Reviewing: Rockwell RK7453 Shop Series 9-Inch Band Saw

Rockwell RK7453 Shop Series 9-Inch Band Saw

Rockwell RK7453 Shop Series 9-Inch Band Saw
Aluminum working table with blade guide adjustment, work light and blade quick tension adjustment. Max cutting depth=3-1/8″; Throat depth=9″; Table Size=11-13/16″ x 11-13/16″; Table Bevel=0-45 degree. Accessories include: Parallel Guide; Miter Gauge; Hexkey.

  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Table bevels 0 to 45 degrees
  • Reinforced cast aluminum table top
  • Blade quick tension adjustment
  • Flex-adjust work light

List Price: $ 222.48

Price: $ 159.99

Question by K.J.: Woodworking teacher asks: What age are kids ready to learn woodturning on the lathe?
I teach kids between the ages of 9 and 14. Our shop received a donation of a small lathe and some pen kits. The older kids have a few years of experience in my shop, building small furniture out of 1x pine, and using machines such as the drill press, band saw, chop saw and disc sander. Once they master those skills, do you think 12-14 year old kids can safely use the lathe under supervision?

Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by f100_supersabre
Yes.
I have seen kids as young as 8 SAFELY use a wood lathe, having watched their parent(s) use one for “home” projects.
They learn by WATCHING.

I knew one who made some beautiful wood bowls that he sold at local craft fairs.
(His father was a professional woodworker.)

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  1. R. L. Pellington "Woodworker"
    40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Rockwell RK7453 9″ Band Saw, December 12, 2009
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    R. L. Pellington “Woodworker” (Hollywood, MD USA) –
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    I’m quite pleased with this bench top band saw. However, the thickest wood it’s able to cut is 3 1/4″. The owners manual has much to be desired, as there is no procedure for adjusting the upper and lower blade bearings. It simply says factory adjusted. Unfortunately, the bearings on the one I received were completely out of adjustment and I had to call for a repair tech to instruct me.

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  2. Edward C. Sinkovitz
    50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t buy it!!!, April 23, 2010
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    Item came in about the normal shipping. Open box and parts came dropping out. Read the instructions thoroughly and tried to set the blade up. Forget it. I have been using saws for 50+ years. I could not get the blade to stay on. Would not track!!! The upper wheel is made very poorly. Would not recommend this piece of junk to anybody!!! Pay a little more and get a “real” tool and not his poor excuse for a tool!!!

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  3. Shawn Vincent
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    You get what you pay for here., November 6, 2010
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    This review is from: Rockwell RK7453 Shop Series 9-Inch Band Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I am quite pleased with this bandsaw. I did not personally have the blade-coming-off problem described by other reviewers, and it’s true that you have to do a fair bit of adjustment to blade guides, etc to get the saw to work well. The adjustment is straightforward: watch the Wood Whisperer’s guide to setting up a bandsaw, and you’ll easily figure this one out. It even comes with the tools to do the adjustment!

    However, I’ve now logged probably 10-20 hours of continuous sawing on the saw, and other than breaking a blade yesterday (my own fault), I have no complaints.

    The work light is very nice. I put the bandsaw near my (also cheap) drill press and use the work light interchangeably.

    I plan on replacing the table with a larger one at some point — the existing table is just bolted on, so it looks like an easy replacement.

    The miter gauge is worthless: throw it out. But that’s always true at this level of tool.

    In summary: if you want to spend very little on a small bandsaw, and you’re willing to do some patient fiddling to get it to go, you might have luck with this saw. OTOH, maybe I just got lucky. ?

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  4. aries sweet23

    well kids of age period between 9 – 14 are good to use it, as long as safe working environment is provided and kids are trained properly. I have a friend of mine, who and his younger brother (which is 8 years old) are used to help their dad in the wood work shop in cutting and polishing the furniture. So, I don’t think age matters as long as kids are properly trained.

    Hope this helps … ?

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