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Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Make/Model: Delta 28-203 (google)
Arrival Date: 01/2011
Does it work?: yes
Certification Needed?: no
Contact: User:Jim
Floorplan: 1D
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General Information

Manual: File:Delta Bandsaw 28-303.pdf

Band length is 93 1/2 inches.

Good blades to keep around: (taken from this thread: http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?149862-Lets-talk-bandsaw-blades!) "There are a lot of different bandsaw blades and it is easy to feel like you need a different blade for every cut but I find you can do most of your cutting with 3-4 blades: 1. 1/2" 3 TPI Hook, if for a low HP 14" cast clone I would get a .022 gauge Woodslicer et al 2. 1/4" 6 TPI skip or hook 3. 1/8" 14 TPI standard 4. If you have a saw that can tension a bigger blade add a 4th blade, the biggest blade it will tension, hook, variable pitch in the range of 2-3TPI or 1.3-3 TPI (note the Lenox Woodmasters I mention below are NOT available in variable pitch smaller than 2" but they still do a great job in non-variable pitch)

For a cast clone I would get the 1/2" in a hardened spring steel as mentioned but the 1/4" in bimetal and the 1/8" in carbon. If you do a lot of resawing on a cast clone I would try a thin gauge 1/2" bimetal blade maybe a .025 4 TPI hook Lenox Diemaster 2.

For steel spined saws all the blades (except the 1/8") would be bimetal unless you want to spend the money on a carbide resaw blade.


Specific recomendations:

For smaller than 1/4" blades I like Starrett carbon

For 1/4"-1/2" general purpose I like the bimetal Lenox Diemaster 2

For 1/2-5/8" resaw blades I like the spring steel Kerfmaster, Woodslicer Bladerunner, again these are recommended for 14" cast clones


For 3/4" and up resaw blades I like four, the Lenox Woodmaster B (bimetal only in 1" and up), Lenox Woodmaster CT (carbide 1" and up), Lenox Trimaster (carbide 3/4" and up) and the Laguna Resaw King 3/4"-1 1/4". The Laguna has the benefit of being the only one that you can get resharpened. "

Also: (taken from this thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/woodworking/comments/23tljp/band_saw_blade_suggestions/ ) "Generally, most people like the Timberwolf series of blades; Olsen also makes good blades. Both are available at Woodcraft, and are often on sale. I have some of both and they each do a fine job. As for which size, typically you will want to run a 3/4 inch blades at 3 tpi, or a 2/3 tpi "skip raker" blade. Either will work, but resawing will challenge your saw and yourself - proper saw setup &tuning is a must, along with blade tension. Smaller blades for doing radius like for bandsaw boxes - get a 12 or 14 tpi blade, and then dress the back of it so you can turn the radius without the square edges digging in."

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How to use the floor model bandsaw