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Crescent Machine Co.
Leetonia, OH

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Band Saw
Machine Size: 20"
Submitted By: Bill Widmer
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 28-350 20" Delta/Crescent Bandsaw
Date of Manufacturer: Pre-1953
Serial Number: 591-B (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 11/24/2006 9:20:35 PM

Comments:
Bought from University of Florida on auction. They aquired it from a Federal Gov't surplus auction, the saw needed new tires and it seems they had trouble getting the correct ones for this saw. They gave up on it and left it sitting outside for several years before getting around to selling it. Was hard going to work and watching this saw slowly rust. Saw must have been dropped at one point in getting it ready to auction as the table bracket was broken when received and it was intact shortly before the auction (sigh - though my bid was adjusted accordingly). Fortunately I have a brother skilled in cast iron repair who fixed the bracket by putting in pins and brazing with pre/postheat treatments. Had an interesting time at the airport when security scanned my checked suitcase containing the 2 bracket pieces on the way up and the fixed bracket on return (what the he-l you got in there?). Security was understanding when I quoted what Delta wanted for a replacement bracket and no problem since it was checked.

Finally got the saw completed over about 2 1/2 years of scattered attention. Saw was completely sandbasted and painted, all bearings replaced, guides refurbished with clear laquer, and new tires installed. The top and bottom wheel bearings actually seemed to be OK, but decided to replace them since was completely tearing down the saw and it had sat outside for so long (likely would have left the bottom ones alone if I had known the replacement set cost was $70, but the old ones were out and dinged). Was going to replace the original 1HP 3ph motor with a single phase motor and then came across a VFD allowing me to use the original 3ph motor. The VFD is on the back of the saw and mounted inside the box of an old defunct voltage stabilizer which was gutted and an appropriate hole cut into the box for the front. Orignally sas hoping the VFD could also be used to slow the blade speed down enough for metal cutting as well, but was not to be. As it turns out, would not have been practical anyway as metal cutting also requires cutting oil and messy to clean up for subsequent wood cutting. Installed the modified toothbrush/tire cleaner as suggested by Bob Vaughn and this finished saw is everything I hoped it would be. Much nicer than a 14" which is what I was looking for when this one fell in my lap.

Photo 1:

Comments: Front and back view of finished saw
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Photo 2:

Comments: Logo, SN plate & saw almost finished
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Comments: Original saw after table and broken bracket were removed for repair
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