Has anyone tried these graphite band saw guides ?

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02-24-2011 11:18 PM

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I was wondering how they performed compaired to Cool Blocks. Do they wear faster? Would the graphite cause some loss of traction on the bandsaw wheels? Any help apprecrated.

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 11:25 PM

These are called cool blocks beware although advertised as guides your only buying the blocks if you don’t have the guides there useless.I like them ok but you can make these from a certain type of nylon which is self lubricating to a point.Have fun I prefer the wheeled support /Guides.Alistair

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 02:50 AM

I tried a set of these at one time, with a previous bandsaw, and was quite disappointed.

I have now switched to a bandsaw with roller bearings.

If you are using blocks, try making your own from Lignum Vitae. This is a VERY hard wood that is also a little oily and, therefore, it is self lubricating.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 05:02 AM

Made a pair out of Hard Maple a couple of years ago and they are still working fine. I cut the blocks to size, soaked them in mineral oil for three days, then put them in a Microwave on high for a few minutes, they run very cool and show practically no wear what so ever.

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 02:46 AM

Well I put a reply in several days ago, but now I don’t see it. I want to thank both of you for the great ideas on a way to save $15. If anyone knows where to get a small amount of Lignum Vitae please let me know. Lacking that I have some Hard Maple so into the minerial oil the home made blocks will go.

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 06:40 AM

Cool ideas on the homemade blocks. Gonna give these a try.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 09:35 AM

The plastic I use is acetal which has self lubricating properties.



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#7 posted 03-01-2011 04:33 PM

chickenskin….. why the microwave?

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