My LT16SEC came with the euro guides - beariings on either side of the
blade and a thrust bearing behind. They were easy to set up and great
for wide blades - but kind of a hassle for 1/2" blades, which I use more
often. Got the LT ceramic guides at their "introductory prices" from
Torben at a WWing show. He's a Bandsaw Phreak and is always working on
ways to make bandsawing better (Resaw King blades which are reputed to
be pretty amazing, the 10 points ceramic guides).
The LT ceramic guides work really well on 1/2" and 3/4" blades (and
probably just as well on 1/4" blades). BUT - they are a royal PITA to
set up - at least on an LT 16SEC, especially the ones UNDER the table.
The side guides mounting set up allows them to swivel - and that means
it's tricky to get them parallel to the blade without touching it. When
you go to tighten their set screws they rock out of alignment easily.
AND tightening and loosening those little set screws on the thrust
block - with an allen wrench ain't fun either, especially under the
table - lots of fishing around to find the set screw and then working in
a tight space. Why they didn't go with small knobs is a mystery to me.
All that said - having four guides, two on each side of the blade, both
top and bottom does reduce blade twist.
Though they say sparking is normal with ceramic guides I still worry
about sparks and saw dust being sucked into the dust collection system.
Seems like a recipe for a problem. So far though, no BOOOOOOOOOOM!