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post #1 of 8 Old 12-16-2018, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Bandsaw Blade Guides

Im wondering what yall like for bandsaw blade guides. Ive been using cool blocks, but I find they wear too quickly.

Also the original setup on my saw has always seemed a little sloppy; the entire guide assembly for the upper guides shifts a bit when you tighten the thumbscrew for the upper guide assembly.

Im considering Carter bearing guides since they replace the entire guide assembly.
I also hear good things about ceramic guides. What are everyones favorites?
My saw is a Delta 14 if that matters.

Thanks for any guidance.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-16-2018, 11:45 AM
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I needed a guide for a blandsaw and in a brief search could only find cool blocks. I knew I wouldn't like them so I fabricated a guide out of a piece of steel.
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About 35 years ago I retrofitted my 1950 King-Seeley 12" bandsaw with roller bearings. They've been in place ever since and work great. The Laguna 14SUV we bought about 3 years ago came with ceramic guides and I really like them. They are supposed to last a long, long time.

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Lot's of ways to skin this cat

The best blade guide is the one that will fit your saw the best. Some "universal" types come close but don'y work exactly as advertised. DAMHIKT.

My 14" Craftsman saws use ball bearings and they work fine. I do have European ceramic guides on my Min Max 18" saw for resawing, great guides. My metal cutting saws use roller bearings.

On a woodcutting saw the blade speeds are so fast it will spin ball bearings at max RPM making a lot of noise. The trick is to let the saw blade itself do the cutting by slowing the feed rate so you aren't always twisting the blade in the guides causing contact. If you are constantly "into the guides" the curve is too tight for the blade width and you need a more narrow blade.

Here's a nice array of the different types of blades:
https://woodgears.ca/bandsaw/guides.html

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My saw uses 1/4" square guide blocks. I made a dozen or so replacements from some white oak. I soaked them for a few weeks in Watco Danish Oil and then cured them slowly in a warming box for a few weeks. They have lasted for years and I still have some left. The saw uses socket head allen screws to hold the guides.
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we use the carter bearing type set at work and at home on my 14" delta. hard to beat.
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I have a 1953 Delta 890 bandsaw. The previous owner, who was an experienced woodworker, installed Cool Blocks, which I still use.

Have you looked at Iturra Designs? They specialize in bandsaw accessories, and have a wonderful printed catalog full of nice things for your bandsaw, plus articles with bandsaw wisdom. There is a large selection of different guides and bearings in all price ranges, including the Carter products, but also Cool Blocks, ceramic guides that don't move, and even ceramic bearings that rotate the same as other bearings. I think about replacing my bearings or guides with better ones, but the Cool Blocks work well for me and have not shown much wear, so why change? Most likely, I don't use my bandsaw nearly as much as @Quickstep.

The only issue with Iturra Designs is that they are very old school. They work by phone and mail order, not the internet. Not everyone likes them, but I do. I keep mentioning it here on WoodworkingTalk because I am a satisfied customer who appreciates their selection, prices, and the printed catalog. I have bought ordinary bearings and other accessories from them. If/when I decide to upgrade or replace my guides or bearings, I will get 'em from Iturra Designs:

Iturra Design
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I have a 1953 Delta 890 bandsaw. The previous owner, who was an experienced woodworker, installed Cool Blocks, which I still use.

Have you looked at Iturra Designs? They specialize in bandsaw accessories, and have a wonderful printed catalog full of nice things for your bandsaw, plus articles with bandsaw wisdom. There is a large selection of different guides and bearings in all price ranges, including the Carter products, but also Cool Blocks, ceramic guides that don't move, and even ceramic bearings that rotate the same as other bearings. I think about replacing my bearings or guides with better ones, but the Cool Blocks work well for me and have not shown much wear, so why change? Most likely, I don't use my bandsaw nearly as much as @Quickstep.

The only issue with Iturra Designs is that they are very old school. They work by phone and mail order, not the internet. Not everyone likes them, but I do. I keep mentioning it here on WoodworkingTalk because I am a satisfied customer who appreciates their selection, prices, and the printed catalog. I have bought ordinary bearings and other accessories from them. If/when I decide to upgrade or replace my guides or bearings, I will get 'em from Iturra Designs:

Iturra Design
1-904-642-2802
4636 Fulton Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32225-1332
I love Iturra Design; I need to get my hands on a fresh catalog.

I don't use my bandsaw all that much, but when I do and I need to change blades, I'd like to keep the setup time short and sweet.
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