Does anyone know what one should use to clean junk off band saw tires?
I have a Delta 14" band saw with orange rubber tires and they are full
of sort of sticky lumps that need to be cleaned
Bob, I think you meant to say "Denatured Alcohol" which is at any
hardware store or paint store. It is used for shellac.
though pricy, if you wanted pure Alcohol you could go to Kentucky(grin)
but also depending on where you are, liquor stores used to carry pints
of pure "grain alcohol" which is the same as denatured without the
denaturing agent which(traditionally) used to be methyl alcohol or
I use Simple Green. I spray it on a toothbrush, wipe the whole tire with
it, leave it for about 2 minutes, come back and wipe it off with a paper
towel. Works great at getting the hardened resins off from stuff like pine.
I also use it on my bearing edges (where the resin really builds up and
starts making loud noises as it gets tighter against the blade).
Also, if your bandsaw DOESN'T have a brush to keep the sawdust from
being caked onto the lower wheel tire, it is definitely worth looking
into adding one. Many of the fancier machines come with a brush, but
they are not really a hassle to retrofit to an existing machine
See Mark Duginske's BandSaw Book and he has information on this
Yep, as far as I know, ALL the MiniMax bandsaws have the brush as
standard equipment for the lower wheel/tire
Some folks replace the stock brush with something a bit stiffer for
better cleaning, in those cases I would suggest trying the stock brush
for a while, then decide if you want something a bit stiffer
A permanently fitted brush (a heat-bent toothbrush, screwed to the
frame). If you don't let it build up, it's easier to clean. When
you've finished for the day, especially on resinous softwoods, unplug
the DC hose and vacuum out the wheel boxes and around the guides.
If you have buildups to clean, almost any organic solvent will work,
applied with the ubiquitous toothbrush or kitchen roll. Acetone if
it's handy, isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) or whatever workshop
solvent you like to keep on hand for cleaning router cutters and table
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I used to clean mine by holding a toothbrush against the tire as the
saw ran. Then I installed a wheel-cleaning brush from Iturra Designs
and I haven't had to clean them again since.
Iturra doesn't have a web site. Call them at 888-722-7078 and ask for
a copy of their catalog, which is full of neat bandsaw accessories as
well as articles, advice and commentary.
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