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Forum topic by CTB54 posted 03-17-2014 12:31 AM 4321 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2014 12:31 AM

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Just bought what I think will be a good saw for my small home shop. An early 90’s Delta 28-303 BS, it needs a little TLC but seems to run well it is missing the table insert the fence and the miter gage. I am looking at possibly buying the kreg fence. Does anyone have any experience with this saw, what things do I need to look out for and could this saw befitted with the delta riser block for re-sawing wider stock?

Thanks,
CTB


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#1 posted 03-18-2014 05:16 PM

According to Kreg’s site http://www.kregtool.com/prodImages/files/BandsawFenceCampatibiltyChart41213.pdf
their bandsaw fence will not fit unless you the user finds a way to adapt it. Unless you mis typed and it is a 28-203 which is compatible. I have a 28-203 in my shop at school. You could add a riser block to increase your resawing capability, but you will have to be mindful of motor size. Feed rate and depth of cut must be considered if you are increasing the height with the same size motor. Good Luck

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 06:49 PM

Thanks for the info. I will need to look into this a bit further, the saw is a 28-303 it has the gear box and 8 speeds so it can be used for both wood and metal. I looked up the part numbers for the table and they are the same as the 28-203. I see that the kregtool chart does not list the 28-303 though. It will be worth a call to Kregtool. The motor is a 1 hp so I think it will do ok until I decide on the riser. I will know more about the saw this afternoon as this will be the first chance I have had to attempt to fine tune it.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 10:32 PM

In general, all 28-2xx machines are wood cutting only, and 28-3xx machine are wood/metal. For older models, essentially the wood cutting saw itself is a model 880, and the wood/metal saw is a model 890,. Very little changes have been made over the years, so unless the actual table changed, which I don’t believe it did, anything that says Delta 14” Band Saw should work. Just for grins, I went to ereplacementparts.com and looked up the table used on the 28-303.. it says it’s also used on the 28-141, 28-203, 28-209, 28-243, 28-255, 28-263, 28-264, 28-269 and on for a total of 29 different models, which kind of confirms that. Most differences, and thus model number change, involves stuff like adding hinged wheel covers, operational differences in the speed shifting mechanism and other minor stuff.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 01:25 AM

Thanks Brad I’ll be ordering the Kreg Fence I’m sure it will work. I will be changing the gear case oil and the manual states to use a good grade of heavy adhesive gear oil. Will 80 weight gear oil work?

CTB

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 03:06 AM

The manual for my 1950 saw specifies a S.A.E. 40 weight oil, but some over at OWWM claim to use 80W or 90W without problems.. the only thing they seem to agree on is to use non-detergent oil. I only have the wood cutting model, so maybe someone who actually owns a w/m model and has changed their oil will chime in with some additional info.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: The Kreg site does say the fence will work with a 28-203 (same saw, just wood only) but you will have to drill one hole in the rail to mount.. shouldn’t be too difficult.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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