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Forum topic by gbrown4 posted 08-14-2011 06:13 PM 10463 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2011 06:13 PM

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This past Friday I picked this RBI Hawk Scroll saw up on craigs list for $75.00. I am in need for a manual to help me set the tension on the blade. I have broken several good blades trying to get it adjusted correctly. The blades seem to break, right above the lower blade holder. The lower holder is a round holder. I email the new company that now makes the RBI scroll saws but would like info I can get. I could not believe the condition of the saw when I went to pick it up, it looks like it was used very little.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 07:22 PM

I have the same saw , Yours looks like brand new .I payed 1200.00 7 years ago.The ajuster is on the back ,when you filp that make sure it dont pull to hard , I thought I was tighening it to much but when I slowed the speed down it quit breaking blades.the speed control is in the right front on the side. I wlill look for my manual.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 10:04 PM

That is a beautiful saw!

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 07:36 PM

I just received a manual from the new owners of the Hawk. They also have parts and scroll saws. I was placing the blade incorrectly into the lower blade holder and breaking the blades. Once I read the correct procedure WOW what a difference.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 07:54 PM

You got a great deal on that saw. I had the same model and only sold it because I had an opportunity to buy the 26 inch version. Be sure to visit for free patterns, tutorials and a forum for scrollsawyers. If this is your first scrollsaw, you have entered a wonderful hobby.

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 08:06 PM

Bill, not my first but third. I had a 16” delta then my Dad gave me a craftsman professional saw. I currently have a Delta Q3 and the Hawk. I like the vs of the Q3 but scares the you know what out of me when the blade breaks. What would the going price be for the Hawk these days?

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#6 posted 09-23-2013 03:37 PM

I just purchased a used RBI Hawk 220 VS for my wife. I was looking for my instruction booklet but am unable to locate. Does anyone know where I can obtain a copy? My Saw looks very like the one pictured and I think the instructions would be very similar. Thanks Kelsey S

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#7 posted 09-23-2013 03:48 PM

This lady can help you with anything related to this saw

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#8 posted 09-23-2013 03:51 PM

But I gave the manual to the new owner when I sold it. You could request one from Bushton Industries. They are the new company that bought RBI when the went out of business. check out their website

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#9 posted 09-23-2013 04:56 PM

Did you try google?
rbi hawk 220 vs manual filetype:pdf

first and second result gives a pdf version of the manual for the 216VS, 220VS and 226 VS.

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 04:59 PM

This page on the hawk woodworking site has pdf’s of all the scroll saw manuals.

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#11 posted 09-23-2013 05:23 PM

Well it lasted three years, but you have me beat. I picked up my wife’s version of that saw for $100 and felt badly enough about taking advantage of the seller (not badly enough to pay more, of course) that I helped her price the rest of her late father’s tools more appropriately.

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#12 posted 09-23-2013 05:53 PM

Thank you all for replying to my plea. I did just what one member suggested and googled my need. I found and downloaded a PDF file.
Thanks again Kelsey S

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