Am trying to get an older Sears bandsaw back in operation. The wheels were
quite out of plane; have now set them to be nicely parallel.
When rotate the wheels by hand, everything seems to be OK. When power it on,
the blade seems to stay pretty well centered on the wheels, but the tire on
the top wheel quickly walks toward the back of the wheel.
I'm sure gluing the old tire would keep it from moving, but I think
you would be better off replacing the old rubber tires with urethane.
My 12" Craftsman bandsaw had rubber tires that hardened and dried out
every 5-6 years, causing the blade to slip on even moderate cuts. The
urethane has not had that problem, and fits tightly enough to the
wheel that glue is not needed. I think mine were less than $30 pair
from Ebay. Read the descriptions carefully, some vendors charge that
much for each tire.
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