sells for $395-399. There may be a few differences here and there, but the Porter Cable one seems to be a rebadged Delta.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_78159-46069-PCB330BS_0__?productId=3162487&Ntt=bandsaw&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__0__s%3FNtt%3Dbandsaw&facetInfo=

I don’t know how they’ve decontented it over the years (due to the merger and brand realignment and dilution), but they may be close enough for you.

Other than that, I’ve heard of people walking away with the Grand Edition for 450-550 bucks with extras added to it (blades, fence, mobile base, etc.). Take that for what it’s worth.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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TDog77

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 08:53 PM

Just spoke with him and it is 10 years old not used once but he is only willing to go 475. It is American made….what you think with the new details?

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 10:08 PM

From what I can tell:

http://books.google.com/books?id=tPYDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=delta+14%22+bandsaw+grand+edition&source=bl&ots=B9dwtbJsEG&sig=LzPlnhV2PBwTrTLs5eKIqo6Q7Dc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XrljT8OtAqWssgLa-t2bCw&ved=0CIcBEOgBMAQ#v=onepage&q=delta%2014%22%20bandsaw%20grand%20edition&f=false

It is just a heavily-factory accessorized 14” plus white paint. If it has all that stuff with it, I’d say $475 is fair if it runs right since the $400+tax Porter Cable saw doesn’t have all the extras that one does (but it is newer if that means anything to you).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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ben10

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#9 posted 03-17-2012 01:28 PM

I’ d say try to get it for $400. That would be a “good deal”. The mobile base & fence add to the value, so $475 isn’t bad either.

-- Ben

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HalDougherty

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#10 posted 03-17-2012 02:06 PM

I clicked on the Porter-Cable link above and the saw looks a lot like the Ridgid BS I bought from a Craig’s List ad for $150. It also looks like the same saw is marketed by Harbor Freight and Grizzly. Does anyone know if these are made by the same manufacturer or if they just look alike?

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 03-17-2012 02:14 PM

Tdog77: “Just spoke with him and it is 10 years old not used once but he is only willing to go 475. It is American madeā€¦.what you think with the new details?”

Only you know what the saw is worth to you, someone mentioned the fence and mobile base, I had overlooked that earlier. I think I would be willing to go $475 with the extras, though $400 is still probably close to true value. At times I’ll pay more for a tool if it’s one I really want…..and I really like that saw. Did you happen to find out the motor HP? 1 HP would seal it for me.

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

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RussellAP

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#12 posted 03-17-2012 02:47 PM

It looks like the central machinery 4 speed 14 in bandsaw with a mod on the table for a fence. HF has the same machine in green for $360 all day. I’d get that one.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Loren

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#13 posted 03-17-2012 05:52 PM

Pass. Let him know you’d pay $400 and walk away. He’ll
probably call you later.

This saw is superior, imo:
http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/2861439142.html

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TDog77

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#14 posted 03-17-2012 06:19 PM

I did not check on the HP, which is stupid as it was a question on my list but we started bs’ing as he just retired and is moving but his shop is shrinking considerably.

Loren, thanks for actually looking at my local ads, the dedication and help on this forum is second to none, I hope some day when I am not a total newb on some of these machines that I can return the favor. Is Inca a good brand, I did not see anything on a quick search but I will now check some more.

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Loren

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#15 posted 03-17-2012 06:48 PM

I was aware that a couple of guys in Colorado had Inca machines
for sale. They are kind of a cult thing, designed and made in
Switzerland, later made in France. Production has ceased so
don’t buy one in need of repair. If treated well they are durable
and precise machines. I’ve owned about a dozen different Inca
machines over the years.

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