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Iturra Band Rollers

Iturra Band Rollers

Editor test-drive:
Iturra's newest Band Rollers (model #10001) feature ceramic bearings in steel housings. I installed them in my 14" Delta saw in about 15 minutes, as they slid into the existing guide holders and adjusted with the same setscrews. There are no replacement thrust bearings.

Using a feeler gauge, I positioned the bearings .003" from the blade, according to Iturra's instructions. Although Iturra does not recommend using its Band Rollers with blades less than 1/8", I tested mine with 1/8", 1/4", and 1/2" blades, cutting thick stock and making tight-radius cuts to force the blade against the bearings. I found no problems in performance. By reducing the amount of blade twisting, the Band Rollers resulted in more accurate scrollcutting and resawing. These bearing guides showed no signs of wear, a big upgrade from my square-block graphite guides.
-- Tested by Owen Duvall, Projects Editor

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Comments (2)
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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