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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: Keith O'Boyle
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 20" Band Saw, 28-351
Date of Manufacturer: 1946 or 1947
Serial Number: 579 A
Last Updated 11/28/2009 8:53:24 AM

Comments:
This is a very early version of the Crescent/Delta/Rockwell 20" band saw. Its a model 28-351 and not the more common 28-350. What makes this a model 28-351 is that its a direct drive saw and has a 1 HP, 850 RPM, 3 phase motor. There was also a single phase direct drive model available, 28-352. This saw also has cast iron wheels which are fitted with regular rubber tires and not the aluminum wheels that were used in later production which require the special tires. The saw is in good complete condition with the only problem known at this time to be bad bearings on the upper wheel spindle. I bought this saw for $100 at a poorly attended auction of a going out of business woodworker/cabinetmaker. I plan to power this saw with a VFD, replace the upper wheel bearings and use it as is for the present time. I believe this saw dates from no later than 1947 because is uses the early style serial number tag which was last used in 1947. This is also the earliest example of this saw that I've been able to find in looking at the photo index entries under Crescent, Delta and Rockwell.

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Comments: note Crescent badge
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Comments: cast iron wheels repainted black at some time
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Comments: notched sheetmetal is to reach grease zerk on motor
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Comments: view of rear of direct drive motor
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Comments: motor label
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Comments: early style serial number plate on trunnion support casting
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