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Wise Buys: Bandsaw Blade Guides

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Carter Conversion Kit

Carter Conversion Kit

Editor test-drive:
I spent a mere 15 minutes installing the Carter Conversion Kit on my 14" Jet bandsaw. It replaced not only the guides, but also my saw's entire upper and lower blade-guide assembly. I was surprised, however, to find that the two Allen wrenches needed to install and make adjustments to the bearings were not included in the kit.

I immediately noticed improved performance from my bandsaw as the bearing guides gave it a huge boost in accuracy. When cutting arcs and circular shapes -- and especially in resawing -- the bearings proved much better than my old graphite guides at holding the blade perpendicular to the workpiece with no twisting or deflection. Aside from the price tag, the only drawback I found was the increased noise as compared with my previous guides. But I'm willing to trade a little noise for the greatly superior cutting results.
-- Tested by Kevin Boyle, Senior Design 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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