1989 Delta 14" Bandsaw

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Forum topic by OldCorps posted 05-11-2017 02:52 PM 950 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2017 02:52 PM

I have two bandsaws—a Grizzly G0513X 17” and a pristine 1989, made in USA, Delta 14” with a 1-hp motor—in my shop and, since the recent purchase of a new Grizzly G0766 lathe, I’m finding space to be somewhat restricted, I’m realizing that two bandsaws are really not a necessity so I’m going to sell one. I hate to get rid of either saw but after much deliberation, I’ve decided that for what I intend to be doing, the big Grizzly is the saw I need, so the Delta is going to be sacrificed.

The saw is a closed-cabinet base with a 1-horse motor, and as I’ve implied, the entire saw is in nearly mint condition. I even have the original Delta fence system. I bought the saw in 1999 from an elderly lady whose husband had passed away shortly after he had purchased it and it had been covered, in storage since 1990. It had sat with a blade under tension for ten-years and the original rubber tires had badly deteriorated so I replaced them with new urethane tires. I used the saw sparingly until 2005 then, due to an onslaught of health problems a move to a new home, and the inability to get a shop set up again for some years, the saw sat idle most of the time, until 2011. Then, more surgeries, lengthy recuperative times… long story short, the saw has seen very limited use in its 28-years.

I’ve done some research trying to find out what would be a reasonable asking price and couldn’t find anything that was even close to the condition of my saw. The nearest I could find was a saw that appeared to be all intact but with a 3/4 hp motor and many battle scars that showed longtime heavy usage and the guy was asking $650.00. The few other Delta 14’s that I did find were so far out of the ballpark, condition-wise, that no comparison could be considered, so I thought I would ask if any of you good folks might have any information to share. I don’t want to stiff anybody but I also don’t want to sell the saw for an unreasonably low price either. If I can figure out why my computer and camera are refusing to recognize one another I’ll post some photos.

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#1 posted 05-11-2017 03:01 PM

Your location is very relevant.

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#2 posted 05-11-2017 03:26 PM

Oh, sorry:

I’m located in south-central Pennsylvania; 10-miles from Chambersburg, PA; 15-miles from Gettysburg; 20-miles from Hagerstown Maryland; halfway between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and/or Baltimore

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#3 posted 05-11-2017 03:29 PM

where are you in pa. exactly ….. I might be interested in this saw …. if I can afford it …... there in is the problem ….I have very old 12 craftsmen that seen better days …..just let me know …THANKS :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 05-11-2017 04:48 PM

Agree with your choice… No problem to cut small stuff on a nice large tabled bandsaw.

The reverse doesnt’ work well.

500 bucks may be ‘top of the mark’

Grizzly makes good stuff

Their 14 inch bandsaw, 1HP including a fence … is 575
In the end many will chose “Shiney and New” delivered to thier doorstep vs 28 year old but Made in USA.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#5 posted 05-11-2017 05:08 PM


I’ve PM’d you.

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#6 posted 05-11-2017 05:33 PM

Sounds like a nice saw but at $650 there would have to be two of them offered. I have one only a little newer than yours (also made in USA) with perfect factory tires that I paid less than half that for with a Delta mobile base and several unopened blades.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 05-11-2017 07:01 PM


I agree with you that $650.00 is pretty much over the top. That guy is “asking” that much for his saw but I notice he still hasn’t sold it yet and if I remember right he had posted it nearly a year ago. Oh well, a guy can dream :-). I’m thinking you got a goo—actually an excellent deal, but before I’ll sell mine for 300-bucks I’ll either make a planter out of it or move it to the other side of my basement, put a metal cutting blade on it and use it as a hack saw. I also have three TimberWolf blades that have never been out of the package – 3/4, 1/2. and 1/8 inch, and one 1/4” on the saw that’s had, maybe 45-minutes running time. That’s $95.00 worth of blades, from Suffolk Machine, not counting shipping which will also go with the saw.

My thinking was more in line with DrDirt’s guesstimate. I also found a couple other older Delta USA made saws that had sold, one for $300. and one for $375. Both of those were open stand bases and 3/4 hp motors and one had a broken trunion and no miter gage or rip guide; the other was missing the rip guide and had a “toy” after-market miter gage. My saw has the original Delta rip-guide system and the original miter gage.

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#8 posted 05-12-2017 06:27 PM

I’m with you on the USA made equipment. However, I think we are alone in that. I have a few machines that I have sold or tried to sell and everyone wants to tell me how you can get one just like it at Harbor Freight or some other import for half what I’m asking. It seems people just don’t care anymore, which saddens me. My guess is you might get $450 but it’s gonna have to be the right guy.

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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