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where's my table saw?
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I had a 12" Craftsman with round guides

It's long gone, years ago, but I remember those guides. I think they were hardened steel, held in by socket head screws.

Some bandsaw theory here.... The guides should not rub on the blade, just barely touch. They should be just behind the gullets on your widest blade. The saw is not worth buying "improved" guides in my opinion. Save your $$$ and make do for now with those. You could replace them with round brass rods and let them touch ... heat is the enemy of metal blades, so no friction is best.

A new blade should be thin .025" for a 12" wheel. A thicker blade will not flex well and the weld may fail. A 1/2" 3 TPI is what I use for resawing on a 14" Craftsman. I use a 3/8" 6 TPI for general cutting.
 
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