Is this old bandsaw worth it?

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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 06-06-2011 04:34 PM 5565 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2011 04:34 PM

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Was driving around this weekend and saw someone selling an old bandsaw. I didn’t have time to get out of the car and check it out, however, it did peek my curiosity.

I saw that it was a Rockwell/Beaver model. It seemed rather old (can sometimes be a good thing, right!) and it seemed to have it’s belt exposed on the back. It had a small table (1 sq ft at most, maybe 10” square).

Since I didn’t get out of the car, I don’t know what length of blades it accepts nor what kind of motor it has…

it did look kind of like this one, maybe even older (edit: or it might of been missing the back cover):

So…could this be worth rescuing? I’d want something that is semi-decent. I want a do everything bandsaw, except I don’t care about resawing for now. I do want to be able to cut 2” thick pieces of wood though.

No idea on the price (not even sure it still works)...but the guy had it in his driveway the entire weekend and it didn’t seem to sell.



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#1 posted 06-06-2011 04:39 PM

Hard to tell if it is diamond or a lump of coal. IMO, used 10” bandsaws aren’t worth much, but you need to determine more about the condition it is in, the price, and see how it might fit your needs.


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#2 posted 06-06-2011 04:51 PM

Worth about $50, imo. He probably wanted more for it.

If you want a little band saw, it may suit your needs though.

I’m a fan of the big band saw for mostly straight cutting and
a small one for curves and smaller joinery.

That small saw will cut 2 inch wood fine with a sharp blade and
a decent motor. For satisfying saw-work on a saw that size,
I’d want at least a 3/4 hp motor.

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 05:01 PM

Does it have a yellow cover? That looks a lot like the one I have and it is a dog. Matthias Wandel has plans available on his website for building your own bandsaw using wood and I think I will go that route when I get the money together. It isn’t expensive, but my finances have been hurting. You can see his work at

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 05:23 PM

Scott: It was all grey’ish color. It also had an open metal stand.


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#5 posted 06-06-2011 05:26 PM

Hopefully it is better than what I have. I spent hours trying to tune mine and I still can’t cut a straight line with mine. The drift is horrible. I only use mine for very rough curves.

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 07:22 PM

The gray covers were sold before the yellow covers.

Walk away with a smile on your face. That bandsaw is too small and needs constant adjustments to keep it cutting well. I had one and cursed every time I used it.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 07:35 PM

Thanks Brian! I will heed your warnings


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#8 posted 06-06-2011 08:37 PM

If it was like the one I had bought brand new many years ago, it also had three wheels, which was a bear to get the blade to track correctly, but I sold mine within a couple hours of listing in our local Bargain Finder paper…

It worked ok, I guess, but as Brian points out, it did need constant adjustment.

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