Best Delta Band Saw 2021

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.

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Skil 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw

When we first saw the picture of this saw, we thought it looked like a kid’s toy.

BILT HARD 2.5-Amp 9-inch Band Saw

Benchtop Bandsaw for Woodworking, with Blade and Miter Gauge - CSA Listed

WEN 3960 2.8-Amp 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw

Unlike the Skil Band Saw, we knew right away that this was a tool. But looks matter less than performance.

Grizzly Industrial G0513X2-17" 2 HP Bandsaw w

More Powerful Motivation: Product size: 29 x 19 x 14 inches, Product weight: about 39 lbs.

Skil 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw

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.

What We Liked

  • The articulating work light which provides good visibility
  • The rack and pinion adjustments that were simple to operate
  • Having a miter gauge and rip fence come with the machine, instead of having to buy them separately

What We Didn’t Like

  • The motor—it lacks power and gets hot quickly
  • Adjusting blade guides is difficult because of the flimsy upper guide
  • The table is not flat, causing wood to get caught on it
WEN 3960 2.8-Amp 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw

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

Advantages

  • The Wen motor is a little stronger with 2.8 Amps compared to 2.5
  • Its cutting depth is 3 5/8, which is ½ inch more than the Skil
  • It warranties its product for two years instead of just one
  • The Wen is much heavier (39 pounds versus 16.5), making it a sturdier machine.

Disadvantages

  • The table is smaller—only 12 by 12

BILT HARD 2.5-Amp 9-inch Band Saw

  • More Powerful Motivation: Product size: 29 x 19 x 14 inches, Product weight: about 39 lbs. Bilt Hard band saw equipped powerful 2.5 amp ball bearing induction motor, no-load speed up to 1,450R/min, cuts different types of wood at 2,500ft/min. Max depth of cut 3 1/2-in and Max wide of cut 9-in.
  • Sturdy Adjustable Table: Cast iron table measures 12-1/4 x 11-7/8-in providing for a large and sturdy work surface. Upper table trunnion adjustment quickly tilts table up to 45° for accurate bevel cutting.
  • Include Dust Port: The benchtop band saw included a 2-1/2in standard diameter dust port that can accept a vacuum hose (not included) to help minimize dust and debris around the work space.
  • Blade Design: Two-wheel design, with a 59-1/2 in. long * 1/4-inch-wide blade, Support blades from 1/8 in. to 3/8 in. wide. Rapid set blade tensioning system can quickly replace the blade.
  • Warranty: We guarantee this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship 90 days from the date of purchase and 1 year limited warranty. Our support team is on standby for YOU.
Grizzly Industrial G0513X2-17" 2 HP Bandsaw w
  • 1-year warranty on parts. U.S.-Based support and parts dept.
  • Powerful 2HP Motor and Large Cutting Capacity
  • Extra-wide precision-ground cast-iron table
  • Stout Steel Frame and heavy computer-balanced wheels
  • Quick-change blade release/tensioner

What Happened to Delta Tools?

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.

  • In 1945, Delta was acquired by Rockwell Manufacturing Company. Rockwell kept the name Delta, calling it the Delta Power Tool Division of Rockwell.

That is why the older Delta Band Saw models are often called Rockwell Delta Band Saws.

  • In 1981, Pentair bought Rockwell. Pentair dropped the Rockwell name and called the new company Delta Machinery.
  • In 2005, Pentair sold Delta Machinery to Black and Decker
  • In 2011, Black and Decker sold Delta machinery again, this time to a Taiwanese company

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.

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