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So another takeaway from Saturday's TWS was finding out Carter Products makes bandsaw blades which I hadn't really known as I was so focused on the guide kits. Anyone using them and have an opinion? They are competitively priced to the Timber Wolf blades I've been using but haven't really tried any others.

I do have a Highland Woodworkers Wood Slicer in both 1/2" and 3/4" which I can say are wonderful. Alex Snodgrass of Carter Products showed off their 3/8" green wood blade that he uses for resawing as well and it worked extremely well and he went through maybe a 12" hardwood cutting board without issue. Always looking for good blades that work well, last long, and are priced well. I can say I really like their guide kit for the Laguna 14-12 over the, what I find, tedious ceramic guides the saw came with. Any adjustments can be made without removing or lifting the table on the lower guides.

They make a bunch of other bandsaw and turning accessories as well. One really nifty jig is their wheel cutting jig and the magnetic bandsaw fence. My fence works great and I don't need to cut wheels yet but if I do.....
 

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Thanks for the heads up, Steve. Saved the site for when the time comes.
 

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I have been using the Carter blades for about 4 years and I’m happy with them. I also have the Carter blade guides on a Grizzly bandsaw and I’m very happy with them.
Which Grizzly bandsaw do you have? I'm getting a 513x2BF and am wanting the Carter guides and the stabilizer. What Carter model number did you buy?

Are the Carter blades carbon steel or bi-metal?

Thanks.
Steve
 

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i only have their 1/4 & 1/2 blades but both are great. their blades are rounded on the back to help with cornering, but i doubt they are they only ones who do that. that just sticks out in my memory from when i bought them. i have the stabilizer but havent used it yet. he uses that in his videos to cut the reindeer. super tight turns almost like a scrollsaw. the mag fence works great too. i thought their stuff was kinda pricey but no complaints on ease of install or performance
 

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I use both sets of the guides. Very satisfied. I'd look up the model number for you, Steve but, mine are for a Shopsmith.
 
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I have a guide set, Stabilizer and the MagFence for my 1960 Powermatic 140 (14") bandsaw. Love them all. Especially the Stabilizer, which I used for sawing the gears for the gear toy I was making for my granddaughter last Nov./Dec. I do not have any of their blades. All of mine are Timberwolf.

Carter doesn't have an off the self set of guides for this model of PM saw. Tech support recommended the set for the 141 model, but it was not a good fit, at least for the lower guides. I had to fabricate a completely different mounting bracket because there was no where near the room under the table as nearly all other saws. This is because both trunions are to the right of the blade, whereas most other saws the blade is between the trunions. I think as a result, the blade slot in the table goes out to the left side of the table.


This was very problematic for the Kreg fence that I had mounted, because in order to change blades, I had to remove the fence table mounting rail. Not a workable situation, unless I had more than one bandsaw and could leave just one blade on the 140. This is why the Carter MagFence works so well with this saw.

When I need new blades, I believe I'll give the Carter blades a try.
 

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Good thinking...necessity is the mother of invention...
 

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Discussion Starter · #10 · (Edited)
Which Grizzly bandsaw do you have? I'm getting a 513x2BF and am wanting the Carter guides and the stabilizer. What Carter model number did you buy?

Are the Carter blades carbon steel or bi-metal?

Thanks.
Steve
Steve check this page https://www.carterproducts.com/band-saw-products/band-saw-conversion-kits for the model number and if that doesn't show it call them. They are very approachable and knowledgeable. The different makes and models are listed on the left column.
 

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Rick, nice adaptation. When I first saw the guides for the Laguna I knew it was going to be easier to set and adjust. Until yesterday, after talking with a tech at Laguna, my table wan't able to tilt near it's full range without a mess of loosening and multiple moves (attempts). They had sent me new replacement trunnions and nuts but there was no clear instruction on how to install these and they both have room to be adjusted. The attempt to tilt was a hard stop at 30 degrees, always.

Problem is when the table in installed there is only one of the three bolts accessible to tighten. So what I was instructed to do is remove the bolt and loosely mount the upper (on table) trunnions and rock the table back and forth so the trunnions would self seat in the lower trunnions. This made sense to a point. Without the bolts and some restriction (keeping the trunnions somewhat in place) they could rise and actually unseat themselves.

So I did use the bolts and had the nuts slightly loose moving the table from flat to full range slightly moving the table as I went which after 5-6 times of going from flat to full tilt the trunnions seem to seat reasonably well. I laid the table flat and tightened the front trunnion bolt that I could get to holding it in place, removed the table again and tightened the other bolts.

Re-installed the table and lo and behold I finally had full tilt range. What I hadn't realized is that the tilt gauge was still on the old trunnion.......So there's that to fix yet but a smooth tilting ability is finally on my saw after 2 years. As for the gauge I would have checked with a proper tool anyway. I don't see me tilting the table too often right now but I really like things working as they should.

The upside to this is the lower guides, either the stock ceramic or replacement Carter's, are far easier to get to and adjust. The Carters I can get to without tilting the table which is sweet and fast. Their magnetic fence is extremely nice and their quality is very high. I saw probably their full line of product at the show and it's top shelf.
 
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