Rockwell Delta 20" Bandsaw

From Pumping Station One

Rockwell Delta 20" Bandsaw Pumping Station:One Area: Wood Shop

Rockwell Delta 20" Bandsaw
Owner/Loaner Pumping Station:One
Serial Number 1457257
Make/Model 28-350
Arrival Date 8/26/15
Usability yes
Contact matt . triano @ gmail . com
Where Wood Shop
Authorization Needed yes
Hackable no
Estimated Value $1,000
Host Area Wood Shop


  • 3/6/2019. Andrew w replaced drive belt
  • 2/23/2019 drive belt broke, status will be updated once underway/fixed.
  • 10/18/2018 blade broke & Eric B. replaced it
  • 5/31/2019 someone broke off one of the guides while “brushing off” the table. it is usable but blade stability is poor. NEW guide made by helpful cold metals.
  • . 8/2019. Drive belt and pulley came off drive shaft. Eric and Gary replaced but drive belt does not run perfectly true. Brake does not seem to be optimally functional. Ralph will do a tune up soon.
  • Tires are out of lateral alignment as well. Ralph and helpers will do a total overhaul Saturday 9/7/2019
  • 9/8/2019. Ralph and Tim did total overhaul with new tires and belt. But later in day, blade was reportedly running off lower tire.
  • Ralph repaired lower tire. Discovered that we cannot run at fastest pulley setting.
  • 9/10 throat plate broken again
  • 9/16/19 joe made new throat plate
  • 10/13/19. Ralph discovered major bearing issues. Parts ordered.
  • 11/2/2019. Ralph put it back into service with the great assistance of Jim brink
  • 12/29/2019 thrust bearings and guides failure
  • 12/31/2019 Ralph replaced thrust bearings, guides and other pats top wheel bearing/shaft still needs work, but she's usable again
  • 1/8/2020 blade badly kinked. person was sawing fresh bark-on logs. i spoke with him AFTER. gn

switched to fine blade. new 1/2 inch blade on wall hanger

  • repaired.
  • 2-15-20. Loud squealing noise. Out of order FIXED

  • 7-1-2022. Ralph and Sam restored alignment of wheels. Can now use 1” blades again. Ralph flipped top tire. We have set of new tires on hand for next maintenance need.


manual: File:Rockwell-28-350.pdf related manual with more details: File:Rockwell20bandsaw.pdf

The best manual is at

Authorization; How to get Authorized

Authorization for this tool by authorized proctors only. Members not previously authorized must take the CANVAS course at

  • Authorizations for the 14" Rockwell do not carry over to this tool
  • This tool requires authorization for use.
  • To be authorized, please see an authorized proctor/trainer from the list, below.

Consumable Parts

  • This saw takes 141" blades.
  • Thrust bearings type 6203-2Z (17mm x 40mm x 12mm). Be sure to get 2Z or ZZ (steel shield) and not 2RS (rubber shield).
  • Throat plate. We still need this made frequently

Throat plate templates/model courtesy of Joe Dowling

zip of SKP, STL and f3D files : File:Bandsaw

image Media:picofbandsawplate.jpg and

Fusion 360 model at Joe's Adobe360

There is usually a spare plates in the locked cabinet

Tips on Use

This section is based on a discussion that took place on the mailing list.

Band-saws have two main uses in the wood shop:

  1. The primary use is to make curved cuts in a piece of flat wood. In this case the piece is held by hand and guided so the blade follows the curve. A fence is counterproductive for this use.
  2. The second is resawing lumber that is too thick for the table saw. This is typically, but not exclusively, done with valuable pieces of wood for the purpose of creating a veneer. A fence may be appropriate for this use.

With a bandsaw, you basically never want to have the fence locked parallel to the blade. Every blade will have some degree of drift, and it is necessary to accommodate this drift to achieve a straight cut. There are two common solutions: single-point fences, and adjustable angle fences. PS:1 has both a nice magnetic adjustable fence and a single-point fence that attaches to it.

With a single point fence, you adjust for the drift angle by eye as you cut. This quick and easy method is most appropriate for resawing of narrower boards with a width of 6" or less.

For wider boards, use the adjustable fence with a tall secondary fence attached, carefully adjusted to the drift angle of the blade. For really wide boards, you can also use a presser-board to ensure contact with the fence.

Some additional advice on resawing:

  • Buy a nice blade and learn how to install and adjust it. The PS:1 blades are often fairly dull and don't track well.
  • Make sure your stock is prepared well, with at least one flat face and one square and flat edge.
  • Try to keep only 3-10 teeth in the wood. A 1.5 tpi blade is appropriate for most resawing.
  • Use a skip-tooth blade, at least 1" wide (but see note below).

Authorized Proctors

This tool requires authorization for use by an authorized proctor. Please contact one of the following to arrange authorization.

Proctor Contact
Eric Beauchamp — area host eric @
Ralph Brendler
Paul VanLake
Michelle DeLeon

List of Currently Authorized Users

Authorization for this tool by authorized proctors only. Members not previously Authorized must take the CANVAS course at