Is it safe for the blade to occasionally touch the guides when the blade flexes when you saw a curve? I'm using a delta 28-276 with the original guides. I have the distance set with a double thickness of a dollar bill.
James, I see no reason why it wouldn't if they make one for the brand name of the bandsaw you use. You would have to check the Carter web site to see.
Paul, when cutting curves the blade has to hit the guides, that is their purpose. Instead of the two dollar bills as shims watch the Carter bandsaw set up video by Alex Snodgrass on adjusting your saw. It is a sticky thread at the top of this section.
Hi RickWhere are these "sticky threads" I keep hearing about but cannot find?
I bought one for my 12" Craftsman band saw before I sold the saw and the stabilizer. It worked great.
That's because a smart person will realize that it isn't the tool that makes the project. It's the "CRAFTSMAN" behind the tool. Take the Japanese for instance. Some of their craftsmen make some beautiful objects of art with what some would consider archaic tools.You know what I like about this forum. There are no elitists! No one puts down a $100 machine because they have one costing thousands. I'm a firm believer that "You get what you pay for", is not absolute. many times inexpensive equipment is just as good or better than the name brands! I have an old craftsman 12" bandsaw and a Delta 14" bandsaw. I have more trouble adjusting the 14" than I do the 12". But since I have two I use them for different purposes.
Ok I'm off my soapbox now! Thanks for all the input. I think I will go with the cool blocks simply because they are cheaper, although i think the bearing guides are in my future.