Notes From a Rambler-er
Nick, like several others, four thumbs up for the Carter Stailizer. I just cut a five inch piece of apple wood for a band saw box using a 3/16" and got down to around a 3/8" radius. Of course, just like on the video showing the Stabilizer put through its paces, it squealed.
Using it and pushing it to the limit will, certainly, make you nervous. Before, getting anywhere near what I do with the Carter would trash a blade. So far, I've haven't killed any. Instead, they jumped ship (pulling back and not aware - one of the "tight turn techniques), but didn't break.
The directions with the Stabilizer are not clear. Probably to avoid liability when it's recommended you run with the guard raised all the way (the flex you mentioned) to make tight turn cuts. Anyway, I raised mine and. other than the intimidation offered by the glare of a meat cutter seen before me, it seems the best way to get the max out of the guide and blades. Of course, there would be a huge difference between the gap of a fourteen inch with a standard (e.g., 93=1/2" blade) and one with a 105" blade, for a twelve inch cutting capacity.
All that said, cool blocks or bearings play fine with even 1/8" blades. Obviously, you don't want the teeth running through the guides, but that's what the back stop is for.
The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.
Scraps are a myth.
Last edited by Dejure; 05-04-2014 at 08:49 PM.