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Forum topic by johnnywoodworker posted 06-25-2018 04:42 PM 301 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2018 04:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw rockwell model 14 delta

Hello everyone. I am looking at possibly picking up a Rockwell Model 14 band saw this evening. It looks super clean. Has Nice paint, Original Rockwell 1/2hp motor, Original Fence, Original work light. It also has a mobile base. He says it is in great shape with no virtually no rust and was well taken care of. He says all tires/parts are good and I can fire it up and cut some wood. The seller will take $500. No less. I’ve been watching for months and when they do come up they are always around this price but rarely this clean and almost never complete with everything. I am new to bandsaws. Never owned one but have been talking with folks who highly recommend this saw. What do you think? Please let me know what I should look for before I buy it? I have almost zero knowledge with this.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 06-25-2018 04:46 PM

Price is a little rich for me. I’d rather find a dirty one and restore it.

For that price I’d just buy a grizzly.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 06-25-2018 04:52 PM

It’s a good quality saw. The price is decent and you won’t have to rehab anything if the owner’s being up-front with you. I suspect he is, if for no other reason than he offered to allow you to test-drive it. If everything works properly, I’d take it home tonight. Personally, I’d rather use it right away than have to re-build it to save a few bucks, but that’s me. No criticism of others. To each his own.

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#3 posted 06-25-2018 04:56 PM

@kkaucher thanks. what would you advise me to pay attention to while I’m checking out the saw? I’m not familiar with the parts of a band saw. I hear things about bearings, guides, tires, etc. I can watch a few YouTube videos to familiarize myself before I go. If I have to replace bearings, guides, etc. are these parts expensive?

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#4 posted 06-25-2018 05:26 PM

I m not familiar with the parts of a band saw. I hear things about bearings, guides, tires, etc.[...] If I have to replace bearings, guides, etc. are these parts expensive?
- johnnywoodworker

Here are all of the parts involved :)

If it’s plug-n-play as the seller states, then you shouldn’t need to worry about tires, belts, etc… I usually will replace the bearings regardless just so I know they are good (~$20). Thrust bearings (part of the guides) are considered consumables, but are cheap (standard 6200-ZZ bearings). Other than that, just make sure nothing is broken/cracked. It’s the missing and broken stuff that can really bite you in the wallet. As for price, that is for you to decide – although I would consider it on the high side.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 06-25-2018 05:27 PM

@MrUnix, thanks!

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#6 posted 06-25-2018 05:33 PM

I agree with Fridge, at that price I’d rather have something newer.

Does it have the riser block or is it just the standard 6” resaw capacity?

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#7 posted 06-25-2018 05:35 PM

Seems kinda spendy to me for that saw. But, it is a good saw and parts are pretty universal and readily available. So if it’s in good shape and that’s a good price for your location, go for it. Around here, that’s a $250-$300 saw in good working condition. To Fridge’s point though, another $100 gets a new Grizzly…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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johnnywoodworker

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#8 posted 06-25-2018 05:37 PM

@Steve, it’s a standard saw. No riser.

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johnnywoodworker

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#9 posted 06-25-2018 05:38 PM

@HokieKen thanks. I wish it was a $250 – $300 saw around here! The ones I see at that price are really bad shape usually.

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johnnywoodworker

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#10 posted 06-25-2018 06:31 PM

Thanks for your responses guys. I have decided not to get it. I really want the ability to resaw a bit higher than that. My gut says to pass on this one.

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#11 posted 06-25-2018 06:34 PM

Good call IMO johnny.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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johnnywoodworker

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#12 posted 06-25-2018 06:42 PM

Thanks Kenny. It really looks nice but when the gut says no, I gotta listen. May be a better deal just around the corner. And I like good deals! Lol.

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#13 posted 06-25-2018 07:04 PM

Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to look pretty to be 100% functional, and cosmetic issues can lower the price significantly. For example, the last Delta BS I bought was fully functional, but it certainly wouldn’t win any beauty contests.

However, it also cost me less than 20% of the asking price of the one you were looking at.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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johnnywoodworker

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#14 posted 06-25-2018 07:07 PM

Hey Brad, I’m with ya. I usually go for the deals. Looks like you got a steal. I’ll be patient and wait for that!

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