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Hello fellow sawyers, who has opinions or advice concerning the use of ceramic bandsaw guides in place of cool blocks or roller bearings?
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Hi Adrian.
I have replaced the blocks in the two band saw's I have with the Carter set up. I like it better than using the block's. If you post this in maybe the "Tools & Woodworking" section of the forum you might get more responses. I don't think every reads the Introductions forum.

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Hey Adrian, I use these , Delta 14 Guide by Laguna Tools - 800.234.1976 , on my Delta. I was given a set to test market and have found them to be quite remarkable in use from the smallest blade I have all the way up to a 3/4 inch Resaw King blade as well. These however as I'm sure you can see are expensive, but before I had these I had tried both Cool Blocks as well as a ceramic guide set from Hartville Tools,Band Saw Accessories - DELTA 14 CERAMIC GUIDE BLOCKS , http://www.hartvilletool.com/product...aw-accessories , both worked well, but now I'm spoiled with these. The ceramics will outlast any other block out there and will allow for your blades to run much cooler giving you a better cut IMHO.

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I will 2nd your post James, if I don't have the Carter Stabilizer in place I have bearings in place,they will out last any rub block and run cooler..

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I have replaced the blocks in the two band saw's I have with the Carter set up. I like it better than using the block's. If you post this in maybe the "Tools & Woodworking" section of the forum you might get more responses. I don't think every reads the Introductions forum.

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Thanks for the input. I am setting up a special savings account for my Carter guide conversion.
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I've never used the ceramic blocks in my Shopsmith BS. Everyone on the Shopsmith forum raves about them and says that with dual upper and lower bearings, nothing else is needed. I was toying with maybe getting the Carter set, but others have said the ceramic blocks perform just as well. $11.00 vs over $200 for both Carter sets. It's really a no brainer for this old cheapskate.
However, I'm still limping along with oil soaked oak blocks. I did put in the dual bearings, though.

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I use hardwood blocks. Free. I get best stability of the blade when I bury the teeth in the wood.

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Interesting, I have some things to try.

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I had a GI with cool block now I have a Laguna with ceramic: I love my Laguna!!!

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Thanks, to all on the views for the alternatives. $ will solve the need for now. I will stick to cool blocks until I am in the cash for that special precision work with expensive resaw stock.
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