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I am writing this question for my dad....he has a 10" Rikon bandsaw and is wondering if anyone has converted the blade guides to use fiber guides...if so, how did they do it.
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I haven't done it since mine has rollers but why not give Rikon a call they are extremely helpful.
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Don't most people convert in the other direction, from blocks to bearings, or am I mistaken?

What is your father trying to accomplish?
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Happy with my rollers. Had cool blocks on a Delta way back when and rollers seem to be better now. What about his rollers makes him want to change them out for fiber?
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Can't really speak for the Rikon, But I have both bearing guides and cool blocks for my Grizzly and much prefer the cool blocks especially for 1/4" and smaller blades!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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Good to know. I'll have to check it out. As a guy that is new to the bandsaw, what is the difference and why? I also have a 10" Rikon.
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Good to know. I'll have to check it out. As a guy that is new to the bandsaw, what is the difference and why? I also have a 10" Rikon.
Hi Bradley. Ever try to set the bearing guides behind the gullet of an 1/8" blade? Try that, and you will see what I mean! The cool block can contact the teeth without damaging them, so you can just set them against the entire blade.

Rather than change back and forth, I usually just stick with the cool blocks.

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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Thank you for the good advise, I'll use it.
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I'm not sure....I will ask him and post later this morning.
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