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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.
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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.

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Paul,
Take a look at the sticky post above in this section, on band saw set up.
That was a great help for me----and I have an extra dollar in my pocket.

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Paul, in addition to Mike's good suggestion, you'll want to check out these COOLBLOCKS They can be adjusted right up against the blade and provide more stability on turns.

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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.
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I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the Carter Bandsaw Stabilizer type of guides... Made just for using 1/4" wide and less bandsaw blades for cutting tight curves...

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I will say the carter stabilizer works well.
My used saw came with one, I did not know what it was for until I saw the video.
It allows the blade to flex for tighter turns for a given blade width.
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Does anyone know if the stabilizer will work on a 12" band saw?

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Does anyone know if the stabilizer will work on a 12" band saw?
Each stabilizer is made for a specific model bandsaw. There website will tell you if one is available for yours, James.

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Does anyone know if the stabilizer will work on a 12" band saw?
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.
I am using the stabilizer right now on my Shopsmith 14" with a 1/4" blade. It's amazing how small a radius you can turn with it. There is a slight learning curve tho and it has to be set up properly.

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