Carter Stablizer

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Review by blackcherry posted 01-23-2010 10:48 PM 6745 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Turn you band saw into a scroll saw in a matter of minutes. The Carter Stablizer works with blades 1/4 ” and smaller only! You will also have to push the lower guide bearing back as far as they will go. The stabilzer wheel has a grove set so that the blade ride into it during sawing. This allow the blade to turn with no residence. The user has a very free flowing sense of control. When making tight turn the wood will absorb any heat caused by cutting leaving the blade cool to the touch resulting in a burn free cut. If burning dose appear the blade is not tension correctly. I’m really impress with the Carter Stablizer and would recommend it as a plus in band saw operation.

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 11:58 PM

Thanks for the review. I just got into making bandsaw boxes and may need to check this stabilizer out.

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 12:03 AM

oh so THATS what it does lol. Cool thanks for the review

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 03:14 AM

Thank you for the review. My bandsaw (18” Jet) serves two purposes; it is a very good for resaw with a 3/4” blade and I use it for more intricate operations with a 1/4” blade. I believe I can get a 3/16” blade but that is probably the narrowest possible. Clearly, I cannot use the carter stabilizer with a 3/4” blade for resawing. Can you comment on the effort required to switch from a normal setup for resawing and using the carter stabilizer with a narrow blade?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 04:33 AM

Hey richgreer, The set up is really easy, first remove the upper guide bearing and replace with the retro fit Carter Stablizer. Next’s locate the lower guide bearing below the table and set them back as far away from the blade…all the way back and lock either with the allen wrench or thumb screw which ever one that on your saw. The lower guide bearing are not used with the Stablizer. Next place the saw blade of choice no larger than 1/4” and set it up and tension it so that it ready to cut. Next you will have to center the bearing so the blade fit in the grove on the Stablizer. Take a look at the first pic above just to the right of the blade you will see a allen wrench fitting loose this up and place the wheel so it will line up with the blade. This will be the only time this step will be done and tighten it up. One more step…loosen the Stablizer and push it forward so the blade moves forward 1/8” and tighten, locking the blade in the groove. And now your ready to cut. Check the Carter web site and there a video demo of the hole setup. Also you can find the right fit stablizer for you saw…thanks for viewing …Blkcherry

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 05:49 PM

I have it my review
for my setup I totally removed the lover guide

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 06:36 PM

Thanks for the review…and reviews (GaryCN). I’ve had one sitting on the shelf by my bandsaw (got it from a guy that sold his bandsaw and the purchaser didnt want the additional stabilizer (thought it was the same as the installed ones). When I was looking for a scroller or sabre saw – my friend offered the Carter – I din’t know that much about the Carter so Instead I got a sabre saw and used that. Now I will have to give the Carter a try when I make my next bandsaw box. I will have to get a thinner blade then the current woodslicer I have on it now though.

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#7 posted 01-24-2010 06:36 PM

You can but really no need to since the lower guide are lock of contact. Per instructor/inventor/ Carter Demo

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#8 posted 01-24-2010 07:05 PM

Very cool. I’m going to have to look into this more.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#9 posted 01-24-2010 07:33 PM

thanks good review and tip


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#10 posted 01-25-2010 08:41 PM

Thanks for the review. I’ve been considering this purchase lately. The photo you posted showed a nice gentle curve through what appears to be be softer wood (pine or soft maple possibly) . IMHO, almost any decent bandsaw (that’s setup properly) can make that cut. Do you have any experience/pics cutting a really tight curve in thick hardwood using the stabilizer?
Again thanks for taking the time to do this review.

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#11 posted 01-25-2010 10:35 PM

Helllo ratchet,what appears to be is not soft , bird eye maple, and purple heart, cherry and ash were the box that were recently posted. I also used some soft curly. I think of gluing up some rosewood and bird eye for the nexts go around and I will post some pic’s. Stay turn and we will put the stablizer through its worth…thanks for viewing…Blkcherry

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#12 posted 03-05-2010 05:16 PM

As a follow up – - I find the idea of installing the Carter Stabilizer to do intricate and then removing it and reinstalling my conventional guides for resawing to be too much hassle. I switch from intricate work to resawing and back often. Therefore, I have brought my Shopsmith bandsaw out of retirement. It is set up with a Carter stabilizer and my 18” Jet is now used exclusively as a resaw machine. As an FYI, for smaller stuff, the Shopsmith bandsaw is a pretty good tool.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#13 posted 03-05-2010 05:32 PM

i just got the carter full set up ( not the stabilizer ) ,
for my mini-max s-45 18” band saw ,
it is like night and day ,
all my cuts are perfect !

when i finish cleaning the shop ,
i will re-saw some rosewood ,
i expect it will be a joy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 03-05-2010 05:39 PM

I would love to have two band saw for this reason, it take me roughly 5 min. from resaw to stabilizer and a little longer the other way due to realignment of the guides. I do try and plan ahead to have all re-sawing done before hand and then istallthe stabilizer. Just a note I recently purchase a brand new stabilizer on ebay for only 19.00, I payed 57 dollars at Woodcraft for the one I previously bought. It sure dose pay off to surf for bargains.

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