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Wise Buys: Bandsaw Blade Guides

Why buy? For the best results on your bandsaw, the blade must cut perpendicular to the table; but blades can twist or wander from the mark. Worn or ineffective blade guides and thrust bearings take the blame here, especially in older saws. These replacement guides, deliver increased accuracy. Better still, they fit any 14" bandsaw, as well as many other models.

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Spaceage Ceramic Guideblocks:

Spaceage Ceramic Guideblocks:

Editor test-drive:
Because the Spaceage Ceramic Guideblocks (SCG) and thrust bearings matched my 14" Delta's original steel blocks and bearings in size and use the same mounting hardware, I didn't need to replace a bunch of parts to swap them out. I installed the top bearing and guides in 5 minutes, but replacing the lower thrust bearing took 45 minutes because I had to first remove the lower guide assembly. In doing so, I discovered the original bearing had seized; not a problem with the SCG bearing because it does not turn.

The manufacturer recommends .005" clearance between the blade and guides; I used the thickness of a piece of paper. I cut turning blanks from a variety of woods up to 6" thick and radii from 2" to 10" using 1/4" and 3/4" blades, and the slippery-smooth SCGs held the blade true without any sign of wear. Their low cost and durability make them an inexpensive but significant upgrade.
-- Tested by Jan Svec, Projects Editor

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Comments (5)
chuckdecker wrote:

I bought an entire set of guides from Carter for my old 14" Delta. The bearings were not set perpendicular to the bar that holds them. Be sure to examine the set you have to make sure that they are properly aligned. My complaints are that they are awkward to set up and expensive. It took me more than 15 minutes to install. But I still consider them to be the best option I have seen.

1/30/2016 07:12:06 PM Report Abuse
jondcenturylin wrote:

i have scg guides in my 14"ridgid them

1/10/2016 08:57:00 PM Report Abuse
parfitt0708 wrote:

All of these blade guides are great IF you can get them to fit your saw, if you have a newer saw OK but an older model and is almost impossible to get them.

4/9/2015 06:04:28 PM Report Abuse
bmitc2 wrote:

I am looking for band saw guides for a Hitachi CB13F 12" saw Can you send me in the right direction

1/8/2015 11:01:26 AM Report Abuse
waynerafferty wrote:

SGC brand alumina oxide guide blocks don't fit all 14" saws. My vintage Sprunger has 1/2" dia rod guides. You can buy Alumina Oxide rods from another seller. Just have a diamond cutter and file on hand.

10/3/2014 03:44:03 PM Report Abuse

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