Olson Saw Company - Cool Blocks Replacement Blocks
Cool Blocks are available for every bandsaw on the market and are designed to go easy on blade teeth.
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.
Cool Blocks are the best all-purpose replacement for stock steel guide blocks. They’re economical and won’t damage blade. Cool Blocks are the author’s favorite aftermarket blocks. Available for every bandsaw on the market, they are inexpensive, easy on teeth, and can be adjusted so they completely encase smaller blades.