How do I remove my band saw wheel? Model Sears 113.243311

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Forum topic by card9inal posted 10-21-2016 03:18 PM 1674 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2016 03:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw tire wheel remove wheel sears 12 113243311 113243310 install tire urethane urethane tire bandsaw

Hello LJ’s,

How do I remove the wheel of my Sears 113.243311 band saw? It’s the lower wheel that I need to remove in order to install a new tire, after the previous one flew off the wheel after a shutdown.

Here are some photos of what I’m dealing with…

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 03:45 PM

I am going to assume that you have loosened/removed the set screw, if so, it should slide right off. If it will not, you will probably need to use a wheel/gear puller.

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 03:55 PM

yes you have to remove the set screw pull the pin out it will pop right off with a little work grab the wheel at 9 and 3 o’clock work it off

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 05:26 PM

I’ve come across 2 set screws on top of each other. Not in a Craftsman machine, but one never knows…
If you use a puller of any type, be careful with the aluminum wheel it may break…
Soak it with a penetrating oil too.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 05:29 PM

I’ve already cracked the wheel trying (with just a little force) to pry it off from the back. Not a large crack, but I can tell it’s there.

It’s been soaking in oil for about 30 or so minutes, but still no movement. I tapped with a hammer to try to get some vibration in there, but the only thing that did was push the key back.

Stuck real good.

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#5 posted 10-21-2016 06:04 PM

Okay, I’ve had this bandsaw, or similar model since the late 70’s. It’s still going strong. I’ve never replaced the tires. Then again, it doesn’t get a ton of use. Awhile back the tires started to wander on the wheel. I took them off and applied a little contact cement and they’ve worked well since.
Even though I did that awhile back I don’t remember removing the wheel to do that. I took the tires off and put them back on with the wheel still on the shaft. Maybe I’m misunderstanding?

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#6 posted 10-21-2016 08:27 PM

I had that Craftsman bandsaw. My memory isn’t that good, but like Crftm’n on the lake, I don’t remember having to remove the wheels to install tires. Be that as it may, some penetrating oil and a wheel puller should get the job done. Careful with that pot metal though, give it some tension and then a judicious tap on the puller shaft, rinse and repeat.

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#7 posted 10-21-2016 09:25 PM

I just replaced the tires on mine (same model) two nights ago. I was able to do it without removing the wheels. It wasn’t particularly easy but I got it done. The trick I used was a couple of squeeze clamps and a dowel. You can get the tire about halfway on before the new tire starts fighting you. At that point, I use the squeeze clamp to hold the tire in place. Then I used the dowel as a lever to stretch the tire over the wheel. I’d make some progress, add a squeeze clamp, then repeat. It took me about an hour to do both wheels including removal of the old tires and cleaning of the wheels. It might make your life easier!

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#8 posted 10-21-2016 09:47 PM

you HAVE to get the key out then you will be able to turn the wheel which will help aid in getting it off by HAND …....DO NOT USE TOOLS OR CROWBAR please

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 10-22-2016 02:18 AM

I was able to get it off. It took a lot of penetrating oil, and sorry ‘Hunter, I had to use a wonder-bar to pry it off. I got behind it, and got it to pop off. Took a good bit of force to break the rust. However, before I got the wonder-bar I used a flat pry bar and tried to wiggle the wheel loose. It didn’t work and I ended up cracking the wheel in a few spots, nothing major, but definitely some hairline cracks. I’ve ordered a replacement, which ended up costing half of what I paid for the saw itself on craigslist!!!

Once the wheel was off, the tire install was a piece of cake using a few spring clamps like Nealius said.


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