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Forum topic by cbc posted 03-03-2013 08:21 AM 812 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2013 08:21 AM

Hello, I’m new to this forum and looking for some HELP! I’ve just purchased a mid ‘90”s PM 141 bandsaw in fairly good condition. I want to set this saw up accurately so I’ve been reading what I can on the web and in print. I have not been able to find out if I should use crowned tires on this saw? (the wheel rims are flat and have no recess) and if so can the newer urathane tires be crowned? I’m planning on using a 1/4” blade most of the time but will be using 1/8” & 1/2” infrequently. I’ve also read a little about coplanar set ups. If crowning tires “pulls” the blade toward the crown, what happens when you have to tilt the top wheel. The upper and lower wheel crowns will no longer be in line. Won’t they now be trying to fight each other? Any help would be appreciated. Also, any recommended sources for tires and blades would be helpful. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 12:08 PM

The new urethane tires are not think enough to crown. But, if I recall they come pre-crowned. I would take a look at a few to make sure. If you are not set on going urethane go back to rubber and crown them.

Bobby at can help you out.

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#2 posted 03-03-2013 12:56 PM

Urethane tires are self crowning and easy to install with wheels off the bandsaw. You will spend more time taking wheels off band saw cleaning off old residue and remounting with new tires than installing new urethane tires on wheels.
Only advice on buying is shop for best price including shipping if not in store purchase. Make sure buying a set of (2) tires not single tire. Follow instructions that come with urethane tires and soak in warm water before installing. Tires will look flat when first installed crown will form in 10 to 20 minutes.

Plenty of band saw set up & tune up instructions and videos online. If do not have owners manual “The Bandsaw Handbook,” nice to have. You can also find lots of info online about urethane tires & installing.

-- Bill

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