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Ceramic Guide Block

Laguna - Ceramic Guide Block

The ceramic guide-block systems from Laguna Tools is sold as a retrofit kit that can be used on other brands of bandsaws.

$Starting at 240 (As of 4/1/2005)

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Editor's Review:

by Roland Johnson

review date: April 1, 2005

Ceramic guide-block systems from Laguna Tools are now sold as retrofit kits that can be used on other brands of bandsaws, including Agazzani, Bridgewood, Felder, Jet, Mini-Max, and most saws that have European-style guides. Kits also are available for most 14-in. Delta-style bandsaws.

With the ceramic blocks installed, a bandsaw can run while the blade is in light but direct contact with the guides, without causing any serious heat buildup. This contact between the blade and guides results in very accurate blade tracking. An added advantage is that the ceramic blocks will prevent pitch from building up on the blade when you’re sawing resinous woods such as pine or cherry. Setting the ceramic thrust bearing is easy: Simply push the guide lightly against the back of the blade and tighten the setscrew.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Laguna
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 949-474-1200
Blade Size All
Sizes N/A
Compatiblity Most saws with European-style guides

As usual, Laguna overprices and stops short of delivering the quality that they claim to want to deliver. I have the Laguna HD-16 bandsaw and purchased the ceramic guides recently. They work pretty well once you get them set up. The adjustments are cumbersome, sloppy and difficult to get just right. No micro-adjustment anywhere. The back-bearing replacement, another ceramic block wears more quickly than I would have hoped for. Not worth $240, maybe 1/2 that price. Dave in Glen Mills PA.

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