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OldWrangler

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10-03-2014 10:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw accessory

Does anyone have any experience or comments about a product called a Carter Band Saw Stabilizer? It is supposed to make cutting on a band saw easier and better with 1/4” blades and smaller. I bought one and have now cut out a few band saw boxes and some scroll work and I can’t see $80 worth of improvement. The radius’s are not any smaller, control is not improved but maybe I am not doing something right. It doesn’t come with any helpful instructions…...but it has warnings about the use in about 6-7 different languages, press one for English!

So what do you think? I’d especially like to have comments from other woodworker who have one of these.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!


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grizzman

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 12:52 PM

WELL I DON’T HAVE ONE YET, BUT AFTER YOUR DESCRIPTION IM PRETTY EXCITED TO NOT GET ONE….LOL..I IMAGINE IF YOU STAND ON A BODY LIFT THAT IS 36 INCHES HIGH AND WEAR A LARGE BRIM TEXAN HAT AND SAY YIPPEE YEA WHO 5 TIMES THEN THIS NEW TOOL WILL BE EXACTLY AS IT WAS BEFORE ANY OF THIS HOOPLA….lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-03-2014 01:31 PM

I have a friend who makes band saw boxes and he bought a Carter Stabiizer and he loves it. He says it is unbelievable how well a 1/4” or smaller blade tracks in it. I saw it in action and it is slick. It has one piece behind the blade on the top and bottom. My other friend Tim is buying a used Steel City band saw and I think he is going to buy the stabilizer for it.

Give me a call and maybe I can put you in touch with Dick who showed it to me.
616 698 68642

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 10-03-2014 06:14 PM


Does anyone have any experience or comments about a product called a Carter Band Saw Stabilizer?

If you do a search for “Carter Stabilizer” (in the little search box up in the top right of this page), you will find several reviews and lots of discussion about them.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 10-03-2014 06:27 PM

I’ve only heard good reviews about it,not sure if you have seen this or not ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7gmzra_5_c

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Earlextech

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#5 posted 10-03-2014 07:51 PM

Call my friend Alex Snodgrass at 616-647-3380 or Snodgrass@carterproducts.com. He’s the Carter Bandsaw Guru.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-04-2014 01:00 AM

I have had on for years and really like it. I can get tighter radii, back out of cuts without pulling the blade off the wheels, and it tracks 1/8” blades that were a problem with my bearing guides.

It also makes switching between different width (1/8-1/4”) blades much quicker as you don’t have to adjust all those guides every time you change blade width.

I agree it is WAY overpriced! Had I been able to see one up close, I would have made mine.

Look at the Snodgrass video demonstration. This guy is scary good with it!

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

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OldWrangler

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#7 posted 10-04-2014 05:43 AM

One of my problems with this purchase is it goes on a Rockwell 14 that is over 20 years old. It is almost like making a cutting board out of Balsa.

Not a wonderful upgrade but it may help some if I get it dialed in. When I go back to using 1/2” blades, this has to come off and the old roller bearings put back on.

$80 bucks, guess I’ll have to sell 2 more cutting boards.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 10-04-2014 02:34 PM

You may have to buy the $60 adapter to make it fit your saw and that will really chap you! I bought the adapter for my big Grizzly before I knew better, then made one for my 14” Ridgid in 10 minutes.

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

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 10:23 AM

When I bought my new Grizzly 14” I also bought the Carter adapter. I took it out of the box and looked at it, that’s as far as I’ve gone.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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AnonymousRequest

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#10 posted 10-06-2014 12:42 PM

I have one for my ‘77 Rockwell 14”. It works fine.

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