Changing bandsaw tires
Rubber tires: Stretch 'n' glue
To install a rubber tire, slide part of the tire onto the wheel rim with the rough-sided surface of the tire against the rim. Clamp it with a small C-clamp and a 1/4"-thick piece of scrap. Stretch the tire to the wheel's opposite side; then clamp it. Work the tire over the rim, as shown above, using a wood or steel lever, if necessary.
Slip a short piece of 3/4"-diameter rod or pipe between the tire and wheel. Roll the pipe around the rim once to equalize the tire's elasticity. Squeeze a small amount of industrial rubber adhesive (3M-TIRE, 888-622-7837, carterproducts.com) onto a scrapwood applicator and apply it to the tire and wheel surface, as shown below left. Roll and repeat all the way around the rim. Let the adhesive dry for 24 hours before using the saw again.
Note: Bandsaw tires fit a range of wheel widths, and may require trimming along one edge. Mount the tire flush to one side of the wheel, glue it in place, and then run a sharp utility knife around the edge.
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