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MJCD

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621 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: hammer n4400 bandsaw blades bandsaw guides

First, an apology to the thousands of LJ member for whom this question seem an obscure request …

I’ll be the new owner of an N4400, this January. I’ve read conflicting (to put it mildly) reports on the following:

Blade Guides – Felder seems to have irritated many N4400 owners with their choice of guides; and I’m wondering if it is a foregone conclusion that I’ll need to upgrade to Carter guides?

Blade Width – simple question – can the N4400 properly tension a 1” Lenox/Starrett blade; or am I limited to 3/4”?

Blade Choice – this is like asking knowledgeable professions their favorite brew – from the ridiculous to the sublime. Let’s say that I’m narrowing my selection to Timberwolf, Lenox, and Starrett; knowing that I’m offending many faithful.

Most preferred add-on: my choice is extension tables for ripping; or perhaps an upgraded fence.

Again, LJ is a great Forum, and I welcome informed responses.

MJCD

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Surfside

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#1 posted 621 days ago

Blade choice , I have Haltbar 101 series blade. It’s working with me along nicely. Try searching sawblade.com .

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Jorge G.

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#2 posted 621 days ago

I have the same BS, yes you will need the Carter saw guides, the ones Felder uses suck big time. I have not upgraded mine, but I cuss them every time I use it.

The BS has a scale for up to 1 3/8” blade tension, I have used 1” blades on it with no trouble.

Blade choice is up to you, I can only get cheap blades here in Mexico.

The fence is pretty good, between the two I would go with the extension tables, but to be honest you can make them yourself, no need to pay Felder for a cheap piece of aluminum when you can make them from wood with an end support.

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MJCD

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#3 posted 621 days ago

Surfside & Jorge:

Thank you for the prompt response – I’ve been on-my-own it seems getting these questions answered – the Felder Owner’s Group has not been responsive.

Thanks for the recommendations, as well – they make a lot of sense. I had Carter Guides on my Delta 14”, and they transformed the saw into a respectable machine. I’ll order the upgrades now, and save myself the interim hassle.

Do Take Care.
MJCD

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Surfside

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#4 posted 620 days ago

You are welcome MJCD. Goodluck to you !:)

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John Ormsby

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#5 posted 620 days ago

Have you looked into ceramic guides? I installed them on my 24” bandsaw and they really made a difference. It runs quieter and the blades never heat up.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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