Band Saw Wheel Brushes

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 07-27-2009 04:31 AM 9830 views 17 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not my original idea, but I though I’d share this with you. My new Grizzly 14” band saw did not come with any wheel brushes to keep the tires clean, so I did some searching for options. I could buy them from Rockler, but people complained about the bristles not being firm enough and I thought I could do better. Plenty of people attached tooth brushes to their cases, but I didn’t want to screw into the machine if I could avoid it.

Finally, I came upon a picture of someone attaching a brush head to an L-bracket and attaching it with rare earth magnets. This allows me to easily replace the head if the bristles wear-out, and I didn’t have to drill into the wheel covers. They work well enough with one magnet, but they will rotate a little so if you can’t get sufficient pressure on yours I’d recommend using two magnets to hold the L-bracket in place. The size of the L-bracket depends on the depth of your band saw wheel covers.

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 04:38 AM

Way cool idea.

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 04:58 AM

wow the value of old tooth brushes just went up
nice post

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 05:00 AM

Great idea, Greg. I’ve been meaning to make some of these for years. Cant get any simpler than this. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 05:09 AM

Neat but not gaudy!!

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 05:47 AM

good idea

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 05:56 AM

Nice setup

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#7 posted 07-27-2009 11:56 AM

Well Done!

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#8 posted 07-27-2009 01:33 PM

Thats using your head.

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#9 posted 07-27-2009 04:39 PM

nice…..very nice

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 05:15 PM

Great idea…...THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 10:55 PM

Great idea! That looks like a brand new tooth brush. My used tooth brush doesn’t look that good!

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#12 posted 07-27-2009 11:00 PM

I think maybe something a bit rougher would work better maybe a nail brush or brass wire this might work but I would imagine the toothbrush bristles would not be hard enough.Alistair

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#13 posted 02-08-2010 04:38 PM

Great Idea! The photos looks as though the magnet itself is secured to the L-bracket with a screw. Am I mistaken? How did you secure it? Thanks!

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#14 posted 02-08-2010 04:49 PM

The magnet cup is attached to the bracket with a small bolt and nut. The magnet sits in the cup. The cup has a hole pre-drilled in it already.

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#15 posted 02-08-2010 05:25 PM

Thank you very much. I’m out to buy some of those magnets.

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