Rockwell 14" (CAT.28-200) Bandsaw. Upgrade guides? Riser?

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Forum topic by controlfreak posted 09-08-2020 08:22 PM 310 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2020 08:22 PM

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So I am rehabbing this saw I picked up for $200. It has a new Delta motor on it but have not had it running to make a cut yet. I have de-rusted the table. Need to check the tires completely but they are okay looking. The guide blocks are metal ones so I will need to decide to keep or go ceramic, Cool or Carter. I know carter will be the more expensive option but any advise will be appreciated.

The other issue is add riser kit before I start buying blades or wait till i have the need. I have keep in mind that with the riser kit at about $260 and Cater Guides at $170 I would be at $650.00 all in if I really got this thing jazzed up. i would love to hear from the experts.

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#1 posted 09-08-2020 09:08 PM

Best guide blocks are the original metal HSS ones you have now, so I wouldn’t touch those. Riser block will reduce the size (width) of blade you can run, and increases your chance of damaging the upper wheel mechanics, which is a weak point on these saws. If you plan on doing a lot of re-sawing, I’d look for a larger steel frame machine instead, and leave the little 14” dedicated to more delicate work.

And in case you haven’t already seen it, here is the obligatory bandsaw tune up video:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass


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#2 posted 09-08-2020 10:10 PM

you may be surprised at how well it works with trued tires and steel guides. Resawing boards over 6” wide is less fun than you may have been led to believe. If you really are a control freak, you might get frustrated trying to hot rod a machine to do work it wasn’t designed for.

14” saws can do really nice work within their limits. They can even resaw guitar plates with a meticulous attention to every detail and a riser kit. If meticulous attention to detail is your thing, you may want to go for it… or keep the basic saw for curves and get yourself an 18-20” saw for resaw and straight cuts later.

I should admit I have a 14” Makita resaw but the thing is seriously overbuilt compared to a Delta. It also runs 3” wide blades.

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#3 posted 09-09-2020 12:10 AM

Very interesting, I have seen some videos of Alex Snodgrass and he is a master. I now think I will tune and make the best of what I have and if the need arises,with added shop space, get a bigger saw. I will give it a shot with what I have and cut my expense at the purchase price …....and the mobile base…...and the blades…...

Thanks for the gut check guys

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