Saturday, February 12, 2005

Bandmill blade guide

There has been lots of talk over the years about what works good for the guide system on a bandmill, the fact is simple is better

  • A simple arm to hold the guide, must be able to slide in and out freely
  • I think bearings are better than rollers with bearing inserts
  • Must be adjustable in 3 dimensions
  • Needs to be easy to fix and take apart
  • Uses standard over the shelf parts

If you can find a guide arm system that fits these criteria you will have good guide arms

More info...


At 1:47 PM, Anonymous wood whacker said...

use bearing on back of blade
use hadwood blocks on sides of blade
soak blocks in wd 40
runs cooler easy to adjust
home made sawmill runs fine this way
just watching

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous tree killer said...

wood whacker did you make this blade guide? How?

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Juan said...

I have build and designes sawmils and resaws for the last 18 years. I started using purple heart hard wood for the guides of the blade, but I switched to brass bushing on roller bearings, and pushed dowbn the guide ( about 1/16"). it has worker perfectly for the last 12 years, we saw everyday, we replace the bras every 3 month.
Juan martinez,
Santa marta

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous keith, watertown mn said...

maybe a larger picture would be nice.

Also it seems like guides like this work ok for smaller cuts. but what happens when the cuts get 40 inches or wider? extra tension on the blade which just equals more heat. plus I wouldnt want to use wood soaked in any petroleum based product for guides as fire becomes a possibility.

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do some guides have one side wheel? I would expect two wheels would be needed.


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