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Forum topic by skogie1 posted 09-19-2014 03:44 PM 1308 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2014 03:44 PM

Looking at possibly buying an old 28-200 for $200. It looks in pretty good shape. Needs some scrubbing. Any thoughts on this machine? Thanks.


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#1 posted 09-19-2014 04:58 PM

That’s the classic and much copied 14in cast iron bandsaw design. It’s a solid design and machine, which is why so many knockoffs were made. If one popped up in my area for $200 in working shape, I’d snap it up in a heartbeat.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 05:02 PM

That’s a good saw (I have an old Delta 14”), and $200 seems reasonable. Is he/she asking $200? You may be able to get it for less. If it fires up and runs well, inspect the saw once over real well to make sure nothing is missing/broken. Seems like a fair deal if it’s good shape. I paid $125-$150 for mine, but it was the guy’s ex-father-in-law, so he probably didn’t really care about it, and he knew nothing about bandsaws.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 05:23 PM

GET IT NOW!

-- Nicholas

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 05:25 PM

Thanks everyone

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#5 posted 09-20-2014 05:24 AM

Check the castings for cracks!!!

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#6 posted 09-20-2014 07:39 PM

I purchased a 28-200 several months ago for what I thought was a STEAL at $150. Everything I read pretty much mirrored what the posts are saying above—“great saw” , “a classic”, etc. etc. I was so excited about it that I quickly sold my Ridgid BS140002 since it was “junk made in China”. The Ridgid did need to be modified slightly but it was a great saw after I had it setup properly.

I purchased the saw for $150 but I’ve since spent countless hours on it and nearly $300 in bearings, tires, cool blocks, link belt, pulley, etc. etc. and now have almost $450 invested. The machine still shakes like hell and I’m considering replacing the stock 1/2HP Leeson Motor for a 1hp Grizzly in hopes it’ll solve the vibration issue. If it doesn’t I’ll have to remake a new base for it.

Moral of the story is I’m about ot have $600 invested in a 30+ year old saw that functions worse than my ‘cheap Ridgid’ that it replaced. I should have just ponied up the cash, saved myself the headache and purchased a Grizzly 14”. Keep that in mind when you go to see the saw. If it doesn’t function as well as you’re expecting it should, pass on it.

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#7 posted 09-20-2014 07:57 PM

I see them for $100 or $150 now and again, but often
for a lot more and $200 is not a bad price at all if
it’s in working condition.

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#8 posted 09-20-2014 08:54 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I have to drive 2 hours to see it so I’m thinking now of purchasing a Steel City (either granite or cast iron, haven’t decided). There’s a big price difference because the Steel City is new, but I can save the drive and have a new machine.

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#9 posted 09-21-2014 12:30 AM


I purchased a 28-200 several months ago for what I thought was a STEAL at $150. Everything I read pretty much mirrored what the posts are saying above—“great saw” , “a classic”, etc. etc. [...]
I purchased the saw for $150 but I ve since spent countless hours on it and nearly $300 in bearings, tires, cool blocks, link belt, pulley, etc. etc. and now have almost $450 invested.

It is a great saw, and what most all other 14” clones are copied from. I have the same saw (28-207) which is pretty much the same, but on a flare leg open stand. Picked it up along with a Boice Crane 6” jointer for $170. Both were in rough shape and the Delta didn’t even run. Did a complete restore on it.. stripped to bare metal, new paint, fixed the motor, new bearings, new tires, new kevlar belt, new wiring, new blade and I also had to obtain a few missing bits. Even with all of that, if you split the inital cost ($85 for each machine), I have a total of under $250 invested in the saw. What I wound up with was a machine that was in better than new condition, easily passed the dime test (better than the nickel test!) and an absolute joy to use. How you could spend $300 on just getting it running (not a restore) is beyond me!

PS: I restored the jointer and sold it on CL for $400, which basically paid for all that I had spent on purchasing and restoring both machines.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#10 posted 09-21-2014 12:44 AM

I’ve got the older version of the saw. I paid $250 for it, mainly because it came with the cast art deco base. I put a $25 motor on it, cord and light switch, upper bearings, and a quick crank…none of which cost very much. I still need to change the lower blocks. I admit, mine doesn’t run super smooth, but will hold it’s value. I can pick up a used import saw for $100 almost any day.

-- Nicholas

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