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I just seen advertised an used RBI Hawk 220 VS scroll saw, 20" variable speed. I am new to scroll sawing and don't know anything about this brand. Any advice? Looks good in the photo but I can't see it until Monday. Asking price is $250.00.
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Jim I'm sure someone will be able to help with your inquiry.

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I have a three speed, older RBI, that I got used. If you check the web you will see that the one your are referencing is in the $1000 to $1500 price range if I remember right. It is a solid machine and when I called them with questions they were prompt and helpful They are located in the mid-west and build machines like tanks. Mine is heavy and solid with the stand. I don't use it much but when I do, it has performed well. In good shape, I would guess the $250 is very reasonable.

They went out of business a few years ago but then was bought and started business up again. I haven't talked to them in a couple of years so I don't know the status other than I just googled them and found them on line still. The company that bought them is Bushton Industries.

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Ask them for the serial number. For the 20" that you are looking at if it before 26358 it is not an Ultra and if it is 26358 or higher it is an Ultra model. You really don't want anything that isn't at least an Ultra they had a lot of problems with them. If it is a 26" then after 3017 would make it an Ultra. The company has a good video on Youtube showing the strengths of it's new model the BM series compared with the older series. Of course if the one you are looking at has very little usage then $250 would be a very good price. You can get a Dewalt 788 for about $440 at CPO. But that saw is made in China and although it may look nice it isn't a Hawk by any means.
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The RBI hawks are just a good saw, period. As mentioned earlier there are different levels of each size, but I don't think you'll go wrong with any of them. And $250 is a pretty good price, so don't back away if you're interested in a scroll saw. (plus, that's the asking price, you may get it for less. I bought a 26" model, they were asking $500, I got it for $350)

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I have an RBI Hawk 22" I bought new about 25 years ago when RBI was in Harrisonville, Mo. I still have it and it works great.
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