Delta 28-206 Bandsaw
Here are some pictures of my Delta model 28-206 bandsaw. If you want to see the detailed specs on it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and have a look.
The hinged doors in the stand are a nice touch - much nicer than having the doors bolted on or some similar method if you ask me. If you enclose the bottom with a sheet of plywood, it makes for a nice storage area for bandsaw blades and accessories. (such as a fence if you're not using it in a current operation) There are also rubber pads that are stuck to the door frames in the stand, which prevents any vibration noises from occuring in an otherwise metal-on-metal contact point when the doors are closed.
In this shot of the rear of the saw, you can see the quick-release tension lever (the arm with the round knob pointing towards the left). It is one of the nicer additions to this saw as it enables you to easily take the tension off when you stop working at the end of the day and put it back on in a snap the next time you use the saw.
You can also see the large, four inch dust port that is cast into the frame of the lower wheel housing. I removed the metal grate on mine because it can clog up with shavings when doing heavy resawing. The grate can be easily replaced as it attaches using two screws. You may want to leave it on as a safety measure or if your dust collector doesn't have its own grate at the inlet duct. The four inch dust port works very well with this machine provided that you have a good dust collector.
With the wheel housing doors opened, you can see that Delta uses more spokes in their wheels than most other manufacturers in this size and price range. The extra spokes give it more mass to create a flywheel effect, and they also make the wheels stronger. They have also been balanced nicely. The hinged doors make for quick adjustments and blade changes compared to the bolt-on doors used by many saws in the past. The miter slot will accept a standard-sized miter gauge, so you can use the one that came with your table saw or use a nice aftermarket one, as I do.
I added the Fasttrack bandsaw fence and resaw fence to my saw. The resaw fence is the vertical curved block attached to the horizontal fence piece. It allows you to maintain a cutline while resawing very easily. Both fence pieces can be easily and quickly removed in the event that you need to use the entire table surface.
This is the mobile base that I have under my saw. I placed a piece of 1/2" plywood in the bottom before setting the saw on it in order to enclose the bottom of the stand. As I mentioned earlier, this turns it into a nice storage cabinet. Just be sure that you don't stack things up in there to the point that it interferes with the motor or belt. In reality, though, there is plenty of room beneath them for blades and other accessories.
Delta 28-206 Specifications (per Delta's website)
• Nine-spoke wheels.
• Full 16" X 16" cast-iron table tilts 45° right and 3° left for beveling operations.
• 4" integral dust port.
• Cast iron trunnions.
• Lower blade guides have safe, accurate, micrometer adjustment
• Lower guides angled to support blade to within 3/4" of table work surface- assures accurate cutting.
• 1 HP
• Frame to blade: 13 3/4"
• Under guide and wheel: 6 1/4"
• Under guide and wheel (with 28-984 height attachment): 12 1/4"
• Speed: 2500/3000 SFPM (762/914 SMPM)
• Size: 16" X 16"
• Groove: 3/8" X 3/4"
• Tilt: 45° R; 3°
• Height from floor: 42 3/4
• Width: 3/4"
> Maximum: 94"
Minimum: 91 1/2"
> Standard: 93 1/2"
• Length (with 28-984 ht. attachment):
> Maximum: 106"
Minimum: 103 1/2"
• Heigth: 65 1/2"
• Width with open stand: 31"
• Front to rear: 17 1/2"
• 246 lbs.(112 kg.)