|Forum topic by Ripthorn||posted 02-26-2012 10:51 PM||1935 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
02-26-2012 10:51 PM
My wife surprised me by giving me permission to spend a little bit of tax return money on getting my bandsaw in proper shape. It really needs it: the thing is about 30 years old, most of which it was not cared for as well as possibly needed. The tension spring is toast, I think (original spring, kept with tension on it a lot of the time) and there are a few other things it needs. The only one I’m not fully decided on is the guide situation.
The problem with the guides is this: right now I just have plastic guide blocks, but they get constantly shredded even though I put the thrust bearing barely back from the blade and keep the guide blacks just behind the tooth set and almost touching side to side. Whenever I make a curved cut, the teeth end up tearing into the guide blocks, which in turn makes them much less effective. I attribute some of this to the old spring, as I don’t feel I get the necessary tension on the blade (is this a correct assumption?).
Now for the real question. I am contemplating cool blocks to replace the plastic guide blocks, but I am also heavily contemplating the Carter stabilizer. I mainly build guitars, so lots of curved cutting. I typically use a 1/4” blade (max size for the Carter). I would keep my thrust bearings and guide block setups on hand in case I needed them, but I am not sure which would work better. I have heard nothing but good things to say about both guide setups, but I am nervous about getting the cool blocks and shredding them to pieces. Alternatively, if I can save $50, I would obviously like to do that. So what are your opinions? Anyone use both of them and have any feedback? Thanks.
-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science