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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 11:47 PM

Blake,

Unfortunately, just because your bandsaw says Rockwell on it doesn’t mean it’s that old. My Delta/Rockwell bandsaw was made in August of 1981 and unfortunately that was not a very good decade for the Rockwell bandsaw. The quality was not nearly as high as bandsaws made in the 60’s and 70’s.

You might want to check out the Old Woodworking Machines. Create a login ID, start doing some reading on any of the forum entries for 14” bandsaws.

Here is a topic I made re: my 15” Rockwell drill press and my 14” Rockwell bandsaw and some of the things I had to go through and fix to remove the major vibrations from mine.

Ethan's Rockwell Bandsaw Forum Entry=

I also have a catalog from a company in the southeast (Georgia?) who specifically makes replacement and upgrade parts for bandsaws. I’ll try to dig that catalog up and get you the contact information. It took them a few weeks to get it to me, but it has a ton of information in it and you can order a replacement part for any part of your bandsaw.

I have yet to do it, but I plan on replacing my two pulleys next and then I’d like to set myself up with some new guide blocks. I found a half destroyed carver’s mallet on eBay a few months ago for real cheap. A big part of the mallet head had split off – I really just wanted it for the lignum vitae so I could cut it up and make guide blocks.

As soon as I started getting ready for that, I found out the guide blocks currently set up were round… great. So in addition to the new pulleys, I’ll probably order a new guide block setup, as well.

Anyway, hope that helps.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com


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