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Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Band Saw
Machine Size: 20"
Submitted By: George R. Hoelzeman
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 28-3X0
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Serial Number: 1780260 (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 12/30/2006 11:24:51 PM

This machine was purchased by Benchmark Industries of El Dorado, Arkansas as surplus (date unknown). At some point about 15 years ago or so, it was taken out of service and basically just moved around. Eventually, it ended up in a mobile container in the yard behind the plant.

A cousin who works at the plant took me on a tour in August of 2006 to show me the old machinery they had in use. I asked what the plans were for this bandsaw and he indicated that it would probably eventually be scrapped. I offered to relieve them of this burden. After a few months of negotiation and discussion, the plant owner agreed to sell me the saw for $130. On 28 November 2006 it came to its new home in my shop.

Initial inspection revealed that it had been fairly well used, but overall seemed to be in very good condition. How deceptive appearances can be! Items that obviously needed replacing included: tires, guide bearings, blade guard, tensioning handwheel and a wheel brush. My cousin managed fo find (almost all) the extra parallelogram blade guides which was fortunate.

The things that were not so obvious were: underpowered motor (replaced with Baldor 2hp 3ph - thanks to Frans Groves), two new shafts (one broke in disassembly, the other was damaged), new bearings, new starter (recycled from another machine), new wiring (don't get me started) and lots of Silikroil to get things apart.

The machine returned to service on 29 December 2006 and is impressively powerful (the motor is obviously key) and everything works very nicely. I intend to keep a narrow blade on this machine to do small, tight cutting that I don't need the Oliver to handle. The Oliver will be the resawing machine with a narrow blade for those occasions when I need to cut out larger panels.

Couldn't be happier! Thanks to all who advised.

Photo 1:

Comments: In the mobile storage container in El Dorado waiting for a new home.
Source: GRHStudios
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Photo 2:

Comments: "Rockwell Blak"
Source: me
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Comments: The Badge.
Source: me again
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