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28-475X 14-in. Bandsaw

Delta - 28-475X 14-in. Bandsaw

The Delta 28-475X 14-in. bandsaw features a large tilting top, a 1-1/2 hp motor, and an 11-3/4 in. resaw capacity when a riser block is used.

$1,230 (As of 9/1/2007)

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Editor's Review: New Breed of Bandsaws

by Thomas McKenna

review date: September 1, 2007

The Delta has plenty of capacity and a large tilting table, but it’s loud and vibration prone and made unsatisfactory resaw cuts. For the most part, fit and finish are poor, and dust collection is subpar.

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Editor Test Results:

Blade Changing Very difficult
Table Flatness Good
Frame Deflection N/A
Wheel Alignment Perfect
Runout N/A
Tension N/A
Quality of Cut Poor
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, but fence price is included in the $1,230 average price
Riser Block Option Yes
Rip Capacity N/A
Guide Type Steel blocks
Table Tilt Yes
Table Size N/A
Horsepower 1-1/2 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 115v
Speed N/A
Blade N/A
Resaw Capacity 11-3/4 in. with a riser block

I guess every tool mfr has a bad one as evidenced by the editor, however my experience with this bandsaw is completely opposite. Mine is very smooth running, nearly as smooth as my MM-16. As for power it is more than adequate for the tasks I've thrown at it. The dust collection on my 28-206 (yes I have three bandsaws) is better but with a good dust collector the results with this saw are very good. The table is as flat as any table I've seen on any bandsaw. The base cabinet is solid and I have yet to notice any flex in the saw even when under a hard load. I am extremely happy with this saw. When properly set up I believe this to be one of the best bandsaws on the market.

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