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you can get after market sealed bearings for under $1 dollar each.
Though it might be somewhat counterintuitive you want shielded as opposed to sealed bearings for bandsaw guides. The smaller "skateboard bearings" that you need for most saw guides can be gotten for about a buck each, the larger bearings Rikon now uses will be about $2 each so about $20 a set from a place like VBX. The whole point I was making is the ceramic blocks need to be replaced much less often than bearings, the long-term costs of replacement will not be significantly lopsided.
 

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I have a Rikon 10-325 I upgraded the guides to the new tooless ones and they are great. My woodworking club shop has the Laguna 14-12 and the guides suck. A lot of it is too many people playing with the guides that know nothing about how to use them. The laguna has been down for repairs 4 times in a year and a half. My 12 year old Rikon still runs like a charm.
 
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