Delta 28-280 band saw

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Forum topic by dbw posted 11-22-2014 09:40 PM 7111 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2014 09:40 PM

Someone has this saw listed on CL. He is asking $525. What do y’all think of this machine and what do you think it is worth? I can by a new G0555 deluxe for $525. Given this choice which would you buy?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 10:26 PM

Being completely new here, feel free to take this with a grain of salt.

The Delta is tried and true, countless ones like it are out there working and have been since the 1930s. Parts are readily available, and it looks like (I think) what band saw should look like. Unless it’s extremely new, it’s made in the US. Condition as always is the most important thing. The price is little high for my neck of the woods, but not totally unreasonable if it’s in great shape, prices do vary greatly from one town to the next. If the condition is good, I would surely take the Delta.

Visiting from the land of OWWM

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 10:40 PM

There was a time when Delta stood for quality machines.
They have also been through times when they made pure junk.
I am the proud owner on one of the latter.
Any one want to buy a 12” three wheel POS band saw fron Rockwell/Delta.
I’ll take fitty bucks for it.

No, you can’t just say its a Delt so it’s a quality machine. Depends on when it was made.

The Grizzly, on the other hand, has generally had good reviews as far as I have seen.

One Asian import is about as good as the next. Unfortunately that is the only choice we have for a new machine unless we spend very serious money.

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#3 posted 11-22-2014 10:57 PM

I vote for the Grizzly. Since 2011 when Black and Decker sold the Delta name to Chang Type Industrial of Taiwan, parts have been slowly drying up.

I expect Grizzly will be around for a long time insuring parts will be available if required.

Also, if I remember correctly, the Delta did not have cast iron wheels, ball bearing guides, tension release lever, dual speed pulleys and a rip fence.

My .02

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#4 posted 11-22-2014 11:13 PM

Age is a factor plus some models came with ½ HP, ¾ HP, & 1 HP. At the end of the day age, motor HP & condition and how it runs really determines what you should pay. So without any information other than model number and asking price cannot help you based upon what you have posted.

Have seen those saws go for as little as $250 to $400. if looked hard enough could find them for less money. Couple years ago saw an ad for a tricked out one 1 HP motor with urethane tires, riser kit, and Carter blade bearing guide kit, and aftermarket fence where guy was asking $750 for it. Doubt he got his asking price. Back then could buy a Rikon deluxe BS for the same price.

I have a GO555 bought on sale, with mobile base and only paid around $480 delivered. At the time could not beat it. Today would look at this Grizzly;

-- Bill

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#5 posted 11-23-2014 12:15 AM

$525 is pretty much laughable for a used, garden-variety, 14” bandsaw. The Grizzly would be the better deal in just about any case.
The Delta might be a good deal at $300-350 IF:
It’s in GREAT condition
Comes with a fence and/or other good accessories.
Has a reasonably beefy motor. I think most of those Delta’s came with a ~9 amp motor, which ain’t bad.

I highly doubt that Delta would be appreciably better than the Grizzly. So any price approaching $400 or more makes the Grizzly the walk-off winner imo.

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#6 posted 11-23-2014 12:17 AM

If the Delta has the 1 HP Emerson open drip proof motor I would pass. I have the 28-280. It is well built except for the shaft hinge for the upper wheel that I replaced with the Iturra machined version. But the motor is underpowered. Some 28-280s had a better motor maybe marathon or leeson? Delta parts are not a problem with the 28-280. It is basically a slightly upgraded 28-203, wwhich is the bandsaw that clones copied. You can darn near rebuild any 1990s and prior Delta bandsaw from eBay parts. I wouldn’t buy parts from Delta unless i wanted to pay double.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#7 posted 11-23-2014 05:36 AM

I have learned this BS was purchased in 1998 and is a one owner saw. It has a 1hp motor. I does NOT have a miter gauge or rip fence. It does come with the 50-282 mobility base.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#8 posted 11-23-2014 05:38 AM

I don’t know which motor it has. I have a feeling by the time I buy a rip fence, a miter gauge, and decent guides I will spend more than $525.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#9 posted 11-23-2014 05:57 AM

I wouldn’t buy my Delta 28-280 today. Get the Grizzly. And if that 1 HP is an Emerson motor STAY AWAY from it. My saw came with a fence and the mobility base. The fence sucked so i bought the old fassttrack that became the Kreg fence. The mobile base is nice. It has mediocre tensioning even with the Iturra coil spring. The wheels are not cast iron but they are beefy and well balanced. The guides are really nice both upper and lower and I use cool blocks. The post on mine is round but it maintains the distance between blade and thrust bearing throughout its six inches of travel. The enclosed stand keeps dust out which is fortunate because the Emerson is an open drip motor. Why Delta didn’t put a decent tefc leeson or baldor boggles my mind. I think the newer saws have more to offer. I paid 750 dollars for my Delta Platinum edition and with the money I’ve put into it as of today I could’ve gotten something better.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#10 posted 11-23-2014 07:03 AM

I picked up my 28-285 last year for $400.00 , has carter spring, cool blocks and quick release. Also had a Kreg fence and mobility kit. When tuned up she runs great but is a bit temperamental! Unless saw is tricked out, $525 is out of line.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 11-23-2014 12:15 PM

The Delta 14” 2 wheelers that were made in the USA were very good saws, but that price is way out of line with what most of them command. Unless he’ll take about half of what he’s asking, I’d move on to the Griz.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#12 posted 11-23-2014 05:18 PM

If a 28-280 came up for sale for under $300 I would buy another one so I can have one set up for curves and one for resaw. In my neck of the woods 1990s delta bandsaws go for 350 to 400.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 11-24-2014 12:46 PM

I just learned this saw has a Delta 62-267 motor.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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