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08-19-2019 01:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockwell bandsaw questions

Wondering if this was a good deal or not and if it’s as good of a saw as I think it is. Picked it up at a estate sale today for $60 plus the little atlas jointer behind it for $40

-- Dwags

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#1 posted 08-19-2019 02:03 PM

A bandsaw is a great shop tool to have around. Yours looks like a standard 14” model that appears to be in fine cosmetic shape (usually means it hasn’t been abused). Aside from serious resewing, it’ll cover about 90% of typical bandsaw use where a wide blade and/or lots of power is required.
Either way, if it works and doesn’t need repairs like bearings or tires, at $60 I think you did very well indeed.

The jointer is a small unit that will serve well for edging short lumber and not take up a lot of floor space.
Also assuming it is in good working order I feel $40 si also a fine deal.

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#2 posted 08-19-2019 02:04 PM

Is that a Rockwell/Delta bandsaw?
Looks pretty much like the std. 14” Delta. I’ve got a Buffalo that’s a knockoff of that machine, and it’s ok for the money (gifted to me), but I’d bet a $20 the Rockwell is a better machine.

I don’t think you got burned if you only spent $100 for two cast iron machines.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#3 posted 08-19-2019 03:39 PM

I think you deserve a “you suck”.

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#4 posted 08-19-2019 03:55 PM

FIX YOUR PICTURE :<(((((((((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 08-19-2019 04:10 PM

Why? It is a horizontal bandsaw.

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#6 posted 08-19-2019 04:20 PM

‘Did I do okay?’ Seriously?

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#7 posted 08-19-2019 05:33 PM

Yes, that was a very good deal. The Delta band saw you have is what all the other 14” cast iron saws are copies of, and is built to last.


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#8 posted 08-19-2019 05:54 PM

Did I do okay? Seriously?

- dhazelton

Yeah I was being serious, I’m only in my 30’s and have all new equipment and my current band saw sucks.
I have never bought anything older

-- Dwags

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#9 posted 08-19-2019 10:00 PM

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#10 posted 08-19-2019 10:41 PM

Congrats you scored!

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#11 posted 08-21-2019 03:33 PM

Did I do okay? Seriously?

- dhazelton

I’d have bought it for that price, no problem. Like I said, you didn’t get burned.

What size blade does it use? If it’s an uncommon size like my 14” Buffalo, you can put a riser block in it with little trouble.
Also you may want to replace the tires with Urethane if they’re rubber. But that’s not a big deal either.

Use it. Make something cool. Upgrade it. Enjoy it.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#12 posted 08-22-2019 07:28 PM

You did REAL good. Not a bad looking bandsaw. If it were in my area, even though I have an 18 inch Rikon bandsaw, I’d have bought it and easily re-sold it for between $250 and $350. Put a good blade on it from Iturra Design and start making sawdust.

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#13 posted 08-22-2019 08:03 PM

- Jim Finn

Thank you for your service sir!

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#14 posted 08-22-2019 09:01 PM

If you just scored a USA made Rockwell 14” band saw for $40, I’m very sad.
It’s not the bargain price, it is the seller committed a crime by selling USA cast iron for peanuts. LOL

That saw was the pattern tool the Taiwan mfg cloned in 60’s and continues to be built even today.

Bandsaws are not as durable as Unisaw, and don’t see them very often in this century. Can’t remember seeing a USA made Rockwell 14” band saw for sale in the last 10-15 years?
IMHO – Lucky is understatement.

Take good care of it, and it will serve you well.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#15 posted 08-22-2019 09:07 PM

You suck!! Welcome to lj’s.

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