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Kelly

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07-30-2016 03:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: neoprene tires bandsaw band saw tire replacement new tires

My bandsaw started tossing the upper tire and, yesterday, tossed the bottom one. After six or seven years, I guess it was time to replace them. I ordered a set off Amazon and was both looking forward to replacing them and dreading it. I’d read several posts about the complication of installing them. One person even talked about three people installing his.

Just for reference, my bandsaw is a Powermatic PWBS 14CS (14 in) and the tires in the link, below, fit perfectly. The set I bought cost $29.99, were sold by Peachtree, and can be seen at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H69UKI/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

After pulling the plug and removing the blade, pulling the old tires was a whizz, since they were tossing during operations. I didn’t have to use tools. There was no glue, so there was nothing to clean.

Per directions, I stretched the tires. Rather than the recommended way of using something with no sharp edges, to hold the tire, and pull them, I just stepped on them and pulled.

I used two vice grips and thin block of wood to hold the tires in place at about one hundred eighty degrees apart. The wood allowed the grips to hold the tires without damaging them and the tires stayed in place at those positions.

After the tires were secured, I merely pulled the tires down and worked around the wheel, which went far more easy than expected. That said, the tires did fit very tightly.

Once in place, I used the end of an eight inch dowel to push the edges of each tire, until it dropped into to the groove. Again, the tires fit very well, both for width and length.

I put the blade back on, fired the unit up and all was well in Denmark, again.

All told, the whole process took a half hour or less.


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Rick M

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#1 posted 07-30-2016 05:55 AM

Good write up of the process. Mine is throwing the top tire, ruined a blade in the process. I’m thinking about trying out John Heisz’ technique of using silicone instead of a tire. Seems to be working well for him.

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#2 posted 07-30-2016 11:20 AM

Good description….I heated mine in hot water and then did similar to your process.

You say neoprene but the link says urethane???

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 07-30-2016 11:51 AM

Put these same tires on my 1980s model 14” Delta several years back; and, they’ve been great.

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 07-30-2016 01:14 PM

I used the exact same tires from Amazon for my 1964 Powermatic 14”.

Only a little stress involved in installing them. I clamped them into my WW vice and pulled real hard.

Are you going to (or do you need to) crown them?

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Kelly

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#5 posted 07-30-2016 03:55 PM

Oooooops


Good description….I heated mine in hot water and then did similar to your process.

You say neoprene but the link says urethane???

- Redoak49


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#6 posted 07-30-2016 03:59 PM

It would be VERY hard to crown these on my saw. The edges are flush with the walls on each side of the tires. Regardless, I’ve cut several feet of fir and note no problems.


I used the exact same tires from Amazon for my 1964 Powermatic 14”.

Only a little stress involved in installing them. I clamped them into my WW vice and pulled real hard.

Are you going to (or do you need to) crown them?

- splintergroup


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splintergroup

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#7 posted 07-31-2016 02:52 PM



It would be VERY hard to crown these on my saw. The edges are flush with the walls on each side of the tires. Regardless, I ve cut several feet of fir and note no problems.

- splintergroup

Great! one saws have the crown built into the wheels, some don’t require it (like my Minimax).

My Powermatic needed it so I followed the instructions at the manufacturer and placed two layers of tape on the wheel (1/4” wide covered by a piece 1/2” wide) This forces a crown.

- Kelly

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#8 posted 07-31-2016 03:54 PM

Good information, splintergroup. I haven’t looked at the PM manual for years. I’ll keep running the 1/4”, 4TIP on a Carter Stabilizer for a while, then try a little re-sawing with a 1/2” or a 5/8” blade and see how it works. If it doesn’t act broke, I wont fix it. If it does, I’ll try your crown approach on top.

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