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Delta 14-inch Bandsaw 28-275 Rebuild and Upgrade

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Blog entry by wunderaa posted 01-26-2013 07:02 PM 3429 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another CL gem. Originally listed for $300 (with riser kit installed), I talked the guy down to $150 because it was obvious the lower wheel’s bearings were shot and the motor ran very rough. The table was very rusted and the rubber tires were cracked. I brought it home, cleaned it up and it was evident that this thing had seen very little use in its life.

So now the rebuild begins. I pretty much did a full rebuild, replacing all bearings, and fixing all balance issues. I didn’t take pictures through the process (sorry!) but I’ll include part information since I haven’t found this list elsewhere (minus the part lists which don’t include descriptions). I included links to the products, but the descriptions will allow you to source the parts from where you choose.

Bearings
- Thrust Bearings – 10×30x9 Sealed - $15.53 for 10pk
- Upper Wheel Bearings – 15×35x11 Sealed – $19.97 for 10pk
- Lower Wheel Bearings – 20×47x14 Sealed – $25.38 for 2
- Motor Bearings – 17×40x12 Sealed – $20.20 for 2

Misc. Parts
- Urethane Tires – 14” standard – $34.95 for 2
- Large Pulley – 6” OD, 3/4” ID – $18.95 for 1
- Cool Blocks – $13.99 for Delta set
- Dust Port – 4” universal – $11.32 for one
- Mobile Base – HTC Universal – $59.99
- Thin Strip Rip Jig – $23.99
- 1/2 Woodslicer Resaw Blade – 105” – $29.99
- Kreg bandsaw fence – $50 on CL
- Riser kit – Already on the saw
- Link Belt – $19.99 with 20% off
- Iturra Tension Spring – Already on saw
- Cast iron tension wheel – Already on saw
- Wheel balancing – Free, done at my work’s shop
- Tall resaw fence – home made

The only things I have left now are adding a paddle-style on/off switch and putting a brush on the lower wheel. To test performance, I just finished resawing about 3’ of 12” oak without an issue. The dust collection change works excellent and with all of the bearing work, this thing runs like a top. Total investment – about $285 in rebuild/upgrades plus $150 for the saw for a total of about $435. Cheers!!

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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 06:30 PM

Great looking saw. Very good rebuild, the one thing you might run into down the road, now that you have
that extra resaw height, is that the motor might have to be upgraded to one with more horsepower to
handle the thicker wood. You should have a lot of fun with that saw.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 03:09 AM

Looks great, i am tempted to do some upgrades on my saw.

-- Mac, Ottawa

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