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Mainiac Matt

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01-01-2013 08:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw tire tension

I’ve had a 14” Jet bandsaw for years. I recently put a 1/2” Timberwolf blade on, and went through the complete alignment procedure and cleaned the tires. Everything has been great since then and the saw has been cutting better than ever.

I don’t use the saw that much, so I releave the blade tension after I’m done using it. So, today I tensioned the belt and fired her up to makes some cuts for a project I’m doing for my youngest daughter.

Blang! Clang! Grind! Rub, rub, rub!

It threw and shredded the tire off the top wheel.

So I need a recommendation for where to get a good price on a replacement.

And I’m wondering what went wrong.

Should I have tensioned the blade while rotating? I’ve never done it that way b4.

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 08:40 PM

I always rotate while tensioning, its prefered.
I got the orange urethane ones from Rockler and like them alot. PITA to put on.
No idea that went wrong with yours… ^&*# happens

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 08:45 PM

trick i learned while replacing tires

use spring clamps to hold
any gained ground

or they will come lose there
as you work across from that area

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 09:02 PM

I am assuming the tires are rubber. I am not familiar with how the wheels are designed on the saw, is there a recess the tires fit into? You can get good replacements from Bobby at They will then most likely need to be crowned unless the crown is built into the wheel itself. The rubber ones will also need to be cemented on. Another option is to urethane. I bout a set of urethane tires from Carter, heated them in a pot of hot water to make them more pliable and slid them on an old Delta 14”. I have not had one problem with them.

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 12:27 AM

The Jet saw has what I believe to be rubber tires…

They are .96” wide and .135” thick, and sit in a groove that has the countour of the crown in it. And I don’t see any signs of glue underneath.

The rubber tires that came with the saw from the factory show no signs of dry rot and they served well for some 8+ years, so I’m inclined to order the Jet replacement wheel from for $15.

If anyone out there has replaced the tires on a 14” Jet, I’d sure like to hear about your experiences.


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#5 posted 01-02-2013 08:20 PM

You may want to urethane tires this time. Check with .
Here’s a blog on how to replace tires .

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 08:45 PM

Go genuine parts, mine works minimum
two hours a day for over 15yr But I never
take the tension off especially in cold weather
Great Topic

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#7 posted 01-02-2013 08:45 PM

It just happens things break. I bought a new set of urethane tires for my Rikon on Ebay. It works like new again.. Now only if i worked like new again..

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