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Question craftsman 14 inch bandsaw question

Just bought my first band saw. have used many in the pas but never owned one. My question is manual said it uses a 1/4 to 3/4 inch blade with why cant it use a 1/8 blade? just curios.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-10-2017, 02:10 AM
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it's the guides

I've never used a 1/8" blade, only 1/4" wide, but the side guides can't touch the teeth or they will dull them. There's not much for them to run on with only 1/8" wide blades. Depending on the saw's guide system, you may be able to back them far enough away ... I donno? Roller bearings may not work in this case, you'll need cool blocks or oiled wood blocks.

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Seconded on the blade guides not being able to properly support thinner blades. For what its worth though, i can attest from experience that a 1/8 blade will run just fine without guides, so long as you dont intentionally force the blade sideways

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Thanks guys just curious saw that some other brands would run a 1/8 blade may have to get a scroll saw for some finer detail.
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