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Forum topic by Guswah posted 09-13-2018 04:45 AM 174 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Guswah

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09-13-2018 04:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I’m considering buying a Rockwell 28-350 20” bandsaw. When I look up the manuals for this old beast online, I see that there were three or four versions. The tag on the unit that I’m considering simply states Rockwell 28-350. The images I’ve found online all look pretty much like this one, but those images don’t specify which of the four models they represent.

Does anyone know how I would tell them apart, and what were the improvements in later models?

-- A woodworker's skill is usually proportional to the number of clamps he possesses.


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#1 posted 09-13-2018 01:59 PM

You might have good luck finding info over at http://vintagemachinery.org/

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#2 posted 09-13-2018 02:01 PM

Been there. Nothing to be found that specifically identifies the models.

-- A woodworker's skill is usually proportional to the number of clamps he possesses.

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#3 posted 09-13-2018 03:12 PM

AFAIK, Delta only made one 20” model 28-350 – introduced in 1951 and produced until around 1970. Manual can be found here:

20-inch Wood Cutting Band Saw Operation and Parts
PM-1707 Revised 5-15-56

(more parts lists and other documentation can be found here)
If you can get a serial number, you can date the machine and look up its catalog entry.

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Brad

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#4 posted 09-13-2018 11:50 PM


AFAIK, Delta only made one 20” model 28-350 –

- MrUnix

There are 4 distinct variations of the 28-350, there is a A, B, C and D version. The general saw appears the same. Honestly unless one needs to replace the guides (there are 3 variations of how the guides attach) the variation makes no difference. You can determine the the version by dating the saw, the 28-350 was actually built prior to 1950 and those will have a A at the end of the serial number, the have the one potential big difference in that some fo the A series were made with CI wheels instead of AL. I have had maybe a dozen through the shop over the years the only time I paid attention to the variation was as I said changing guides. I have a soft spot for the saw since despite the Powermatic 81 being the better of the light duty steel spined 20” saws of the era the Delta just looks better and I just plain don’t like the Yates J-line saws.

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