Guide Bearings on Grizzly GO555

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Forum topic by rlrjr posted 07-16-2011 09:51 PM 1111 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2011 09:51 PM

Hello to all…

From the title of this post you can see what I have for a band saw. It comes with bearing-style guides on both sides of the blade and also one at the back. Almost everything that I’ve read on the web says to keep these bearing guides AWAY from the blade. Some even tell you to use a business card or a dollar bill to gauge the distance the bearing needs to be from the blade. I just read an article on American Woodworker that said that these bearing-style guides are designed to REST AGAINST THE BLADE because it keeps the blade from wandering under pressure. Which is the proper way of positioning these bearing guides?


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#1 posted 07-16-2011 10:58 PM

Dollar bill/business card distance, is what I’VE always heard.

Worked fine, on my G0555X, until I switched to different guide blocks—ones that allowed me to use Cool Blocks, which ARE meant to TOUCH the blade.

Keep the side bearings just behind the blade’s gullet, too, incidentally.

I’d also recommend a copy of Mark Duginske’s “The Band Saw Book.” I got mine, used, for a couple bucks. It’s an invaluable reference !

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 12:56 AM

I’ve heard it both ways. I use the cool blocks method – works ok so far.

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#3 posted 07-17-2011 04:53 AM

Neil is right on with the book recommendation. I paid full price for mine and it has been worth every penny. He has very detailed instructions on how to set up your guides, tension the blade, etc.

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