|Forum topic by Kelly||posted 07-30-2016 03:02 AM||457 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-30-2016 03:02 AM
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:
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.