Ceramic Guide Blocks and Thrust Bearings are made of high-density aluminum-oxide, the same material used to make ceramic products for NASA. They create far less friction and in turn provide a cooler running blade and truer tracking. They run smoother, quieter, and outlast every other guide block on the market. Industrial aluminum-oxide ceramic guides practically never wear out. As an added bonus, these guides and bearings increase blade life by 40%!
Ceramic guides are used in various applications within the saw mill industry and have been in use for the past 18 years. Previous testing has shown that these guides run truer and cooler with little or no friction. Unlike phenolic or steel guides, these ceramic guides have a guide block seat tolerance of +/- 0.13mm.
Most band saws that utilize roller bearings for guides and thrust bearings can be upgraded to ceramic parts very easily, allowing for more efficient operation. Currently we offer the ceramic guide blocks for the deluxe 14in and 18in bandsaws with more to come to replace the standard bearing guides found on the 10in, 12in and standard 14in model. Because ceramic guides do not have moving parts, they are not prone to the issues that plague roller bearings: clogging with sap and/or debris, and a tendency to rust in humid or wet conditions.
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