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Forum topic by MikeD22 posted 09-25-2008 04:58 AM 1167 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2008 04:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw

I just found a used but in very good shape Delta 9” Band saw. I am pretty sure it is the same as this one…

Has anyone used this model, I don’t think it would be a bad beginner band saw as this would be my first one. The price of the saw is only $65 . What does everyone think? Worth it to start playing around with?

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#1 posted 09-25-2008 06:13 AM

I have one of these, it works ok, the table is a bit small and 3/8” wide blades are all that it will take. But you can use it to cut curves and such, but you are not going to get much out if it beyond light duty small scale work.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 09-25-2008 06:20 AM

Try looking on Craigslist and seeing how much bandsaws go for there. You could probably find a better deal if you don’t mind cleaning up the machine a little bit.

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#3 posted 09-25-2008 05:01 PM

I have the earlier version of that saw and will be taking it to the dump the next time I go. It is so bad I won’t even give it away.

-- waroland, Mount Juliet, TN

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#4 posted 09-28-2008 02:47 PM

I have one, it was my first bandsaw. it’s a good piece to learn with and do light work. you won’t be able to resaw much with it and do anything very heavy.
Mine is now sitting in the attic

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#5 posted 09-28-2008 03:19 PM

I have one also. Like Joey said, it’s good for cutting curves and doing various small jobs. It’s no substitute for a full-size saw, but it comes in very handy sometimes.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-02-2008 03:07 PM

I would suggest that you save your money and buy a 14” band saw. I would bet that if you buy the little one you will soon be upgrading to a 14’ saw.

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#7 posted 10-03-2008 03:50 AM

I have a 12” Jet. Love it but I would go to 14” if I were to do it again. I can’t speak about Delta, but like the others have said, go alittle larger if you plan on doing moderate to serious woodworking.

-- Rusty

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#8 posted 10-04-2008 03:11 AM

I wouldn’t pay more than $50 for it. It isn’t a bad saw, just small, but it would be a good starter IMO.

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#9 posted 10-04-2008 03:33 AM

I bought one for the middle school I was teaching at. A $100 scroll saw would have been a better investment. a lot of drift, just a cheap machine. stick to craft projects if you buy it.

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