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Bandsaws

Post by justaskin » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:15 am

Hi All
I am in the process of getting a new bandsaw. I have been asking a question 5 different suppliers and I am not convinced by their answers. Their answers range from cheapness to it seems a good idea
I notice that there seem to be 2 types of blade guides, roller bearing and pressure pads.
Can anyone give a reason to which are the most efficient please?
with kind regards

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Re: Bandsaws

Post by promhandicam » Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:04 am

Welcome to the forum. In answer to your question, some would say that a properly set up bandsaw if used properly doesn't need guides as the blade shouldn't actually touch them. FWIW, my startrite has solid carbide tipped guides.

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Re: Bandsaws

Post by George Fisher » Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:08 pm

My Minimax has bearing guides but they are all gummed up with resin and dust and really should be replaced, that said it cuts just fine. Having a sharp blade makes by far the biggest difference to performance.

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Re: Bandsaws

Post by woodpecker » Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:40 pm

promhandicam wrote:some would say that a properly set up bandsaw if used properly doesn't need guides as the blade shouldn't actually touch them.
Not even the backstop guide?

Richard

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Re: Bandsaws

Post by Mike Jordan » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:38 pm

I bought a £1000 new bandsaw which had ball bearings below the table to guide the blade. The bearings were arranged side by side and the blade passed between them with just a little clearance. All was well until a small piece of timber dropped through the table aperture and fell between the rollers which acted as a pinch and whipped the small bit of timber through, this smashed the alloy casting that the bearing were mounted on.
A spare part was sent FOC and I've now had the saw for five years without repeating the failure by being careful to keep the table insert a good fit round the blade.
If I buy another saw I will ensure that this defect in design is not part of it!
My vote goes for blocks below the table.

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Re: Bandsaws

Post by justaskin » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:20 am

Hi All
Thank you for all the very constructive comments, also some of others, pit falls of rollers.
My 1 year old band Jet saw has had to have 8 track bearing due to preparing timber for turning the old ones were metal disc sealed not rubber, 1 pinched bearing with a sliver of timber has distorted the bearing holder so they are not running parallel to each other.
Say no more.
Regards to all
Richard

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