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Forum topic by Hautions posted 11-20-2012 10:33 PM 1217 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2012 10:33 PM

Ok I was looking for a band saw and found a Grizzly table saw. Leaving town bit I will buy the cabinet saw after T-Giving. Thanks for all the input. Here is the next dilemma. I saw a Rockwell band saw om CL but did not look further as it was old and I was unsure as to what it was. Now after a little research, it is Delta and most parts fit both. After a few emails to the owner, listed 6 wks, he is OK with $150 down from $275. Weigh in please, no fence, but the fence rails are there. I have seen people make fences for re-sawing.

Looks old but I read the Rockwell switched back to Delta in about 1984. Thoughts?

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 10:39 PM

for 150? it’s a steal! those are well made saws. with a little tweaking/setup they will work forever. a fence is easily made even in the shop.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 10:56 PM

It would be a good project to fix up! I’ve heard rockwell makes good saws.

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 11:15 PM

I am worried about the nickle and dime stuff, cool blocks, tires etc, but none of that appears to be very expensive.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#4 posted 11-21-2012 11:00 AM

Look on the site and you will find lots of good info for fixing it up. Bearings and belts and some tuning up. Tires can had from Woodworker’s Toolworks. Blades can be gotten from them also. Skip the coolblocks and just refresh the steel blade guides. bob

-- Bob

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#5 posted 11-21-2012 11:59 AM

That’s a great buy. Almost all the minor stuff that may be missing can be bought from Iturra. It could be the last bandsaw you’ll ever need.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 11-21-2012 01:06 PM

Damn score! Run and get it :)

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#7 posted 11-21-2012 01:26 PM

$150? Where is it – I’ll get it and you won’t have to worry about the nickle and dime stuff.

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#8 posted 11-21-2012 01:43 PM

Wow that is a lot of positive responses. Can anybody comment on the year it was produced? Early 80’s would be the newest from my understanding. I want to re-saw with it, but at 1/2 to 3/4 is that under powered? I have read a good set up and blade really out weigh brute HP. Thanks for all the input. At home for the holidays, but drive back Sat within 30 miles of the guys house. Maybe detour, look at it, leave $ and come back with the van.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#9 posted 11-22-2012 02:58 AM

Even if the motor or bearings are bad, that seems like a good deal as parts are readily available and they are relatively simple to work on. I’d buy it and I don’t even need a third bandsaw!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 11-22-2012 12:59 PM

In my wonderful time off at home I did some more internet diving and found someone local with recovered 1725 electric motors from 1-2 Hp. If I could find the right shaft size etc 1 1/2 hp would make a killer re-saw unit. I like the idea of a low cost older model that is solidly built and turn it in to something nice. Thanks for everyone’s help and information.

Owner emailed me pictures of the motor, but unfortunately, not the spec plate.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#11 posted 11-22-2012 01:39 PM

Don’t worry about the shaft size or frame type. Pulley diameter is all that matters and you should be able to get something that works at a motor repair shop or online. You can fab up a mount or drill new holes in the lower shelf easily. As long as it turns at the right speed in the right direction and has the HP you want you should be able to make it work.

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