Still fine tuning / adjusting my new 1412 bandsaw. I assume the ceramic
blade guides are supposed to be parallel to the blade. The back of the
upper rear guide is ~.025" away from the blade when the front of the guide
is touching the blade.
Is there a way apart from filing the entire guide block to get the guide
parallel to the blade? Or is it ok to have only the front part of the guide
Another rookie question: Are the ceramic guides better than ball bearing
The guides are not perfect, Until you get the feel of these guides you
can wrap a dollar bill around the blade and snug the guides up to bill.
I now typically just give them a light push up to the blade and give the
blade a spin. If there is resistance loosen one side and retighten and
spin the blade again. Repeat until the the blade is not pinched.
It is OK if the whole ceramic piece does not touch. I went through this
and found that I was way over thinking things. A rep once demonstrated
to me that with a good band saw you do not need guides at all.
Absolutely!!!! The ceramic guides actually will keep the blade clean as
they scrape the sides of the blade during use. They will not get hot.
They may last for ever. They do not vibrate or make noise with no
moving parts. Ultimately I found, if cutting green or resinous woods,
the ceramic guides don't pound the dust onto the blade. I very shortly
owned a Rikon with bearing guides. I found that if the wood stuck to
the blade the band saw was very loud from the debris getting caught
between the bearings and the blade. Eventually the blade and bearings
became caked with debris.
I did a lot of research between the Rikon and the Laguna purchase.
Have you watched the Laguna video concerning their ceramic guides?
Check these Laguna video's out
FWIW I immediately removed the clear guards on the guides. I did not
see much point to their existence.
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