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Wright Guide Replacement Block Assembly

Black Diamond Saw & Machine Works - Wright Guide Replacement Block Assembly

This replacement assembly is for all-around use on 14-in. bandsaws and smaller.

$58 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Choosing Bandsaw Guides

by Tim Albers

review date: October 25, 2005

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 Wright guide is the best replacement assembly for all-around use on saws 14 in. and smaller. The Wright guide’s blocks and thrust bearing are mounted together in one compact, sturdy unit. As a result, the trust bearing cannot be adjusted forward and back to accommodate different blade sizes; instead, the blocks offer four rabbeted sides of varying thicknesses. The blocks can be rotated and adjusted quickly and easily.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Black Diamond Saw & Machine Works
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 508-653-4480
Blade Size 1/8 in. to 1/2 in. for #00
Sizes Guide size: #00 to #2 (#00 tested)
Compatiblity Most 14 in. and smaller bandsaws

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