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Forum topic by James Gallo posted 08-16-2012 08:56 AM 1697 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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James Gallo

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08-16-2012 08:56 AM

I’m new to the forum and fairly new to woodworking. I am trying to equip my shop, and have just purchased the last of my major stationary machines. It is a Delta 28-203F 14” bandsaw. I’m not sure what the F stands for, but I hope it’s not “Fail”.
Anyway, I paid $450 for this saw off of Craiglist, and I am wondering what some of your thoughts are on the deal I made. $450 was the asking price, and the seller would not negotiate. The only extras that came with the saw were a riser block ( installed), miter gauge, and a fence. The saw seems to be well maintained and was very well tuned.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 10:10 AM

Jim welcome to LJs and thank you for making me your buddy.
For help you could not have found a better place than LJ.
Ask questions, many questions and you will have answers, many answers.
Unfortunately you also get many different opinions which sometimes might makes a decision difficult to take, like chevy and ford, one prefers one brand to the other and would rather die than to change opinion.
Personally I buy my tools used on the local classified where I got some good deal.
I also buy new many tools at Harbor Freight.
Some LJ puck just hearing this name (ignore them. I belie that in fact they also shop there but that they refuse to admit it) but I have been buying tools from them for 30 or so years and I have been satisfied.
I also buy many Rigid tools, at Home depot, which I believe offer the best value in the “brand ” tools and a life time service agreement..
As to equip your shop, there are too many variable to give one advise; you must consider first the available room and budget and then the use of the tools you want to buy.
I do a lot of shopping around on the Internet and I also buy many things from Amazon.
Look at the top of this page there is a tab named “reviews” consult the reviews before you buy something but the reviews are mostly subjective rather than objective, there are only an indication of if some-one like or dislike a product more than the real quality of the tool.
Check also other people shops on LJ , you will get idea about how you want your shop to be.
Again be very welcome to LJ.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 01:09 PM

You bought a first rate saw. I have essentially the same saw on an open stand and am quite happy with it. (See here for a little more info). Prices vary a little by locations, but (IMHO) you paid a little too much, around here that would be a $350 or so saw. Not to fret, with the riser block you’re in good shape for a lifetime. Get some good blades and go to work. BTW, I’m not sure what the “F” stands for…I’ve not seen that on any Delta models numbers. It’ll be interesting if someone has an answer about that.

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

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