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#1 posted 12-23-2016 09:51 PM

“The guides, regardless of what they are made of, should be adjusted so the blade teeth are in front of them, not digging into them. If they are digging into them, then the saw is not adjusted properly.”

This is the general idea and definitely applies to larger blades, but I would not advise this with a 1/8” blade using metal or ceramic guides as it is nearly impossible in practice to ensure that teeth on a 1/8” blade will not come in contact with the guides (using traditional side guides). Even if you are able to establish perfect vertical alignment with the guides, and you have captured only the 3/32” (or so) blade below the gullet, once you start cutting wood there will be flex in the blade (particularly with a 1/8” blade on a 10” Craftsman bandsaw) and the margin of error is so slim (even without the inevitable flex) that you should plan on using a guide that will not cause problems if (really it is ‘when’ with a 1/8” blade) contact is made.

Here is a product that I have which is sold by Laguna because they do not recommend using smaller than 1/4” blades with their ceramic guides.

The video that you have referenced is great, and also demonstrates product that is designed to avoid the use of side guides altogether with smaller blades:

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