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Forum topic by Tenfingers58 posted 11-03-2014 09:49 AM 689 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2014 09:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rockwell bandsaw bandsaw

I recently bought a Rockwell Model 20 vertical bandsaw. Series number 28-3X0. The serial number is 1816978.

I’m looking for any information on the saw. Previous owners have done a lot to this saw, not all of it good.

It now has a 1.5 horsepower 1725 rpm single phase motor. It has a three phase starter and plug which is why I guess no one else bought it. You couldn’t see the motor plate without removing the motor from the saw. (Almost an hour of fun due to access challenges)

I believe (from Googled pictures) that there used to be a round hole in the table for an insert where the blade passed through. Now there is a poorly machined rectangular hole in the table with a poorly fitting insert. The bottom of the hole isn’t flat with the table or even all that close to a rectangle. One end was also cut too deep so it penetrated the table. I’ll try to get wife to take a pic later today. I just got home from work so it’s about 05:00.

The blade guides need work (or replaced). I also need to find out a reasonable blade speed to replace the drive pulleys. A couple of the pulleys need replaced due to the fact they don’t fit the belt widths currently on the saw.

I plan to use the saw to resaw 4 to 12 inch wide boards for use with my scroll saw.

From the aluminum chips inside, I’m guessing it was just used to cut aluminum. No sawdust inside, so just aluminum.

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 10:37 AM

Wow, that is one sad puppy. Check out for a manual. You can register and post on for advice on rehab. Those guys are fantastic with this sort of thing.

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