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Forum topic by MickeyGee posted 06-29-2010 08:24 PM 3487 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2010 08:24 PM

HI Jocks!

Recently picked up a new bandsaw – Delta 28-540. More than a few years old, but in decent shape.

It’s my first bandsaw, so I’m learning as I go.

My trouble is this – I’ve just bought two blades to try out, (it didn’t come with any), and each time I install the blade and tension it down, the rubber on the top roller tracks off of the wheel.

If you’re not familiar with the saw, it’s a three wheel (or tire) design that tracks the blade in a triangle. Bottom front wheel is attached to the drive belt, bottom rear wheel is the tensioning and the top wheel…well it’s not doing it’s only job!

So I’ve checked to make sure that the wheel isn’t running sloppy or twisting etc. it’s alignment is good.
I’ve tried swapping the rubber from the tensioning wheel and the top wheel with the same result, the rubber tracks off of the wheel and I get this nasty grinding sound as the blade slips.
I’ve also tried different tensioning and different blades, again with the same result.

The blade tracks well – it’s always centered, even after the rubber flies off.

So I’m thinking that the rubber might be too loose. I can look around for another rubber, but I thought I’d check with you guys first. Also, would running without a rubber on this tire kill the set on my blades??

Any ideas or suggestions would be really appreciated! Thanks a bunch!

-- -- Mike

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#1 posted 06-29-2010 08:43 PM

Can you glue it in place? If the wheels are just smooth with no lip on them to hold the rubber on, I would try rubber cement or silicone to glue it in place. If you are going to replace it anyway, might as well try that first.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 09:34 PM

The best glue for the job would be 3m Automotive adhesive It’s the yellow stuff . I Think its best because it’s what they use to attach the rubber seals around the doors and such . It’s very strong and it stays soft and will attach to metal well…......................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 06-29-2010 10:28 PM

i had a similar issue a while back when i went to a 1/2 in. blade – upgraded the factory tires to urethane and runs well – do you have the manual because there are a number of setup issues with these saws , everything has to be paralell- guides, wheels etc

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 12:48 AM

Thanks guys! Appreciate the ideas – I think I’ll try securing the rubber with the 3M adhesive and if that doesn’t work – look around for some urethane tires.

webwood – i did manage to find a copy of the manual online and after reading through it’s not much help. You know the type, not much of a troubleshooting section because everything should work the first time round!

Thanks all!

-- -- Mike

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 03:11 AM

The adhering the rubber to the wheels totally worked!! I’m really happy – I used a product called PLIOBOND which is similar to contact cement. It’s apparently used a lot in the auto industry and is great for adhering aluminum to rubber. So far so good!

Just finished cutting my first piece – thanks for all the help.

-- -- Mike

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