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Forum topic by recycle1943 posted 04-29-2015 11:33 AM 853 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2015 11:33 AM

Curious about whether the blade guides ( rub blocks) on the Jet will be as reliable as the roller bearings on my Grizzly. Only asking because I may be able to get one fairly cheap and use for a secondary saw.

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 11:53 AM

I’m not expert for sure, but I say if you can obtain this saw without breaking the bank, and you need a second saw, then go for it.
I have a very inexpensive Hitachi 12” band saw that has quarter inch pins as guides, really cheap, but I can make it work just fine. I think high tension is the key here, it keeps the blade true. But, that’s just my opinion.

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 12:26 AM

My 14” bandsaw has the rub blocks and my 17” has the double roller guides. Honestly, I see no difference in performance. And the blocks are quicker/easier to adjust.

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 05:25 AM

Blocks work fine and for scrollwork they work great. You can even run a thin blade inside the soft blocks for scrolling.

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 10:56 AM

My Porter Cable came with blocks all around, and I changed out the top to bearings. Leaving the blade so that the teeth just stick out in front of the bearings made a fairly big difference in performance, and true cuts for me.

Just another opinion to muddy the waters…

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