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Bandsaw guides typically have one assembly above the table and one below. The bottom assembly is fixed, while the top assembly travels vertically on a guide post. Each assembly contains three support elements: two side, or lateral, supports and one rear support.
Some guides use blocks to provide lateral support, and others use bearings. Bearing guides are further divided into American and European styles. American-style bearing guides support the blade with the curved outside surfaces of the bearing, rolling along the blade as it travels by. European-style bearing guides contact the blade on their flat side-faces, potentially offering more support area but also more friction and noise.
It’s important to choose the bandsaw guides that are appropriate for your type of woodworking. Whether you are a luthier using your bandsaw for precision resawing, a toy builder making hundreds of curved cuts, or a furniture maker doing some of both, there are bandsaw guides that are right for you.
The Iturra Bandroller is an economical version of bearing guides. It’s not recommended for very narrow baldes, but it is good for resawing. Iturra Bandroller offer smaller saws the benefits of bearing guides for much less cost than a complete replacement guide assembly. Like all bearing guides, Bandrollers can be run against the blade without creating excess friction, making them a good choice for resawing, where blade tracking is so improtant.
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