I just got an older model S45 at an auction and the top bearings and
the entire bottom guide assembly need replacing. The parts guy at
Mini-Max told me that they don't make the part I need for the lower
guides (it fit under the table, but above the lower case of the saw)
and I'd need a new assembly similar to the upper one (this one mounts
inside the bottom case). The bottom assembly costs $175. To replace
the upper bearings would be another $72.50. So, I'd be at $247.50.
On the other hand, Carter sells a conversion kit for $150 that
includes (apparently) everything that I'd need for a complete
My question: Has anyone with an older S45 done this? How are the
results? Any recommendations on where to spend my $$?
I installed the Carter guides on my 15 year old S45 saw. The lower
guides are a definite improvement on the stock guides, but the top
guides aren't as easily adjusted (or as robust IMO) as the original
and so I kept the original top guides.
The bottom backup bearing is much larger than the original on my saw,
and I believe this helps disipate heat (and the bearing lasts longer).
It's still a bear to adjust, but usually you don't have to adjust the
bottom guides too often.
One thing to mention...when installing the bottom Carter guides on my
saw I had to elongate a slot to enable it to fit. Carter doesn't
mention this in the instructions. I used a small round file and it
Hope this helps. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to
send me an email. I usually read the finewoodorking.com forums - I
don't read this forum too often. I was just surfing and saw your post.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Chip) wrote in message
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