LumberJocks

Cool blocks.

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by dearslayer posted 02-01-2019 06:56 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View dearslayer's profile

dearslayer

5 posts in 811 days


02-01-2019 06:56 PM

Hi all. My first post. I recently purchased an older no name model 14” band saw. It has the original steel guide blocks. I had to order the top section guide from Amazon due to the original having a crack in the aluminum and it wouldn’t tighten. Previously owner over tightened and cracked it. The new one came with plastic square blocks and I have a source for replacement cool blocks for the top guides but the bottom guides have 12mm round steel blocks and I can’t find any place in Canada that I can get them. I can order from Olson but it will cost me $47.00 to get them sent to me in Ontario!! Anyone know of a local source? Lee Valley doesn’t have the round ones either. Sorry if this isn’t the proper area to post this. If not can the moderators please move to the proper area.

GT.


9 replies so far

View MrUnix's profile

MrUnix

7407 posts in 2620 days


#1 posted 02-01-2019 07:03 PM

I’d save your money on those ‘cool’ blocks and use the original HSS guide blocks. If they are torn up, you can re-face them on a bench grinder or with a good metal file.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View dearslayer's profile

dearslayer

5 posts in 811 days


#2 posted 02-01-2019 07:35 PM

I thought from what I’ve read ( no experience as I’ve never owned a bandsaw before ) that any other type of guide block was better than the original steel ones. I don’t mind to pay $20 or so if it helps the saw perform better or extends the life of blades but I thought $47 shipped for a $15 set of blocks for the bottom guide only was a bit much.

View JAAune's profile

JAAune

1864 posts in 2738 days


#3 posted 02-01-2019 08:02 PM

The steel blocks are the best. Once you square them up and tune the bandsaw, they’ll stay set for years.

Cool blocks work well but are too soft and need to be touched up frequently. Bearings get gummed up with sawdust and require frequent cleaning/replacement.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

View dearslayer's profile

dearslayer

5 posts in 811 days


#4 posted 02-04-2019 07:54 PM

I would have thought the steel blocks would be the hardest on the blade giving the least amount of lubrication and generating the most heat resulting in wear but I guess thats what the original designers came up with so I guess that’s gotta account for something right. I’ll try the cool blocks on the top ($20.00 ) for now to see how they do and base the decision to buy the more expensive lowers ,on how they perform.

View MrUnix's profile

MrUnix

7407 posts in 2620 days


#5 posted 02-04-2019 08:05 PM

I would have thought the steel blocks would be the hardest on the blade giving the least amount of lubrication and generating the most heat resulting in wear…
- dearslayer

See this article, particularly on page 2 where he does a ‘heat’ test:

Woodworkers Gazette - Bandsaw blade guides review by Jim Mattson

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View dearslayer's profile

dearslayer

5 posts in 811 days


#6 posted 02-04-2019 09:32 PM

Thanks Brad for that interesting read. Definitely helps me in my decision making for sure.

G.T.

View EeerWoodworker's profile

EeerWoodworker

24 posts in 183 days


#7 posted 02-04-2019 10:05 PM

Personally I think nothing works better than wood blocks, set them incorrectly the blade simply cuts into them.

I made a set out of cocobolo, due to its waxiness feeling years ago and have been using them ever since.

View dearslayer's profile

dearslayer

5 posts in 811 days


#8 posted 02-05-2019 12:26 AM



Personally I think nothing works better than wood blocks, set them incorrectly the blade simply cuts into them.

I made a set out of cocobolo, due to its waxiness feeling years ago and have been using them ever since.

- EeerWoodworker

I thought of this option as well and will be something I’d like to try. Next time i go to my local exotic wood supplier I will grab some suitable material.

View EeerWoodworker's profile

EeerWoodworker

24 posts in 183 days


#9 posted 02-05-2019 02:16 AM


Personally I think nothing works better than wood blocks, set them incorrectly the blade simply cuts into them.

I made a set out of cocobolo, due to its waxiness feeling years ago and have been using them ever since.

- EeerWoodworker

I thought of this option as well and will be something I d like to try. Next time i go to my local exotic wood supplier I will grab some suitable material.

- dearslayer

Pen blanks work great and are so cheap you can try as many different woods as you can think of.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com