I screwed up my delta bandsaw

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Forum topic by shopdog posted 11-07-2011 02:07 PM 3322 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2011 02:07 PM

I have a Delta 28-203 band saw. Last year, I replaced the guide blocks with home made Ipe guide blocks. They work well, but I guess that I over tightened the allen screws on the block holders…top and bottom, and cracked the top right bracket and also the bottom bracket. What a block head!!!
So I went to, and they have both parts for around $75 plus shipping.
I’ve been looking at an upgrade…Carter’s guide set…for around $170+.
I don’t want to spend the extra $100 unless it was a great upgrade. My band saw worked very well with the stock parts. Anybody have any opinions about the Carter set? Is it worth the extra $.

If anyone out there has an old, dead Delta (28-203, 28-243, 28-275, 28-280 or 28-283…all have the same parts), and are willing to sell those parts at a discount, that would make my choice easier.


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#1 posted 11-07-2011 02:33 PM

Carter guides are nice guides but half the price of a Grizzly ultimate band saw with the roller guides and great fence! But my first thought was can you repair the cracked holders? I’m cheap and fix more than buy replacement parts- that is a last resort. Have you got a picture of the broken guide holder? any idea of the material it is made from?................Jim

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 05:09 PM


They are cast iron, and cracked. I did do a temporary work around :-). I’ll take a pic, and post
I guess that it makes more sense to get the original parts, or a new Griz.


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#3 posted 11-07-2011 05:15 PM

Look on ebay. People do part out bandsaws.

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 05:31 PM

Here are the pics

Lower guide

In the next pic, you can see my modification.
Upper guide

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#5 posted 11-07-2011 05:46 PM

Thanks for the idea Loren.
I just looked on ebay, and someone is selling a used upper bracket for $5 more than a new part…but with free shipping. Maybe I should get a new bandsaw, and sell off all the parts from the old one. I could probably make enough profit to buy the saw, and a bunch of Timberwolf blades :-)

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