Delta 14" Bandsaw

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
3.8
out of 5
Brand:
Delta
Model:
28-206
Price:
$825

Description

• 1 HP Motor and enclosed stand
• Nine-spoke precision-balanced wheels
• Full 16"x16" cast-iron table tilts 45° right and 3° left for beveling operations
• Quick-release tension lever
• 4" Integral dust port
• Cast-iron trunnions table support
• Capacity to cut stock up to 6-1/4" thick (12-1/4" with height attachment)
• Lower blade guides have safe, accurate, micrometer adjustment
• Lower guides angled to support blade to within 3/4" of table work surface ensures accurate cutting
• Two-speed pulley position• Fully-adjustable, upper and lower blade guides and blade support. Bearings maintain proper blade alignment.

WOOD magazine review

No frills, but accurate blade guides

Review Summary

Pluses:  The steel-block blade guides performed well in our curve-cutting tests, even with the 6" riser block installed. Two speed settings provide you the option of slowing the blade speed for cutting nonferrous metal, such as brass or aluminum. Minuses:  The 28-206 lacks the oomph of most other 14" bandsaws, especially when resawing wide stock with the riser block installed.
Setting the proper blade tension proved difficult because the saw’s scale was so far off we could not use it. When we compared it to 7 other 14" bandsaws, this saw vibrated more than any other, its blade deflected the most (slightly more than 1⁄32"), and its dust collection proved inadequate. It does not come with a rip fence, and Delta does not offer one as an option. And, the motor eats up potential storage space in the lower cabinet.

Detailed Ratings

2.5
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

2

Ease of Use

3

Value

2

Reader Reviews

great Bandsaw !

Review Summary

I've had this bandsaw in my workshop since I started woodworking over 25 years ago. The only difference I can see between this newer one and mine is that mine has a 3/4 hp motor instead of a 1 Hp. This saw was considered for many years to be the standard of great bandsaws, although today, with the many innovative features offered on other brands and just plain free enterprise, I believe it has lost it's once coveted place. Mine still cuts beautifully , with very little vibration.
I've used several types of blade guides on it, and out of all of them I've found the ceramic guides to work the best, over bearings, cool blocks and the stock steel ones. I have upgraded the blade tensioning mechanism with a new acme screw, nut and spring. It now works perfectly. a little surprised to hear that the dust collection on these is still weak, as mine only has the small outlet just under the table.The prices on these Deltas have always been high and that may be because they are still made in America, don't really know for sure.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

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