|Project by Jeff||posted 06-01-2009 08:03 AM||18174 views||10 times favorited||15 comments|
A friend of mine got this bandsaw while stationed in Hawaii. When he moved back to the states, it sat on a ship for a couple of weeks at sea and most likely where it rusted, but I have a feeling it was in bad shape before that. Anyway, he loaned it to me indefinitely, so I thought while I was going to be using it I would fix it up a bit. Before I saw it, I knew the table would need some work, but I had no clue what kind of shape it was in.
At the first look, it appeared to be in okay shape, nothing obviously broken or missing. It is a Rockwell 14” floor model, and I think it was made in 1977. The model # is 28-200. There is what appears to be a date code in the cast iron, 11-30-77. I did a little research on it, since I had basically no knowledge of band saws, and tried to find some users manuals or something on it.
After disassembling the whole thing, except the riser, I laid out all the pieces and got to work. I first cleaned all the parts with a dry cloth then used Boeshield’s Rust Free to get the top clean. I also used one of those sanding blocks that is solid sanding material. Hard to explain, but I bought it at Woodcraft, worked great as you can see. The top was in the worst condition. I used a product from Boeshield called Rust Free to remove the rust. It is non-Toxic and biodegradeable. I also used T-9 for lubrication and protection on the bare metal parts and also a blade cleaner from Boeshield. The paint was Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel. I cleaned up the small parts like the knobs and bolt threads with a wire wheel and some good ole elbow grease. I even went so far as to repaint the letters on the Start/Stop switches. And that was the only piece I had to replace was a screw that held that switch to the base.
All in all, this was a fun project since I really didn’t know much in detail about tuning or adjusting a bandsaw. Well, I sure had to learn when I put it all back together. It works well, but I have a hard time with curves, not sure if the tension is not right or if the guide blocks are not adjusted correctly, but in any case it has worked well for a couple of years now.
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