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#1 posted 03-09-2019 11:08 PM

That little Delta for $75 ain t a bad deal…

Generally, stay away from three wheel things, unknown or obscure brands, and Ryobi :)


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At a glance that looks like it might be an 8” delta. If so be aware that it has some of the same disadvantages as the 3 wheelers in that it bends the blades pretty tightly. It does use almost all metal parts which is a plus. I have one that I picked up for $40 in good shape.

I also have a 9” Ryobi that has seen daily use for about 6 years. It has it’s shortcomings but it is actually more saw than the delta IMO, mostly by virtue of having a little bigger wheels.

As the wheels get smaller and smaller blade choice gets kind of fussy. IME, you need to stick with blades thinner blades and finer teeth than you might think make sense. On the 8” i only use the specific sizes they suggest and not even the wider and coarser of those.

I have the two little bandsaws and a 14” bandsaw and they all get used pretty much every day.

BTW, I agree that the 10” Ryobi looks like a nice saw for someone who doesn’t want to spring for the Rikon, but wants a nicer little saw.

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