View Full Version : Bandsaw Guides

16-10-2015, 12:31 PM
Hello Gentlemen :fat:

I'm Pete, a wood worker based in North Manchester. If I am in the wrong for posting on this forum please forgive me, but I've tried everything else.
I'm looking for someone in Manchester who would be willing to make me a set of guides for my bandsaw so I can use 1/8" blades. Ideally you
would be willing to pop round for a brew and cake while I show you what I'm after and you would be able to take all the necessary measurements.
I'm more than willing to pay, I'm not looking to get it done on the cheap, but I've spent weeks phoning UK tool shops, and I've been
emailing a company in the States who make what I'm after but they wanted $158.00 shipping:hysterical: Hope one of you chaps or ladies will be able to help.

Lee Roberts
16-10-2015, 04:12 PM
If I am in the wrong for posting on this forum please forgive me, but I've tried everything else. Ideally you....for a brew and cake

Hummm Cake! C'Mon, who dosnt like cake!, definitely not in the wrong Pete!

Welcome to the forum and good luck with the request, if you want post a RFQ in the Marketplace section, here should be fine though.


16-10-2015, 05:09 PM
Hi Pete
Welcome to the forum
If you could let the guys have a bit more information that would be a help.What make is the Bandsaw ? can you take some pictures of the guides you are running now, with a picture of them in position as well, i am sure there will be someone that can help you out.

16-10-2015, 05:09 PM
Hello Pete,

I am far from local so I cannot visit you. However, if you post pictures of your existing guides and sizes I may know where you can source some guides.

16-10-2015, 07:31 PM
Thank you ever so much gentlemen:unconscious: Here's a few piccies of my current guides, they are really pants considering the saw was 700.00, appreciated that isn't much compared to the cost of a CNC one. I spoke to the manufacturer last week, Record Power, the model is a BS350S. They said you can't use 1/8" blades on any of their machines, which begs the question why does the tension guide
start at 1/8". There is a company in the States who have come up with a solution, it's a single bearing with a groove in the centre, the guide or bearing is set so it pushes the blade 1/8" forward and then you adjust the top wheel 1/8" back. I thought they had one to fit my saw but the guide bar was too short and they don't manufacture on site or provide a custom service to make the bar
20mm longer.
The other system which seems popular in the US is to use Cool Blocks or Space Age Thrust bearings etc, again I haven't been able to find a UK supplier, or even a guide system which can be adapted. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

16-10-2015, 09:16 PM
Hi Pete
Check out this link
There appears to be a solution but you will have to enroll on the site to see the JPEG images.

17-10-2015, 02:38 PM
Hello Mark :courage:

I've been a member on the UKWorkshop for a few years, a number of chaps have the same problem buying after market guides. There's one retired engineer who made a beautiful set of guides
last year, may be the year before but sadly they take him too long so he's unable to make to order. I have had an email this morning with details of someone who might be able to sort me out
so fingers crossed.