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Replacement Bearing Assembly Guidall 2000

Carter Products - Replacement Bearing Assembly Guidall 2000

The Guidall 2000 series replacement bearings guides are designed for saw conversions where space is at a premium.

$150 (As of 4/1/2001)

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Editor's Review: Choosing Bandsaw Guides

by Tim Albers

review date: April 1, 2001

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 Carter Guidall 2000 is not as versatile as stock guides. The smaller bearing assembly is meant to be a conversion option for newer saws. The sharper-edged, smaller bearings on this assembly do a much better job supporting narrow blades while still excelling at resawing.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Carter Products
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-622-7837
Blade Size 3/16 in. to 1/2 in.
Sizes Guide size: #00
Compatiblity Most 14-in. bandsaws

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