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Bandrollers Replacement Blocks

Iturra Design - Bandrollers Replacement Blocks

These economical after-market bearing guides are compatible with a variety of bandsaws.

$70 (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 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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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Iturra Design
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 904-642-2802
Blade Size 1/4 in. to 3/4 in.
Sizes N/A
Compatiblity Fit all 14-in. bandsaws

These work well, but I can not say they are a big improvement. I set my cool blocks close to the blade when I resaw. I think blade tensioning has more to do with a good cut, as does a decent pivot point/fence.I have used the factory supplied blocks, cool blocks, and the bandrollers. They all work well, but the cool blocks and the bandrollers give me a little more piece of mind when taking heavy cuts on the bandsaw.

I do a lot of resawing, bandrollers are simple to setup, do not change the resaw capacity. Only problem is the lower rollers need REGULAR MAINTENANCE. Sawdust can bind them up.

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