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Paul

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09-24-2014 05:22 AM

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/4677670197.html

Emailed and going to check it out tomorrow. I have a tiny 9” bench top band saw, I don’t do a ton of work with it but when I do I always find myself wanting more re saw capacity and motor. From the little I have researched it seams like a pretty decent semi older saw.

Can this band saw accept a riser? and is it something worth while picking up to add a few bucks to?

Thanks,

Paul


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 09-24-2014 11:19 AM

I would use the saw for awhile before deciding to upgrade horsepower and adding a riser block.

Might want to check HP on that band saw if comes with OEM ½ HP motor may or may not want to put a riser kit. On the other hand may find that old ½ HP motor just as powerful as new Asian motors with higher HP ratings.

Have a friend that has old Delta w/riser kit 3/4HP US made motor and resaws 2-x lumber to make porch swings and has no problem resawing Oak all day long.

Delta says their current riser kit will fit all older Delta or Rockwell 14” band saws. Guess have to shop around for best price.

http://www.toolorbit.com/Delta/Delta-28-984.html

-- Bill

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Madwood

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 12:51 PM

Paul, I would run…not walk to get that bandsaw. Even though it’s underpowered for resawing, there are alot of upgrades available to turn it into a wood eating monster. I have a 70 vintage 28-200 I picked up from Clist a few yrs ago. I still have the original 1/2 HP motor on it and use it for light resawing and general cutting. It’s proven to be a great saw although I do intend to go with a 1 HP motor eventually. I hope you pick this up, you won’t regret it.

John

Oh yeah, I do have the riser block on mine

-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 01:03 PM



Paul, I would run…not walk to get that bandsaw.

- Madwood

+1 to that. If one of those in working condition showed up in my area anywhere under $200, I’d be all over it as fast as I could get there without a speeding ticket. Heck, I’d risk the ticket for the $125 price tag. If/when any of those saws show up in my area, they are either broken, missing parts or the seller wants $500 for it—sometimes all three.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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johnstoneb

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 01:11 PM

I would be all over that saw if it was in my area and I have 2 bandsaws now. It looks like it will take a riser. A sharp blade will overcome all sorts of so called power issues. If you decide to put a riser in I would do that before buying a lot of expensive blades. The new carbide blades can’t be beat for resaw but they are expensive.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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bigblockyeti

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 01:14 PM

That’s a pretty good deal, especially if it has cast iron wheels vs. the newer diecast aluminum ones. Yes it should be able to accept a riser block, but don’t get one until you need it, blade prices go up and off the shelf availability goes down. Check the tires for dry rot, cracking and flat spots, if they’re bad it’s certainly not a deal killer, new tires can be had for around $40. As long as the motor is single phase, I wouldn’t be in a hurry to upgrade as it will already be far superior to a 9” table top saw. Check the trunnions for cracks and take a square with you to make sure the table is square to the blade under tension on both axis. Take some hardwood with you too and give it a test run. Keep us posted on how it works out and good luck.

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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 08:32 PM

It’s an old Rockwell band saw and surely better than any other 14” saw available in the market today! It’s a solid saw; you’ll be pleased with it. The price seems fair too.

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distrbd

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 03:21 AM

Before running to buy that bandsaw you should read this thread:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/63788
I’m not saying it is a bad buy,it’s just older tools need TLC and upgrade specially if it wasn’t used much.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Paul

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 05:38 AM

Thanks for the input guys.

After an hour ride up north in my truck someone else was loading it up when I arrived. It was a bummer but someone got a good deal.

Paul

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OldWrangler

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 05:50 AM

Paul, you might have saved some money. I have the old Rockwell I bought new in ‘94. I have worked it hard for all these years and it is still one of my favorite tools. The upgrades will eat you up eventually. I probably have spent $250 to $300 in the last year on new parts. It’s not nearly as accurate as I would like but it is sure a work horse.

And it always starts on the first pull!

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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Paul

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#10 posted 09-25-2014 06:04 AM

WEN, distributes product locally at wholesale prices. they have a 14” band saw with a 9” re saw capacity for $370 bucks. looks like a good deal but very hisistant on pulling the trigger on newer un proven equipment.

Paul

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bigblockyeti

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#11 posted 09-25-2014 06:11 AM

The WEN name has been around for a long time, but like many other once reputable companies it’s almost certainly just a licensing deal or someone bought the name.

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#12 posted 09-25-2014 01:42 PM



The WEN name has been around for a long time, but like many other once reputable companies it s almost certainly just a licensing deal or someone bought the name.

- bigblockyeti


Look what happened with Rockwell, the Bladerunner. Not at all the quality of the originals. I have a Wen jigsaw from the 60’s and it’s still going strong.
John

-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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