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    Have any of you installed these bocks? The issue I have is that the instructions show the entire width of the blade 'captured' within the blocks allowing the blade to cut into them. Well, I have a 3/8" blade on the saw and if I move the blade back enough to be within the front-to-back boudaries of the blocks I'm going to be way off of the center of the tire. Any suggestions appreciated.
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    Chiz
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    Chiz
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    Ironhat,

    Perhaps I am misunderstanding your statement, "if I move the blade back enough to be within the front-to-back boudaries of the blocks I'm going to be way off of the center of the tire"

    I don't own the Ridgid bandsaw, only a little Ryobi; but I've looked at quite a few bandsaw as I'm saving for a new 14-inch. But, on most of the bandsaws that I've looked at, you don't relocate the blade on the wheels... you loosen the guide block holder/guide assembly and move it to align with the blade.

    I just downloaded the manual for the 1400 and see instructions on page 20 to align the guide blocks to the blade. There are illustrated instructions for adjusting both the upper and the lower blade guide assemblies. If you don't have the manual, here is the link:

    http://www.ridgidparts.com/pdf/BS14000.pdf

    I hope this helps,

    CWS

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    • #3
      I agree with CWS, you need to adjust the guides and thrust bearing to the blades' position on the wheel, not the other way around. The blade, depending on its width and tension applied, will track on the wheel in one position, and it differs for each blade. That is why you need to adjust the guides to the blade. As far as I know the guides (in your case Cool Blocks) should be supporting the blade just behind the teeth gullets. The blade should not be cutting into the blocks.

      It you are thinking about a new BS, there was a favorable review in the November issue of Popular Woodworking of the new Rikon 10-325. They gave the Craftsman 22401 a Good buy rating but having seen this BS close up in the store I would not agree with that assessment. It has some good features but the fabrication quality of some of the parts is lacking. The Ridgid was included in the review also, along with the Grizzly G0457, General 90-100, Laguna LT14SE, and the Yorkcraft YC-14WBS. I just looked but there is nothing yet on their website from the Nov 2006 issue.
      "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

      https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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      Time, cost, or quality; pick any two but you can't have all three.

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      • #4
        Here's something that may be of help in understanding BS guide types and setup.
        http://www.popularwoodworking.com/bl...aw+Guides.aspx
        The photos will show you three of the popular guide types and you can see how the blade is positioned within the guides. There is not much discussion on this web apge about setting up guides, that can be found elsewhere on the web with a little searching, or study your owners manual.

        Well, I did find something about their recent BS review, here's the links;

        http://www.popularwoodworking.com/blog/

        http://www.popularwoodworking.com/st...date=11/1/2006
        Last edited by Bob D.; 10-01-2006, 09:45 AM.
        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

        https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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        Time, cost, or quality; pick any two but you can't have all three.

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        • #5
          Bandsaw setup Info

          Good overview: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~pwguild/i-bndsaw.htm

          Blade guide info: http://www.woodworking.org/WC/GArchi...24matband.html

          I like the Iturra's. I've used the cool blocks, but these are nice.

          Barry

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