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Forum topic by Steven H posted 06-01-2011 06:49 AM 4394 views 2 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steven H

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06-01-2011 06:49 AM

Im still figuring out if I should spend it on Carter Stabilizer for my Grizzly 14” bandsaw. I still cant justify the $80 for it. I would like to cut bandaw boxes. OR should i get better bandsaw blades?


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Ken90712

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 11:42 AM

I have looked at these as well and wonder if its worth the money or not. It will be interesting to hear what people say on this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 02:51 PM

I have one. Got it at a show for less than $80. It is ingenious and works well with small blades – I use 1/8 to 1/4” with it. I use it on my Grizzly. If you have ever seen the Carter guy cut reindeers, it it impressive. I’m not cutting reindeers, but you get a smooth motion cut. You can get nice tight curves with little drift. You do need a good blade, however.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Pathpounder

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 02:55 PM

I dedicated my smaller bandsaw to one for bandsaw boxes. Pretty happy with it. Like Ellen said, you need a good blade on it. i use a 1/8 Olson with good results.

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 02:59 PM

I’m probably going to spring for the whole Carter converter from Iturra Design. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 03:03 PM

I use both types of carter guides on my bandsaw. The Stabilizer and the one for larger blades. I have done a lot of upgrades to my Bandsaw and would have to say that those two guides are the best ones I made. With no side forces binding on the blade you can make insanely tight turns, like directly 90 degrees. I have never regretted a single penny of their price.

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 05:19 AM

I have the Stabilizer on my 17” Grizzly and had to spend an extra $60 for the adapter as they dont have one that fits the 17” Grizz. I have been very pleased with the things I can do with the stabilizer. Another bonus that no one mentioned is that blade changes are MUCH quicker without having to readjust upper and lower guides every time you change blades.Having said all that,if I had seen one before I ordered mine,I would have bought a grooved bearing from Allied bearing for $4 and made my own! This is a really simple design with the bearing being the only moving part.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 06-02-2011 05:46 AM

Hey Guy check ebay from time to time , I payed full tilt at the show and then bought one one ebay for 20 buck new in the package. Also the Stabilizer add so much more versatility to the band saw , I for one would highly recommend buying one.

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 06:29 AM

gfadvm, You mentioned that Allied bearing sells the grooved bearings. Could you please give me their contact number or website? I would like to buy a few of them. There are a number of Allied bearing companies listed on the Net.

Thanks, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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spaids

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#9 posted 06-25-2011 07:51 PM

Are you sure they make a stabilizer for your grizzly 14”? I want one for my G0555 but it appears that you have to first buy a carter guide conversion kit at $170 before you can get a stabilizer for that saw. I’m pretty bummed out about it.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#10 posted 06-25-2011 08:25 PM

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-26-2011 02:43 AM

You dont have to buy the conversion kit but you do need to buy [or make] the adapter as the stabilizer isnt made to fit Grizzly saws[or they just want to sell you the $60 adapter]. I bought the adapter for my 17” grizz but could have made one for less than $1. That said I do love my stabilizer and use it for all my cuts except resawing. The stabilizer and adapter for my saw cost me $140.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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spaids

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#12 posted 06-27-2011 02:48 PM

Steve,

Unfortunately the first line of the product description states “CTR1 – For use on saws equipped with Carter guide kits. Fits in 7/16” mounts”. Like I said before the conversion kit for the Grizzly 14” is $170.

http://www.carterproducts.com/product.asp?productid=130&catid=13

What am I missing here?

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Steven H

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#13 posted 06-27-2011 05:09 PM

I have emailed the company twice and still didn’t get a response.

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spaids

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#14 posted 06-27-2011 05:17 PM

If I truly have do have to spend $170 just so I can then spend another $70 for the stabilizer then, no I wouldn’t get it. The guides that come with the G0555 aren’t bad and I wouldn’t spend $170 to replace something that works pretty good already. For me this is a deal breaker. I would like to have the narrow blade stabilizer and I would pay the $70, no problem, but $240… not me. After watching the Carter demo at the woodshow this last time through I was impressed with Carter. I’m a fan of what they have to offer but I can’t go that high.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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