Powermatic 044 vs Old Delta USA Made Bandsaw

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07-08-2019 07:08 PM

Hi everyone,

First time posting. Thanks for all the great info on here.

I’m in the market for a 14” bandsaw. Been on the lookout for an older Delta made in the USA. One is for sale about 100 miles away for $350. Being sold by the original owner and looks to be in great shape. Also, closer to me is a Powermatic 044 also sold by the original owner and in great shape and also for $350. The Powermatic has a Jet fence and some extra blades. The Delta has no accessories and no extra blades. Assuming they are in equally acceptable condition and work well, is one preferable over the other? My instinct is that if the Delta was in my town, I would prefer it over the Powermatic but maybe I’m wrong. Is it worth driving a couple of hours to get the Delta?

Here are a couple of pictures.

Thanks for your input.

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#1 posted 07-09-2019 02:36 AM

Powermatic was considered an upgrade from delta. That square box shield looks like it could possibly be a bigger wheel bandsaw. I would go see the Powermatic. Take the cash with you.

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#2 posted 07-09-2019 02:48 AM


-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 07-09-2019 04:46 AM

The 044 is an interesting saw.
Steel frame and good power for a 14” saw on 110V.
The guides were annoying, and poor visibility with the blade guard.
Also, the blade length isn’t super common, so you’ll need to order, rather than pick it up as a stock item.

The delta has more style.
Dust collection on either will be miserable—I’d recommend looking for the youtube by Rob Cosman on bandsaw dust collection.

But, if you don’t have a bandsaw, either will work.

I’d visit the one that is closer and put the saw through its paces and see how it cuts.


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#4 posted 07-09-2019 05:42 AM

Thanks for all the input. Looks like the Powermatic uses an uncommon blade length, 102”. Do you think that’ll be an issue? Does the price seem reasonable for both saws? I really appreciate your help!

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#5 posted 07-09-2019 09:58 AM

I would go with the Delta as that is a proven work horse and will actually out perform the Powermatic model there. Availability to parts would be easier and less expensive for the Delta, as that is the “standard of the industry 14”. The other thing which may be seen is the Delta being cast body is in 2 pieces and can be used with a riser block. Remember it’s not so much the name as it is the man behind the machine. So, go have fun and make some dust.

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#6 posted 07-09-2019 02:12 PM

I like my Delta pattern band saw but, at the same price, I’d have to give the Powermatic guy my money. I just find their tools to be exceptionally well built. The only thing that might swap me to the Delta (assuming condition is equal) would be if you want to add a riser block for resawing.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 07-12-2019 12:13 AM

Thanks Matt. That’s a great article. Turns out someone bought the Powermatic before I made up my mind. According to the article you sent, looks like it’s a good thing I didn’t get it. I’m planning on driving up to check out the Delta tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for you help.

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#9 posted 07-15-2019 06:49 AM

Well, a Rockwell popped up on Craigslist only 20 minutes from home. Bought it for $200. I spent some time getting to know it today and it seems to be in great shape. Even came with the original owners manual. As far as I can tell, It’s from the early 80’s.

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#10 posted 07-15-2019 03:03 PM

You did very well. That DC port on the bottom door is a reasonable, but not perfect, approach to improving the DC. I did that to my Delta 14” and it worked as well as anything else (with a strong DC). Congrats….

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#11 posted 07-15-2019 04:52 PM

Here are a couple more pictures. I had trouble posting these last night. One thing it had that I wasn’t expecting was that it had rails for an original Deta/ Rockwell fence but not the fence itself. I looked them up and they are pricey. Any thoughts about these fences?

The Dust Port was the only thing I wasn’t too thrilled about but it’s not too bad. By the looks of the manual, the original dust port was right under the table really close to the blade. Either way, dust collection is never that great on these from what I’ve heard.

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