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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 02-03-2015 06:42 PM 1427 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2015 06:42 PM

I’m waiting on a response about this bandsaw. Looks like an older model made in Canada.
Asking price is $200 with an extra resaw blade.
Thoughts? Decent saw? Good deal?

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 10:58 PM

It’s a solid with a saw nice table, check the tires out before buying it though this model has a tendency to get flat tires when users leave the blade on and under tension but don’t run the saw often. Not a huge deal unless you want to cut veneers, and you can replace the tires. As to price I’d say you are in the ballpark so long as it has been cared for. Based on the wood in the picture I’d say he;s one of us and will probably have cared for it well.

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 12:36 AM

Um… that’s a very fine saw. Hope you get it.

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 01:12 AM

Get in the car right now and go get it.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 01:23 AM

That is a pretty decent 14” saw. Its an older model so it will be missing some things that modern saws have like an extra large resaw and dust collection. But at 200 its hard to go wrong. If its mechanically sound and it has the right amount of hp for your needs then grab it. If you plan to be doing a lot of resawing then you are going to want at least 1hp in the motor and more would be better. If you plan to not be doing resawing and this will be for curves, then 1/2hp is fine. At this price you can actually replace the motor and still have a decent deal, especially if you place it with a used motor.

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 01:24 AM

That is a pretty decent 14” saw

I believe it’s a 15” saw.. But I can’t really make out the model number to verify.


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#6 posted 02-04-2015 01:37 AM

As Klassenl says…get in the car and get it…do not pass go…do pay $200.00….and laugh all the way to Boardwalk; it’s an excellent saw at an excellent price!


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#7 posted 02-04-2015 02:05 AM

Cool blocks suck!

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 02:46 AM

I have that exact saw. It’s a General 490, made in Canada. They sell for $800-$1200 and are built like a tank. It is my favourite tool and has never given me any trouble. General was one of the best tool brands available in Canada and this saw sold new up until last year for around $4000. The design hasn’t changed.

It is an amazing deal at $200

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#9 posted 02-05-2015 07:18 AM

Cool blocks suck!

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Why is that??

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#10 posted 02-05-2015 04:30 PM

Check into some Carter blade guides then you will have a first class bandsaw.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#11 posted 02-05-2015 06:21 PM

Great saw – however unlike some of the older delta’s of the same vintage, you CANNOT add a riser block to it.

So the resaw capacity is fixed, because the body of teh saw is all one piece, rather than an ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ half.

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#12 posted 02-05-2015 07:49 PM

Well the listing is gone and I never got a response. I was too late. But, this has all been great info for the future. I think some of the consensus around here is that the older Delta bandsaws are likely the best quality/dollar ratio (i.e. value). Is there a particular model or era that I should keep my eyes out for? Are there any other older brands/models to keep a watch for, or better yet, to avoid.


-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#13 posted 02-05-2015 11:04 PM

Look on

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