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Forum topic by dbw posted 09-25-2021 08:56 PM 241 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2021 08:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockwell band saw

Someone is selling this machine on CL. He wants $850. It has new urethane tires, Carter Roller Bearing Guides, Carter Stabilizer Guide, 7 blades (Delta and Timber Wolf, and a mobile base. Worth it?

Edit: It appears to be in excellent shape. No visible rust.

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#1 posted 09-25-2021 09:04 PM

If you buy it for that you’ll probably have a hard time reselling it for the same, but if having a band saw at this point means a lot to you…

I think it’s overpriced by $250 at least and if it’s an old machine overpriced by a lot.

By way of comparison I passed on a pretty new Delta for $300 in my area. I figured I could resell it but in the end I didn’t want to go through the hassle and maneuvering around it in my shop.

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#2 posted 09-25-2021 09:21 PM

I think it s overpriced by $250 at least and if it s an old machine overpriced by a lot.
- Loren


And IMO, those carter guides actually reduce the price it’s worth, as they significantly increase the long term maintenance cost of that machine without any real benefit. If you are serious about buying, ask if he still has the original guides.

Delta band saws around here in excellent condition will usually fetch upwards of $400 and not much more.


PS: Rockwell = Delta

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#3 posted 09-26-2021 12:06 AM

That depends of the machine situation. If it’s a 50-70 years old restored machine, with historical value, perhaps the price is right (Nostalgia stuff) But if you are looking for a good machine with just woodworking in mind, you are paying way too much money.

I will give two examples.
1. I found a 1970 Rockwell 28-300 Metal-Wood Cutting, in a garage sale about 6 months ago, that machine has a gear box cause when cutting steel it works at a much lower speed compared with wood cutting speed. So it is a more complex machine. It was in a neglected condition, but everything was there, no parts were needed, except for new oil, gasket, belts, cold blocks, knobs and a new switch. I paid $50 for the machine.

2.I got a 1990 Delta, Made in USA, 28-245 a month ago, the machine is like new, the guy was asking $200, but as the upper blade guide was cracked, I managed to lower the price to $150. A fellow Lumberjocker sold to me the OEM guides for $30. I have a new machine right here!

Community colleges nationwide are constantly closing down their woodworking and metalworking shops, and sending all those machines to be auctioned… easily can get the same machine for a much much lower price

-- "Menos es mas" Ludwing Mies Van Der Rohe

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