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Forum topic by jimig11 posted 10-22-2013 03:30 PM 608 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2013 03:30 PM

Hi all, I picked up a used band saw (thanks to every one on here that helped me figure out how to set it up!) however it has 3/8” steel pins (round) for the guides, Olson make 3/16” and 1/2” round cool blocks, what would be my best course of action to replace the steel pins?

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 03:59 PM

Hardwood dowels would probably work.
Is there something wrong with the current guide pins?

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 04:19 PM

Apart from being steel no, I am just worried about burning through blades, hardwood dowels sounds good, any experience with that? Squeely sounds?

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 06:34 PM

See if Carter makes a conversion kit for your saw. I use their guides on my Jet and am very happy with them. I have bought several bandsaw accessories from Carter and haven’t found one yet I didn’t care for.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 07:33 PM

Jimig11,if there’s nothing wrong with the steel guide pins you already have,why not used them? if they are properly set up they won’t burn through your blades or damage the teeth in any possible way.
Dowels soaked in mineral oil is an inexpensive alternative.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 08:03 PM

Here’s what I’d recommend. Buy some 12mm cool blocks or 1/2” ones. Chuck em into your drill press and use sand paper to “Mill” them down to the correct diameter to fit into your Bandsaw. :-)

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#6 posted 10-22-2013 08:09 PM

I have cool blocks and I am very happy with them

-- Bert

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#7 posted 10-22-2013 08:21 PM

I’ve used steel before with great success, the main difference is slightly great blade positioning precision and not as forgiving if setup incorrectly.

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#8 posted 10-22-2013 10:13 PM

Cool blocks can be shaped, as mentioned above.


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