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Delta Manufacturing Co.
Milwaukee, WI; Jackson, TN
Crescent Machine Co.
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Karl J. Shields
Model 28-350--CBS--Delta/Crescent/Rockwell 20-inch Wood Cutting Band Saw
Date of Manufacturer:
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5/19/2009 10:11:20 PM
Another interesting piece Delta history. While sporting both the Delta and Rockwell names on the the serial number tag--"Delta Mfg. Division" and "Rockwell Manufacturing Co."--the serial number itself is clearly of Crescent origin. Even so, the front logo tag (pic forthcoming) is Delta alone.
Currently in pieces and awaiting restoration, this CBS (CBS--Crescent Band Saw--is the prefix of each casting and part number) spent its last years cutting foam in a pattern shop in Beloit, Wisconsin before being purchased by yours truly in the Fall of 2004.
The third photo is of the custom mobile base fabricated by Rick Chamberlain, modeled after one he constructed for his own saw. It provides remarkable stability and mobility. Thanks, Rick!
Update: Fall 2008:
I sold my trusty 14-inch Delta to a friend, thus pushing this fella to the front of the restoration queue. The original upper guides were a mangled mess, due to being dropped on the table "one to many times," and badly brazed. Carter guides were installed, and a Jet-Lock fence was modified to fit the bandsaw. The fence originally started life on IRM's Unisaw, but was made suplus to their needs by the installation of an aftermarket fence. Fortunately for me, the fence body on this particular example is aluminum, which made for a fairly easy modification.
In pieces awaiting restoration and assembly
Delta MfgDiv of Rockwell, with a Crescent serial number
Adapted Jet Lock fence and Carter guides
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