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#1 posted 09-21-2011 05:20 AM

I just put new Carter guides on an old (pre1993) Grizzly bandsaw I bought. The Carter installation guide said to let the guides just kiss the blade and then back them off the thickness of a piece of paper. I just pushed the guides in and then adjusted them until nothing moved when I pulled the paper out. A old time feeler gage would probably work even better. Put 2-3 thousandths next to the blade and push the guide in till it touches the feeler gage blade, tighten the guide and pull out the feeler gage. Also, the blade should not be riding on the thrust bearing but just in front of it. Same distance as the guides away.
There should be no flutter or walking of the blade. I agree, it looks like the blade is not tensioned enough.

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