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Micro-Precision Guide Replacement Block Assembly

Carter Products - Micro-Precision Guide Replacement Block Assembly

The Micro-Precision ball-bearing rub block guide is well suited for general-purpose work. It features Teflon-impregnated self-lubricating rub blocks.

$130 (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 Micro-Precision guide is the best replacement assembly for all-around use on saws 16 in. and larger. Made of a Teflon-impregnated alloy, the large blocks can be run closer to the blade, offering better blade support without creating more friction and wear. Adjusting these blocks takes a little getting used to, because both sides are secured with the same screw.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Carter Products
Manufacturer's Web Site www.carterproducts.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-622-7837
Blade Size 1/8 in. to 1-1/4 in. for #0
Sizes Guide size: #00 to #1
Compatiblity Bandsaws 16 in. and larger

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