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Changing bandsaw tires

You wouldn't dream of driving a car for years without checking its tires, so why do it with your bandsaw? To make a quick assessment, pop the bandsaw's hood, remove the blade, and inspect the tire for visible cracks or missing chunks. If there are any, it's time for a replacement. Here's how to do it.

Before installing a new tire, pry off the old one with a flathead screwdriver, or cut it off with a sharp utility knife. Scrape away old adhesive or remaining tire fragments with a putty knife, then remove any adhesive residue from the wheel using a rag and lacquer thinner.

As a final step, clean the wheel rim with denatured alcohol and allow it to dry thoroughly before mounting the new tire. You want a bare-metal surface for the tire to adhere to, and some solvents -- including lacquer thinner -- leave behind a residue that can reduce the adhesive's effectiveness.

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Comments (4)
MarvinTN wrote:

I got the Urethane Tires for my porter Cable Band Saw from Peachtree WoodWorking in Atlanta GA. Easy to install and have worked great for 3 or 4 months so far.Got them in about 3 days I think.

12/18/2014 07:53:21 PM Report Abuse
terrancewilson wrote:

Rockler sells the urethane's. Check Amazon for others.

12/21/2013 09:57:09 AM Report Abuse
sherdave wrote:

Yes I would like to know also. I live in Ontario, Canada. I have a Craftsman band saw and it is 25 years old and still going. Dave......

12/19/2013 03:07:46 PM Report Abuse
baldwinc90221 wrote:

Where did you get the tire?????

12/19/2013 10:00:59 AM Report Abuse

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