I backed away from a 20" Rockwell today. The problem I had with it was
blade changes. It looks like it would take 15 minutes to change blades
and adjust the guides for a new width. First you have to completely
remove the telescoping blade guard, change blades, then do a fair bit of
work to adjust upper and lower blade guides.
How much would Carter guides improve the blade changing?
Any other suggestions for a fix?
My alternative is the 18" saw from Jet. Not a bad alternative, but not
hardly the same saw (except for way easier to change blades).
The Rockwell 20" band saw has 13 3/8" (12" on the metal
cutter) resaw capacity under the guide.
The Jet 18" bandsaw has 10 1/4" resaw capacity under the
Truthfully I'm not sure you'd need the additional 3 3/8"
every damn day of the damn week but it would be damn handy
those damn times when you damn well needed it. 'Sides, you
can plunk down damn near full bore discounted retail on a
damn Jet and it'll be devalued before your damn card clears
the damn bank. With the Rockwell, you pay for the damn
thing and you can get your damn investment back, in
full/some times more, any damn time between now and when
your damn well done with the damn thing.
I'd reconsider the damn Rockwell.
'Sides, the Rockwell (even the newer George Jetson space age
design) is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cooler than a Jet
knock off of a EuroBand. Maybe it's just me and my dislike
for a big old hunk of Cream-O-Wheat standing around in my
shop. Anyway, it's your money.
UA100, who isn't even going to mention the weight difference
(200-300 lbs) between the two...
I agree. The problem I'm having is if the Rockwell makes me hate blade
changing, I'm going to end up disliking the saw. I need a way to improve
this (Carter guides?), then the decision is obvious.
Unisaw A100 wrote:
I think after a few blade changes you would quit thinking about it as an
issue. You'd learn to do it quickly, or simply not care any longer. The
20" saws like the Rockwell (I have a 20" Powermatic #81) are true joys
to use and I think worth any hassle with the blade change issue.
If it was me I'd get the Rockwell. Like UA100 said, it'll hold it's
value much better than the Jet. If you hate blade changes so much you
might consider putting on a 1/4" blade for general work. It'll work
for most straight and curve cuts in 3/4" to 2" stock. When you need to
occasionally resaw just swap out for a 1/2" or 3/4" blade. I don't
know what kind of work you do, or how you work, but that should
minimize your blade changes.
Ah! So that's the color! Here I was searching Pantone books online for a
color match and all I had to do was head to the pantry, mix up a Bowl 'o
Mush and take it down to Home Despot's color matchin' mashine!
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