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Forum topic by jody495 posted 05-14-2016 04:28 PM 907 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2016 04:28 PM

Hi,I’m new here and not computer savey. My question is, does anyone know of a good guide bearing upgrade for a 12”craftsman bandsaw? Got a great deal on saw,just not happy with guide blocks. Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 05-14-2016 06:57 PM

I am certain that Carter makes guides but are not cheap. With new guide blocks , it should cut well.

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#2 posted 05-14-2016 07:04 PM

What is on there now? If they are HSS blocks – keep ‘em as you won’t find anything better. You might find this article over at the Woodworkers Gazette interesting: Bandsaw Blade Guide Review by Jim Mattson

And if you haven’t already, watch the obligatory band saw tune up video before doing anything:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass


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#3 posted 05-15-2016 12:02 AM

Thanks everyone for the information. I think for now I’ll just leave everything alone till I get some more experience with this saw and see what it will do. Thanks again.jody495

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#4 posted 05-15-2016 12:44 AM

Band saws can be finicky. I have a Ridgid BS that is thought to be trash by many, but it’s amazing how good it works once I tuned it up.

I use cool blocks for guides and I’ve even used blocks I cut from maple and oak in a pinch.

Getting the thrust bearing set properly is also important.

Keep working on your saw, and watch the tune up videos, and you may be pleasantly surprised with your saw.

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#5 posted 05-15-2016 01:32 AM

Thanks ribbs I’ll try turning it up.

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#6 posted 05-15-2016 01:42 AM

The saw is basically a junk saw, thats why they sell for about $100 on CL, if the motor goes cant get a replacement, new guides are a wast of money other then cool blocks, save your $ and up grade to a used Delta or Delta clone.

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#7 posted 05-15-2016 02:51 AM

Thanks everyone for the information. It does a pretty good job right now. I thought I might just upgraded it a little. Thanks again

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#8 posted 05-15-2016 11:32 AM

I had the 12” craftsman saw for years, and did upgrade the blocks to the carter guides. I believe the upgrade was worth it. Since then I sold the saw on CL and added about 50% of the cost of the carter guides to the price I saw the saw going for. Sold in 3 days. I now have the Powermatic 14”

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