|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 344 days ago||1170 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
344 days ago
So I was blessed with a 20” Rockwell bandsaw for 150.00. I can only find the Serial number 123-334 but cannot find a model number. The wheels measure 20” and spin freely. The throat from blade to far left is 20” so I am assuming this is a 20” bandsaw. The seller stated it was a 16” bandsaw but it is comparable in size to our 20” PM.
The bandsaw is single phase 1 hp Rockwell motor that runs 2 belts. The motor is in running condition. I am looking forward to a complete cleaning and restoration of this old heavy American machinery. I will restore it for my own personal fun.
I plan to repair and replace the bearing head (this is the only part that is broken, and the reason the seller indicated he was selling so cheap). I am including a picture of the broken bearing head. I am hoping Carter bearings can help me with a new upgraded guide bearing head.
I plan to clean the surface rust, and wax the table top.
I will apply a new shiny lacquer paint job to the machine.
I am considering replacing the 1 hp Rockwell motor with a 2 hp Leeson if this is even possible. Then I will be able to use the 1 hp Rockwell single phase motor on other projects I have for the future.
The wheels and tires seem in decent condition and should be fine.
Put a new blade on it and keep it around if not for anything more than the pure love of old restored machines.
I will include pics in this thread before and after as I proceed. Stay tuned.
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net