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Cooks Guides....are they worth it?
« on: December 21, 2011, 11:22:43 PM »
Been shopping around for a different set of guides for my mill. 

I like the sound of Cooks Saw Guides w/ "B.C. Jaw", but do they work as well as they claim? and for the money?

Or is there something equal or better for less $$$$ (I know...keep dreamin')
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Re: Cooks Guides....are they worth it?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 02:53:53 AM »
Cook's guide are well built with a lot of adjustability. You can always buy the BC jaw at a later date, if needed. As far as are they worth it? - you'll have to decide on that. IMO the guides are about the most important part of the mill for sawing good lumber and not an item to be skimped on.

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Re: Cooks Guides....are they worth it?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011, 06:29:58 AM »
We switched to Cooks blade guides some years back on our other mill. We have been very happy with those. As far as bottom side, we don't use those. Its been my experience that either a blade cuts straight, or it doesn't. If you have a blade wanting to dive, it will. Only place I know where they might help is on a resaw on narrow cuts. On a sawmill I simply don't see much for positive results. I don't think we have replaced the ceramic on the bottoms of our Woodmizer rollers in years, and I'm betting they are long gone. But outside of that, Cook's guides are well built, last a long time, and you can get all the parts and technical support you need.

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Re: Cooks Guides....are they worth it?
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2011, 06:52:35 AM »
I switched to cooks guides about a year ago on my baker re-saw and went with the bc bottom guides.  Very happy with the performance.  I would say there is no reason for the bottom guide on regular saw for the same reasons's stated above.
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Re: Cooks Guides....are they worth it?
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2011, 07:14:59 AM »

 Right, adjust to 1/4" downpressure, if your blades want to dive there are other issues, dull, set, hook   etc.     Steve
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2011, 06:52:39 PM »
I don't know when Cooks came out with the BC Jaw , but I have a fairly new AC 36 which is one of their top end mills and it didn't come with the BC on the roller.  Banjo
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Re: Cooks Guides....are they worth it?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2011, 05:55:08 PM »
I have cooks rollers on my homemade and love them. Worth the money to save you the hassle.


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