I need 3 new bandsaw tyres for an old machine - it has no tyres on,
which is stopping the blade from sitting flat. I've seen the prices
online, and am sure I can do something for a small fraction of that,
and get it much quicker that via the post.
Any suggestions? I thought of vac cleaner belts, but not the cheapest
option. Where would I get a roll of rubber strip? And what could I
glue it on with? (Prefer water based to solvent)
The only other option is to grind down the edges of the wheels so the
sawblade teeth hang over the edges, thus it can sit flat again. I dont
know how good an idea this is. The wheels are plastic, and about 6"
Well I know getting a car inner tube small enough to fit may be a problem
but if you cut a circle out of it in a radial direction its going to be
about 6" in diameter.
Its not like cutting around the circumference and getting one 24" in
Sounds like you know how to a bandsaw.
Have you read Mark Duginske's Bandsaw Handbook. This was recommended to me
following a post on this ng some while ago. Cost the magnificent sum of two
quid iirc from Amazon.
A real eye opener. Definitely highly recommended.
I had a problem with a somewhat larger two wheel band saw. After reading
this book and some minor modifications/rectifications it now now runs
I spoke with a well known provider of band saw blades (who has great
experience of bandsaws) about new tyres. He couldn't help on this but
ventured that cork strip had been used successfully in his experience. This
by fb from his clients.
However, where have the three original tyres on your machine gone? To me
this would indicate a problem within the machine. It might be preferable to
fix any problem before administering a cure.
Adhesive: dunno, I might try evostik (the old fashioned variety) which would
work. This def not water based.
The blade teeth are not meant to hang over the edge of the wheels.
BAH, I must read OP's more thoroughly.
I retract the first line of this, my, reply.
If the wheels are six inch dia. and plastic I think it very unlikely that
the wheels were ever fitted with any tyres.
Generally the wheels (and tyres if fitted) are either flat or have a very
slight camber. This allows a well adjusted machine to run the blade to the
centre of the wheels.
There are, as with other things, too many variables.
So to bed.
I gather there are 3 types of tyres in use: rubberised cork, rubber,
The only problem I'm finding is that the blade wont sit flat on the
wheels. The wheel design makes this inevitable, and the blade
alignment's a fair way out because of it. There's no way to tweak it
to make it work ok as is, it needs either tyres or filing.
I realised if I use stretched rubber it shouldnt need adhesive.
no. it would fix the alignment problem though.
There are rollers on the back of the blade as usual, but nothing on
the teeth side to stop it falling off, so the wheels need some camber.
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