The truth on bandsaw guides! They don't matter for resawing....apparently

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Forum topic by BandsawJeff posted 05-29-2018 01:27 PM 714 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2018 01:27 PM

This concept is very intriguing! But when you think about it it makes sense….if you touch your side guide you are not cutting straight with a bandsaw….I still not about to take them off though lol

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 11:56 AM

Somewhat true….however you do need thrust hearings

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#2 posted 05-30-2018 07:53 PM

As long as the blade is sharp and you don’t push too aggressively, it should theoretically follow a straight line. Pushing too hard causes the blade to buckle and that’s where the side guides come into play, keeping the blade centered.

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#3 posted 05-30-2018 11:01 PM

Somewhat true….however you do need thrust hearings

- cabmaker

If the blade cross section and tension give enough beam strength you don’t need the thrust bearings either, Sam Blasco demonstrated this year ago.

The low tension/no guide approach in the video only works with a relatively low feed rate and requires the set of the teeth be pretty much perfect. Having even slightly more set on one side acts like a car tire with low pressure and pulls the blade in that direction. I view the video as something of a parlor trick in that it requires a certain set of conditions to work. The more beam strength you have the less important guides will be resawing, this is also true for a slower feed rate, soft and/or straight grained wood and the more balanced the set of the blade is (or use a blade with no set like carbide blades or meat cutting blades ie Kerfmaster or Wood Slicer).

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