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Forum topic by Larry posted 03-08-2013 08:22 AM 8246 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 08:22 AM

I have the opportunity on two different used bandsaws. One is bluish color Jet WBS-14 and the other is a Delta 28-280 with a riser and Carter guides. The Delta looks appears very clean. I am not sure of the age of either but it seems the Delta was made around 2000 and I wasn’t sure what year(s) Jet shipped the saw in that color. Any advice will be helpful. Pictures are shown.

Thanks for any advice on the value of these saws.

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 12:58 PM

You did not mention prices.

How well do they run?

What you want to do with a bandsaw?

How much do you know about fixing a band saw? Talking about set up, tune up and making repairs.

While Delta looks like been taken care of better might not be best bargain. How well does it run? Does the owner want a price of new band saw?

Jet, while looks rough if runs well should clean up nice if price is right and you know how to make some repairs. Think Jet went from blue to white sometime in the 1990’s.

I would want the Delta if runs good and price is right. Parts & manuals not hard to find old Delta band saws.
Would not pay more than $100-$150 for old Jet, not sure about manuals and parts.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 01:15 PM

I can’t speak for the jet, but I have the delta. It does well. It also appears that the Jet does not offer you a fence. The delta fence is ok, not great, but ok. It has a locking nut so once you have your position you can lock it in on the far side. Again, as stated above, how do they run? Voltage? My delta is 220v. The delta also comes with a mobile base. SO there are some features one has, that the other doesn’t but back to operation. Tire condition, bearings quiet, etc.

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 01:52 PM

The delta certianly looks better taken care of, has a fence, and riser block installed. That might be reflected in the price differernce between the two. But, if they’re comparable in price, the Delta would certainly be a good pick.

Rumor is thought that Delta may be on the decline so that might be something to consider too if you need parts. I don’t own either so I can’t comment on the power and capabilities.

What’s the prices of each?

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 02:00 PM

I have not seen either saw yet. Will see the Delta first on Saturday. Depending on how that goes, I will then look at the Jet. The asking price currently for the Delta is $650 and the Jet is $360. I think the Delta is probably worth about $450 with the riser, carter guides and fence. If it is USA made I may go up $50. Not sure I can get it for that. The seller has not yet listed the Delta. He responded to my WTB on CL. So he may try it first at his price so I do not have a lot negotiating room yet as he hasn’t heard silence on $650 for 10-12 year old saw.

The Jet appears way overpriced to me. Seems like $150-$200 is more realistic given the age, no riser, no fence and needs a major cleanup. The seller indicated firm on $360. He has had it a while on CL so he may not be as firm as he once has.

Thanks for your replies.

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 02:20 PM

The asking price currently for the Delta is $650 and the Jet is $360.

Walk away and keep looking.. much better deals are out there to be found, you just need to be patient and let the deal come to you.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 05:41 PM

This is on CL here in Cincinnati, might be worth a drive for you.

I have one like it,from the late 1940’s. I love it. I also have a Jet that’s maybe 5 or 6 years old. The Delta/Milwaukee
is much better. The Jet is a clone of the Delta with thinner cast iron and plastic knobs. I don’t know anything about the Delta’s made in Asia.

I’ve heard that the riser for the newer Delta’s will not work on the old ones, but I don’t know that for certain. I’d like to find out if it can be done, and I’ll sell that Jet .

-- My reality check bounced...

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#7 posted 03-08-2013 05:47 PM

Age is not a great deal breaker. An older machine in good condition can be a better machine than one much newer. Quality will always sell.

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#8 posted 03-08-2013 05:55 PM

They are both priced way out of range…

The Jet I would consider at most $200-250 if it was in much much better condition and only then if it was nearby, meaning next block over, otherwise I wouldent even consider it.

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14 posts in 1967 days

#9 posted 03-08-2013 06:48 PM

I did see the Cincinnati posting…perhaps I wil call on that one…thx

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#10 posted 03-08-2013 06:52 PM

If you’re willing to consider paying $650 for a
14” saw, consider looking for a larger steel
framed or cast iron vintage saw.

I see used 18” and 20” saws for sale often enough
in the $500-$700 range.

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#11 posted 03-08-2013 07:01 PM

To clarify, I have an interest in the Delta saw but not at $650. $650 is what the seller quoted in an email. I consider that his top price but not his bottom price…

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#12 posted 03-08-2013 07:05 PM

I paid $100.00 for mine
The Delta should not go for more the $250.00.
Keep looking/shopping you will find what you need at a reasonnable price.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 03-08-2013 07:20 PM

There’s no way that Delta, set up the way it is, is worth only $250, unless you’re in an area where there’s many competitors for sale. Of course, location, location, and location are the three keys with used machines. In my local area, the only thing close is a well-used, 3 phase 14” Walker Turner for $600, and a roached 14” Delta for $400.

I have the 1-1/2HP X5 version of that saw. It’s an excellent machine. Mine was $850 new, without Carter Guides, fence, mobile base, riser kit, or the front DC hood, in 2002. The subject of this discussion includes all of those extra items, and appears well cared for.

Here in the Northeast, I don’t think he’s way out of the ballpark @ $650. I would try to get it for $500, but would still be comfy paying $550, as equipped and conditioned. It’s a far better saw than any $600 new saw. As Loren mentioned, if you’ve got the space, don’t rule out bigger tools.

I’d pass on the Jet.

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#14 posted 03-08-2013 08:17 PM

Bert’s way off base with his comment on the Delta saw.

As configured, the seller could pretty easily get $500 for it.

The Jet will probably sell for 250 – 300.

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#15 posted 03-08-2013 08:59 PM

The have the Delta and it a great saw. The riser blocks and Carter guides are easily worth $100 alone. If you can get him in the $450/ $500 range I’d say go for the Delta.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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