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Forum topic by OmegaRed posted 09-19-2012 02:38 PM 4844 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2012 02:38 PM

I acquired an old 28-380 last year, with plans on keeping it. It’s built in ‘63, and in pretty good shape.

The owner told me he thought it needed a new capacitor as it was beginning to be hard starting. I had planned on either fixing this or just swapping out motors (as I thought I had a few laying around). Well long story short, I had to use the one for another project and all the other ones are large 3hp+ 3 ph.

It needs new tires, drive belt, saw band and lets say a new motor to cover all the bases. It is also missing the top blade guides. It has the one in the back, but not on either side. Is it possible to get a replacement for this?

What is a cost estimate of doing all this, is it worth the time or should I sell it and get $150ish and start with something newer. Thanks

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 02:47 PM

Here are two websites that should help you out.
Or just call the Delta Company. Phone number is on the website.

-- ILL10 Illinois

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 03:12 PM

Looks similar to the one my dad has in his shop. His is a decent machine, nothing spectacular. I don’t think his is quite as old though.

I keep waiting for him to spring for one of these behemoths, but I don’t expect that to happen…ever.


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#3 posted 09-19-2012 03:46 PM

Ill, those two links are good. Glad you shared them.
OmegaRed, there are different brands of band saw blades that LJs use. I should be recommending what I’m using now.
I get them here: Direct line: (201)450-9817, (201)450-9818
For other band saw blade brands, you can find them here in my post: .

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 07:54 PM

I would e-mail Iturra Design and explain what you need top blade guides and suggestion for motor and tires. Louis Iturra: [email protected]

Order line 904-642-2802 that is in Jacksonville Fl.

Guess would make out buying new or rebuilding current motor locally. Can find set of urethane tires online for about $35. Beauty of urethane is no glue needed.

There is a Iturra catalog on line from 2010

He will give you a catalog if order from him, but if want to check him out download from link.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 09:20 PM

If you could get $150 for it, I would probably sell, because you can get a little bit more for that kind of money. I was a able to get a Ridgid BS w/ a Kreg fence for $150. I still had to do some upgrading to mine since at that price point, its hard find one where everything is perfect. Of course time is money, so you’ll have to weigh the time of selling and buying w/ what you expect to gain out of it.

You should definitely sell if you had other issues there that would be too hard or too expensive to replace. Check to see if the bearings are good and if the wheels spin w/o any wobble/runout. Check that you can get the blade to track under tension. Also be sure that you can get real good tension on the blade.

Everything you mentioned that you need to buy are upgradeable items. I would get a link belt, urethane tires, and carter guides (pricey). Ultimately, you’d have a better machine than most new models.

I see no reason why you can’t put a 3hp 3ph motor on that. Just make sure you have the right rpm motor or buy the right pulley size to compensate for the different speed. If you get that link belt, then you can easily mount the motor first and then size the belt to it.

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 05:23 AM

+1 on iturra. not a better 14” band saw guy out there. he’s never steered me wrong.

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 11:00 AM

I also agree you won’t get another saw of that quality….calling Iturra and talking to him will be nothing but good. He’s a dynamo on the 14” Delta’s. The total cost of bringing that back to service is going to be a personal call….but I’d do it if it were mine.

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 11:26 AM

Awesome I appreciate all the help from everyone. You all are a wealth of knowledge and I’m really digging looking at all the projects. Quite the time sink! I’ll have to get some pictures of the knives I made last year for groomsmen gifts, and the traditional longbow I made a few years back. I know you’ll appreciate it

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 02:19 PM

I would fix that saw up. That is a great old saw, you can’t buy the quality cast iron like that today. You should be able to get all of the parts you need w/o too much trouble either. It will be a great saw and a source of pride to put it back in service.

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#10 posted 09-28-2012 01:55 PM

I ended up selling this saw, but I found a Jet 14” for $200 that I’m picking up tonight so I’m not too hurt by the way everything went down. The guy that bought my Delta pointed out a few other things that were missing so I would have been in the $400 range to get it revamped into shape.

Anyways I’m looking forward to getting some of the projects I’ve done up on here to share!!

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#11 posted 09-28-2012 08:29 PM

Go to and, or call 201-450-9810. they have replacement parts for your bandsaw and good quality blades.

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