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18-in. Bandsaw 28-682

Delta - 18-in. Bandsaw 28-682

Delta’s 18-in. bandsaw features a 2-hp motor with cast-iron wheels and acceptable resaw capacity.

$1,600 (As of 6/1/2004)

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Editor's Review: 18-in. Bandsaws

by Roland Johnson

review date: June 1, 2004

If you cut a lot of thick stock, or if you resaw stock in the 9-in.-wide to 12-in.-wide range, an 18-in. bandsaw is worth considering. Not only does it offer extra capacity, but most 18-in. saws also have more horsepower to cut faster. I looked at 11 models ranging in price from $900 to almost $3,000, evaluating cutting ability, machine sturdiness, and blade-changing ease. The Delta showed acceptable results in the resaw test, did well in the curve-cutting test, and ranked eighth in the frame-deflection test. Fussy-to-adjust guides made blade changing a chore.

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Editor Test Results:

Blade Changing Fair
Table Flatness N/A
Frame Deflection 0.0408 in.
Wheel Alignment N/A
Runout N/A
Tension N/A
Quality of Cut Curve-Cutting Test: Excellent; Resaw Test: Good
Table-Lock Effectiveness Fair

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Delta
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-223-7278
Rip Fence Included N/A
Riser Block Option N/A
Rip Capacity 17-7/16 in.
Guide Type Bearing
Table Tilt 10° left, 48° right
Table Size N/A
Horsepower 2 hp
Amps 8.6 amps
Volts 230v
Speed N/A
Blade N/A
Resaw Capacity 12 in.

I too agree the bearing guides are a bit of a pain to adjust... especially under the table. However... this machine runs great... bearing guides are standard and it muscles through even the Ipe I have been throwing at it. I changed the blade out and can resaw with the new woodslicer blade all day without a problem. Here is the best part of it where I would say I am very pleased... I got this saw as a refurb... though there was absolutely no sign it had ever cut an inch of wood... for $800... At that price it is the best value of the 11 that were rated for me... now if you have to pay $1700... know you are getting a great saw... but I might see if I could try that Jet or another model before plunking down that much cash... not that I would not still choose Delta. Drew in Utah

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