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Forum topic by John Ormsby posted 05-22-2013 06:05 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Ormsby

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05-22-2013 06:05 PM

Would like your opinions on whether it is a good or bad idea to buy a newer Delta 14” bandsaw. Nothing wrong with it. The person is asking $400 with a mobile base.

The question is would you buy one knowing that Delta is folding and parts might be impossible to get down the road?

Your comments would be much appreciated. This would be for a friend who is looking at one for sale.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca


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Cole Tallerman

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 06:12 PM

If its one of the generic 14” bandsaws with the cast iron arm, parts from many companies including grizzly HF powermatic etc should be adaptable or a direct fit to that bandsaw.

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rustfever

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 06:13 PM

John,

The 14” Delta BS is the work-horse of the wood shop. I have found it to be a very good saw, easy to adjust and simple to up-grade or repair.

I would not be worried of Delta’s leaving the market place and not providing repair parts. There are only a couple of moving parts, and those are all available on the open market [bearings, motor, etc] There are many, many of these BS around, so used parts can be found.

Carter has aftermarket repair parts, such as springs, guides, inserts, tires and similar that are excellent, if not better than Delta’s original equipment.

The price is about where a used Delta 14” always sell.

Game On!
Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Tedstor

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 06:22 PM

I’d buy a new Craftsman 14” BS or the Porter Cable 14” before I bought a used Delta.
The Craftsman can be had for $350 or less with coupon codes and has 2” more resaw capability.
The PC is typically $320ish.

But $400 for the Delta with a mobile base isn’t bad- if you want a Delta. Personally, I don’t feel its much better than the Craftsman/PC saws though.

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toolie

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 09:42 PM

delta made several models of their 14” BS, some with relatively powerful motors. what’s the model number of the saw under consideration? is a pic of the unit available?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 11:15 PM

You should be ok. Not too much to go wrong really.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 11:19 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever heard more than rumors that Delta is actually going under. But the other comments are correct. The old parts still fit, and are pretty plentiful.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 11:35 PM

I have the 14” Delta at work and a Grizzly 14” G0555 at home. I love the Grizzly. It is smooth, great customer service, and can be had for only a little more than the used Delta. The Delta at work has been plagued with numerous issues including severely unbalanced wheels, block guides which I find inadequate, and poor customer service when we tried to fix issues with it.

I’d opt for the Grizzly if possible, unless they are set on a Delta. $400 for a used Delta seems a bit high to me. I’d be at 300 if there are no issues. As for the availability of parts, be prepared to use aftermarket components as Delta is struggling to get both new products distributed as well as parts for older models. They are still in business but waits of 6 months or more for parts are not unheard of.

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