It is always disappointing when you want to replace a tool you love and learn that it is no longer made. That is the case with the Delta Band Saw 28-150. If you need a Band Saw that works, you have three choices—take a chance and buy a used one, find replacement parts for your Delta 28-150, or purchase a new 9-inch Band Saw. Hopefully, our research will help you make a choice.
When we first saw the picture of this saw, we thought it looked like a kid’s toy. At 32 inches tall, this table-top Band Saw is clearly not a kid’s toy. The front side is red while the back is black. Not sure why that is, except that most Skil products have that distinctive red. This saw has all the standard features of a 9-inch saw—2.5 amp motor, 11 by 16 table top, and cutting depth of 3 1/8 inches.
Unlike the Skil Band Saw, we knew right away that this was a tool. But looks matter less than performance.
Compared to the Skil this saw had several advantages, a few disadvantages, and some features that came out even
Trying to figure out who makes what tools is difficult. For example, Delta Tools is part of the Apex Tool group, which includes some lesser-known brands such as Dotco, Weller, and Lufkin. Rockwell is part of Positec, which also owns Worx. So, was Rockwell Delta ever one company?
Yes. In 1919 Herbert Tautz started the Delta Specialty Company, focusing on smaller tools for the home market.
That is why the older Delta Band Saw models are often called Rockwell Delta Band Saws.
Although Delta tools are manufactured overseas, the company continues to do some production work in the United States, with a plant based in South Carolina. That’s a long way from Wisconsin, where Herbert Tautz started Delta.
Therefore, a Rockwell Delta Band Saw and a Delta Band Saw were made by the same company but at different times. If you see a Rockwell, it was built before 1961. If it still works, the owner probably won’t part with it.