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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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Steve I don’t think you can go wrong with any Carter products. I have his magnetic fence which is really nice and some other products
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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.
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I have been using the Carter blades for about 4 years and Iím happy with them. I also have the Carter blade guides on a Grizzly bandsaw and Iím 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?

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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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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.
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Steve check this page https://www.carterproducts.com/band-...onversion-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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