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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