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Posted on Need help pulling the trigger! $5k for Bandsaw, Drum Sander, and Dust Collection

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Kelly

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 05:57 PM

As to fence upgrades on bandsaws, I think it’s a personal preference in many cases.

I’m running the cheesy, stock fence of my PM. After looking into fancier fences and getting significant use out of mine, I think it would have been easy to buy the wrong one and joint the other forum topic about wasted money spent.

Having to have a magnetic fence to adjust for drift suggests it’s time to go back to set up school. The blade drifts because it’s set up wrong or the nails took out teeth on one side causing the blade to wander.

Too, I like the idea of the blade being locked at the front and the back when I’m pushing forty or so pounds of wood past the blade.

In the end, my stock fence does fine, it just doesn’t do it as pretty.

As to guides, you can expect a lot of different opinions on whether all bearings or cool blocks are the cat’s meow. What I will say is, for 1/4” and under, go with the Carter Stabilizer. It is the lion’s meow.

Meanwhile, I buy my bearings, ten at a time, for about $6.00 and shipping from bearing suppliers, rather than from the PM manufacturer at about $200.00 for a set.


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