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Forum topic by TrialThroughError posted 06-01-2015 03:09 PM 620 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2015 03:09 PM

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Hi all,
Hoping someone out there has an answer for me. Hours of Google searches have not yielded any results.

I recently purchased a used Ryobi BS901. This will be my temporary bandsaw until I save up enough for a grown-ups bandsaw. (The BS901 is an older model 9” Bandsaw taking a 59 1/2” blade.) The only thing that seems to be wrong with it are that the wheels are missing tires. Any 59 1/2” blade I put in this thing seems to be slightly too large. By the time the blade is almost tight, I’ve got the top wheel scraping against the top frame.

Here’s my question:
Is this because the wheels lack tires? It’s my first guess, I just find it hard to believe that a +/- 0.01” thick tire would make all the difference in the world.

If you guys think that bandsaw tires are the reason I can’t get the blade tensioned, then I’ll wrap ‘em in tape while I wait for an order of urethane tires to ship. If not, then I’ll have to look for a new bandsaw (oh, darn) and take this one apart for usable parts (oh, darn again!)

Thanks in advance for any help!


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#1 posted 06-01-2015 03:17 PM

I’m not sure you would want to run a bandsaw without tires anyways as you would at best flatten the set on the blade on the side that contacts the wheel and at worst might damage it due to metal to metal contact not to mention you are probably going to have tracking issues.

Keep in mind you are not just adding the thickness of the tire in one spot. You are adding the thickness of the tire over the entire surface of contact of the blade over both wheels. I could see that adding up to enough to throw off the tensioner.

I would recommend waiting until you have your new tires before using it but that’s me.

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 12:34 AM

I second Richard H’s motion. I was given a 14” bandsaw that had black tape in place of tires. It would walk across the shop when turned on! A set of Carter urethane tires made a huge difference.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 06-02-2015 12:47 AM

Watch how Matthias Wandel puts homemade tires on his 9” bandsaw:

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 06-02-2015 03:14 AM

++1 on not running without tires.
For what it’s worth, the length taken up by 1/10 inch thickness of tire is .628” .
Thats just a shade over 5/8” of band length, 5/16” of take up adjustment.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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