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Forum topic by Jimmy posted 04-19-2009 07:22 AM 1381 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2009 07:22 AM

hello fellow lumberjocks. i am just getting into woodworking and it seems that many people around my area are upgrading or leaving it and i ran across two ads within driving distance for my home. one is a delta 14 inch bandsaw here and a 6 inch delta jointer for 115 model jt360 i believe. the jointer is on a four legged base i know from the picture. any advice and help would be greatly appreciated. thanks Jimmy

-- 20 year old new woodworker. advice and tools much appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-19-2009 07:35 AM

bandsaw seem priced a bit high for an older machine. if it was me, and I was looking at that price bracket for a bandsaw – I’d rather go with a new Jet for ~500-600 … sure, it’s a bit more, but the price difference gives you a brand new machine, with new features that are build in in todays saws – that are fabricated on that used one….

it’s ok if it was priced at $300-$350

not sure about the jointer.. but since you’re starting out with woodworking – my suggestion to you is , do some homework ,and get familar with the machines, what they do, and what’s on the market, before you start buying them – it’s easy to buy something off of craigslist, but it’s harder to resell it when you find out that you dont really need it, or that you need something similar – but just not THAT one…

learn what you need, then – it’s easier to find it.

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#2 posted 04-19-2009 09:54 AM

Got to agree with PurpLev on this…that seemed very high to me.

If your going to spend that much…spend a few dollars more and get a new one. Jet is a GREAT machine, or here is a new Grizzly for just a $100 more.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 04-19-2009 01:56 PM

I agree with PurpLev and Don. That’s a lot for a used 3/4hp band saw…upgrades or not….I’d think you’d want more power to get through 12” resawing. He should include the mobile base even at $350.

The JT360 is a funtional jointer, and could be a good buy at the right price….it’s up to the task, but the 3/4hp motor and open leg stand are slight disadvantages compared to most with 1hp motors and closed stands. $250 or less depending on condition, and preferable $200 or less.

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#4 posted 04-19-2009 02:29 PM

I picked up a used Laguna 16” bandsaw, Italian made, 1-1/2 hp, 12” resaw for $600. This saw retailed for $1300 when new. There probably weren’t 10 hrs on the saw. There are great deals to be found on Craiglist, I don’t think a $475 12” Delta is it.

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#5 posted 04-19-2009 03:03 PM

On the other side of the coin; the US made Delta is going to be a heavier made machine than the Jet, and the fit and finish will be better. I have a Jet that I bought in ‘02, which is about the same model as this one. The drive wheels are beefier on the Delta. as are is the tensioning link, that aligns your top wheel. The add on’s , especially the roller guides are nice, as is the riser block. The 3/4 horse motor will probably prove to be under powered if you resaw at max capacity. If you could get him to come off the price a little, it might be worth getting an American made machine and upgrading the motor. That’s my $0.02 worth.

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#6 posted 04-19-2009 05:14 PM

Jimmy, that might be a little high for that bandsaw, if you break it down. I just saw that Delta open sand bandsaw at Mill’s Fleet Farm this past week, I think it was going for $469 new. The riser block sells for $92 at Rockler, the mobile base might cost around $100 but that’s not included. The saw blades if they’re new might be in the $20-$30 range. So for $475 that’s not a real great deal at all, but it might be ok if the saw blades are new and if the mobile base was included with it.

It appears Delta is still making that open stand bandsaw, 28-276, but the 28-276 has the quick release for the blade tension and the 4” dust collection port, this one for $475 does not. Google’n around puts the 28-276 in the $400-$500 range, but then there’d be shipping costs if it’s not available locally for you. So Howie Mandel would say, No Deal, and I’d pass on it, for around $550 I’d bet you could get one new with the riser block.

I didn’t see a price on the jointer, but there’s a JT360 sitting at my favorite Ace for $369 new. Delta’s not making that model anymore but in my opinion that’s a good jointer at a good price to be your first jointer. If it’s used in good condition and you can get it for ~$250 that would be a good deal. Grizzly’s selling one almost identical to that JT360 for around $220, but with shipping brings it to $313 I think.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 04-19-2009 05:28 PM

Tim, that’s a good point.

I’m starting to lean toward the older equipment for just that very reason, it was made better. Before I’d never consider picking up used machinery, now, I’d almost rather pick up used machinery.

I picked up a 1978 Rockwell/Delta 12” RAS last fall and a Rockwell/Delta 15” variable speed drill press just this past week. When I asked here if that was a good deal on the drill press I was really surprised at the answers.

“Too much it’s too old”, um, excuse me, they’re going to $900-$1500 at used machine outlets and $400 is too much? “Look at Grizzly and see what you think”, um, excuse me, Grizzly doesn’t have any variable speed drill presses. “That should go for $200”, ok, show me where they’re going for $200. Still waiting… I question comments like this because it appears the ones making them aren’t knowledgeable on the subject but people looking for advice, especially those new to woodworking, may listen.

It seems some think if it’s old it’s bad, they don’t take the merits or the features on the machine into account. Like did anybody know that old drill press has a 6” stroke verses the ~3” that most have now? To me that’s a big plus because there’s been many a time when I wished I had that.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 04-19-2009 05:33 PM

Look around. I got a 14” Jet with the 6” riser, the tensioner and the roller guides for $495 brand new at a wood show so they didn’t have to ship it back.


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#9 posted 04-19-2009 05:50 PM

Forgot to mention, if those band roller guides that were mentioned are the Carter Ball Bearing kit, that goes for $149, so maybe $475 isn’t too bad. That being said, it might not be a bad deal. And if you can get it down to $425 it might be worth consideration.

So you’ve got $469 for the saw, $92 for the riser block, $149 for the Bearing Kit, that’s $710 if everything is bought new. and if the 8 blades are new that adds even more. This is the kind of analysis I do when considering something, Not just pulling some number out of the air or comparing to some other brand. I decide if that a good deal for that item by comparing what that item would cost new.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 04-19-2009 06:58 PM

thanks all for your opinions so far. i forgot to put the price on the jointer is $125, if that helps any.

-- 20 year old new woodworker. advice and tools much appreciated.

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#11 posted 04-19-2009 07:04 PM

I’d grab that JT360 jointer for $125.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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