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Forum topic by woodhunter posted 01-21-2015 08:50 PM 709 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodhunter

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01-21-2015 08:50 PM

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Hello friends!
Want to start make bandsaw puzzle boxes. It means using a 1/8” blade and it’s awkwardly to make on my 17”
Grizzly band saw (G0513X2F). So Carter stabilizer is only solution but not for this saw and anyway this is just unreasonably expensive.
So why don’t make the shopmade version of stabilizer? The question only what is width and depth of groove on the bearing?
I think this can be critical for proper operation.
Please can anybody who have this stabilizer to make the measurement of this groove?
Thank you very much!
And sorry for my horrible English…

-- Ragim, scroller from Israel.


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#1 posted 01-21-2015 08:57 PM

You can buy a grooved bearing, such as this one from VBX. I doubt the depth matters much.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 09:17 PM

Brad, thanks for link but I think this is too small for trust bearing.
The original is 1” OD. I mean to mill an ordinary bearing but want to achieve exact groove like Carter’s one have.

-- Ragim, scroller from Israel.

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#3 posted 01-21-2015 09:23 PM

Brad, thanks for link but I think this is too small for trust bearing.

LOL.. that was just the first one that popped up.. they make them in all different sizes/widths, and I’ve seen them with various groove types (V-groove, U-groove, etc..). but if you want to go to the trouble of milling your own, have at it and remember.. without pictures, it never happened :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#4 posted 01-21-2015 10:05 PM

I love my Carter stabilizer – you should buy one! It’s worth every penny.

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

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#5 posted 01-21-2015 10:18 PM

Sam, there is not the suitable version for my saw…
I heard they offer some adaptation for about $150 (before shipping to Israel). Is not this crazy?

-- Ragim, scroller from Israel.

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#6 posted 01-21-2015 11:47 PM

Ragim, i agree Carter price for Grizzly is too much. I’m going to try to make one from the bearing Brad suggested above. I really don’t think that the exact dimensions of the Carter groove are all that important. Centering the blade on the groove seems to be Tue important thing and then slightly pushing the grooved bearing into the blade to pre load it before the cut? I’m still thinking how to make one so I want you to get busy and make one so I can just copy it. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#7 posted 01-22-2015 01:18 AM

I bought the Stabilizer ($80) and the adapter ($60) for my 17” Grizzly like yours. I love it but agree that it is overpriced. You should be able to buy a grooved 1” bearing and make your own.

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

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#8 posted 01-22-2015 01:56 AM

I bought the Carter stabilizer for my 14” w/riser. It was to much trouble to change blades and guides from 1/8th to 1/2 ”. Was lucky and found a old 12” Craftsman BS. Ground the mounting shaft on the Carter to fit the old saw. I think if you give it a little thought you can adapt one of the different Carters to whatever BS you would like. My old saw is a dream to use and no changing blades.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#9 posted 01-22-2015 07:59 PM

Guys, thanks for your advices!
But nevertheless can I ask please to measure the groove?
Earlextech? gfadvm? poospleasures?
If it’s not difficult… Thank you!

-- Ragim, scroller from Israel.

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