14-in. Bandsaw 28-280 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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14-in. Bandsaw 28-280

Delta - 14-in. Bandsaw 28-280

Delta has discontinued this model and now sells a similar 1-hp saw as model #28-206.

$850 (As of 1/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: 14-in. Bandsaws Reviewed

by Tom Begnal

review date: January 1, 2002

The bandsaw is a versatile tool that rips, resaws, crosscuts, and cuts curves. And when the table is tilted, it makes all kinds of angle cuts, too. Plus it can be used to cut tenons, dovetails, and various other joints. The 14-in. size is good for most small shops, so we decided to test nine popular models on the market, evaluating them for wheel roundness, alignment, blade tension, and table flatness.

The Delta is a saw built for everyday use and the standard by which all other 14-in. bandsaws are measured. In one form or another, all of the cast-iron saws in this review are clones of this one. Several important parts, including the frame, wheels, trunnion, and table, are the beefiest of the bunch. The fence is our favorite. The test cuts were acceptable, with the motor showing less tendency to bog down when resawing. But it had a below-average score on the tension test. And it carries, by far, the highest price tag.

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Editor Test Results:

Blade Changing N/A
Table Flatness 0.002 in dish
Frame Deflection N/A
Wheel Alignment 0.080 in.
Runout 0.015 in. upper; 0.011 in lower
Tension Tension at 3/4 in.: 10,000 psi
Quality of Cut N/A
Table-Lock Effectiveness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Delta
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-223-7278
Rip Fence Included No
Riser Block Option Yes
Rip Capacity 13-5/8 in.
Guide Type N/A
Table Tilt 9° left; 60° right
Table Size 14 in. square
Horsepower 1 hp
Amps 9.6 amps
Volts N/A
Speed N/A
Blade N/A
Resaw Capacity 6-3/8 in.

Refined over many years, Delta's original 14 inch bandsaw was a classic shop tool. Unfortunately, the new Delta 14" saw isn't at all similar. Anyone saying that has never taken a brief look to note the differences. Instead of a cast iron frame, the new saw is welded steel with no option for a riser block. The upper blade guide is completely different, and fits so sloppy in its track, it shifts back and forth - a lot. Without an extra washer, the upper wheel can rub on the internal part of the guide assembly, causing a grinding noise. The worst problem is the plastic table insert, which makes this an extremely dangerous tool, and one to avoid at all costs. Instead of the small round original insert, this insert is large and long. Because it bridges a much larger opening, it should be beefed up with thicker stronger material, like steel. Instead, it is molded from thin plastic, and full of holes which weaken it. When cutting small pieces, the insert has a tendency to bend downwards. This allows smaller work pieces to shift, kinking and bending the blade. As a result, the saw has a tendency to suck the work right down through the insert in an instant. If your hand is on top of the work and the guide is too high, your fingers can be shoved into a moving blade. Hopefully if this happens, you're not using a coarse cutting blade with 3 teeth per inch, because this saw has a powerful motor which doesn't stop easily. So, how do I know all this? I ordered a 14" bandsaw from a small local tool supplier. Imagine my surprise when I saw what arrived. Since the store owner is a friend, I accepted a tool I didn't really want. Fortunately, my guide was set low, and I wasn't hurt when the blade sucked a work piece through the table insert. But no table inserts are available, so the saw remains unusable. Because of this, I'm returning the saw to Delta. I can't in good conscience sell it, because it is so dangerous. By the way, this saw is Delta in name only, because when Stanley sold the Delta name and logo, it didn't sell the parts inventory or the original Delta tool designs. And for a long time, they haven't shipped any parts for any Delta band saws. However, several online parts houses stock them. It looks like Stanley sold the name and logo to one company, while selling the parts to other suppliers.


This saw has been a mainstay in my shop. It does everything that I could ever ask of it.

Plenty of Power, but the dust collection is poor. For the price, it is not a bad machine.

The saw's top well is out of alignment and just requires a shim to true it up. I also purchased the additional height attachment which allows for a 12 inch resaw capacity. The only thing that I have an issue with is the clearance necessary to install a custom brush for the lower well tire, not much room to work with.Other than that the saw works fine.

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