BLADE GUIDES OPTIONS - Startrite V/T/R/S

Blade Guides for the Startrite V/T/R/S range of vertical bandsaws. Solid Insert Guides are the most common type.

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Blade Guides Overview – Startrite V/T/R/S Models

Five types of blade guides are available for the Startrite V/T/R/S models of bandsaws. All available guide assemblies for these models of bandsaw are interchangeable.

Solid Insert Blade Guides

Solid Insert Blade Guides are the most common type of blade guide found on V/T/R/S models of Startrite bandsaw. These guides are a solid all purpose choice, suitable for most types of sawing.
Solid insert guides are considered one of the easiest guide types to setup due to their lack of adjustment that some of the other guide types require to set correctly. A different guide insert is used for different blade sizes, and swapping they guide inserts is very simple and easy. Once your guides are set, simply swap the guide inserts out when required.

The main drawbacks to these guides are the guide blocks are a wearable part on this assembly, which will need to be replaced once worn. They are also not suitable for high speed sawing.

Universal Blade Guides

The Universal Blade Guides are considered the gold standard of blade guides. These guides offer both high levels of support to the blade and accuracy. The added thrust roller makes these guides suitable for high speed cutting.
High wear resistance / low friction tungsten carbide guide blocks make these guides good for high production sawing. One size of inserts fits all blade sizes.

These guides require careful adjustment for best performance.

Universal Roller Blade Guides

Universal Roller Blade Guides use only bearings instead of guide inserts. They are considered the best guide system for high speed sawing, as the use of bearings as guides allows for minimal friction.

The Universal Roller Guide is not suitable for high precision sawing. It also requires each roller setting up individually.

Wood Cutting Blade Guides 

Wood Cutting Blade Guides utilize a thrust bearing with fibre blocks on either side of the blade to guide. They also feature a rotating thrust roller. This guide system is more suited for high speed sawing, and is not recommended for precision sawing.

The advantage of this guide system over the Universal Roller Guides is the lack of adjustment for ease of setting.

Combination Guides

Combination guides have one major advantage other over guide types. The guides can be turned 45 degrees, removing throat size as a restriction. Outside of this specific circumstance we wouldn’t recommend these guides. They are more complex to setup than other guides.