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Forum topic by DaveB48 posted 09-16-2020 07:24 PM 238 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2020 07:24 PM

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I am considering upgrading my Jet 14” bandsaw by installing the Carter ball bearing blade guides. I have a couple questions for those who already own these guides.

1. The basic guide system comes with a short blade guard intended for a saw without a riser block. Carter folks tell me that for my saw, I should buy the kit with the telescoping guard. Now the list price for the latter kit is $20 more than the list for the basic one, and $35 more than the discounted price I found online. Can the guard that I already own be made to fit the Carter upgrade guides? The mounting slots do not appear to match up, so some adjustments would be needed, I think.

2. Does the Carter system allow for side-to-side adjustment of the upper guide body on the guide post? My post has never been centered behind the blade, resulting in the stock guide being functional but off-center of the blade.

Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

-- Dave in Richmond, IM4 TECH

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#1 posted 09-16-2020 07:29 PM

Alex Snodgrass is really responsive. If you look him up on Facebook, I’ll bet you’ll get an answer straight from the horse’s mouth.

I don’t have a bandsaw worthy of the Carter stuff, but I have spoken with Alex at the shows and online and he really does know his craft.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#2 posted 09-16-2020 07:42 PM


I cannot answer your specific questions, but I can tell you that the Carter guides are a huge upgrade. I installed them on my Jet 14” saw w/o riser, and blade tracking, drift during cutting, everything was much improved. I have since sold the saw for a Rikon 14”, and I am missing the Carter guides.

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#3 posted 09-16-2020 08:52 PM

On my Deltas, I’ve used the original HSS blocks, cool blocks, carter guides, hardwood blocks – and none work any better than the original HSS blocks IMO. For me, the Carter guides were a downgrade from HSS and were short lived on my machine. The one exception is the Carter stabilizer, but that is a completely different animal.

Here is a good comparison of various guides for the 14” saws:

14 Inch Bandsaw Blade Guide Comparison
Review by Jim Mattson in Woodworkers Gazette

I’d save the bucks and spend them on a good blade or two – that combined with proper tuning (see Snodgrass Video) will significantly help. YMMV.


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