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07-14-2020 11:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hi i have an opportunity to buy an old rockwell for 225 or a delta bandsaw for 300 the delta bandsaw looks in really good condition they are both 14-inch and im looking to resaw some lumber im a beginner woodworker and im not looking to spend a whole lot


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#1 posted 07-15-2020 01:17 AM

Delta and Rockwell are one and the same. Rockwell bought Delta in 1945 and owned the brand until they sold it to Pentair in 1984. Most machines continued to be branded as Delta, while for a few years, they tried also branding them as Rockwell. The machines were identical though. Even after being sold, the Delta bandsaw basically remained unchanged with only very slight changes – such as hinged wheel covers instead of fully removable. Cost reductions began once sold to Pentair – which an be identified by the triangle logo. And after they sold to Black and Decker in 2005, they really started a decline, so generally the older, the better.

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Brad

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#2 posted 07-15-2020 01:18 AM

So are you saying I should get the cheaper one? Haha or for that price it’s still not worth it?


Delta and Rockwell are one and the same. Rockwell bought Delta in 1945 and owned the brand until they sold it to Pentair in 1984. Most machines were continued to be branded as Delta, while for a few years, they tried also branding them as Rockwell. The machines were identical.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 07-15-2020 10:53 AM

The older one sure need some clean up a lot of surface rust. The condition of the wheel rubber

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#4 posted 07-15-2020 12:42 PM

Think I would take the rusty old Rockwell. Price is right on both.

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#5 posted 07-15-2020 01:05 PM

Those are great prices in my neck of the woods. Two considerations… the older one is heavier so should vibrate less and the newer will be easier to maintain. For example, changing and adjusting belt is much more difficult with an enclosed stand. Also, inspect the band saw motor, tires, pulleys, and tensioning parts carefully, especially on the older one. I purchased an older one used in school workshops and found the tension cast parts were cracked and the replacement motor was underpowered and had to be replaced.

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#6 posted 07-15-2020 01:29 PM

I appreciate the response. Do you think I can resaw on these? I’m just a hobbyist and looking to rrsaw small pieces. Thanks!


Those are great prices in my neck of the woods. Two considerations… the older one is heavier so should vibrate less and the newer will be easier to maintain. For example, changing and adjusting belt is much more difficult with an enclosed stand. Also, inspect the band saw motor, tires, pulleys, and tensioning parts carefully, especially on the older one. I purchased an older one used in school workshops and found the tension cast parts were cracked and the replacement motor was underpowered and had to be replaced.

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#7 posted 07-15-2020 02:52 PM

Yes, you can resaw on any properly tuned saw with the right blade. Once you’ve gone through whichever saw you choose and looked to see if you need tires, blocks, and or a spring, you’ll be best off with 3/8” or 1/2” blade with 4 TPI

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