While changing the blade on my bandsaw I noticed a lot of saw dust stuck
(pressed)to the rubber on the wheels. Before I install the new blade I
want to clean them. As I don't want to damage them, what should I use?
Anything vaguely like that. They're quite robust.
The best way though to to scrub them with a brush whilst in use. Take a
toothbrush, hot bend the handle to fit and screw it near to the bottom
wheel so that it lightly scrubs the top of the tyre. Buying a new
toothbrush with a soft plastic handle makes for easier screwing than
using a hard-plastic handle, even if theres one in the bathroom.
Since the tires are flexible, and the crud deposits generally are not, you
can remove a lot by rotating against even a smooth screwdriver handle
pressed firmly into the tire. Worse stuff you can scrape. I use scraps of
wood to do that. Seem to always have a few about the bandsaw.
It's not from "better bandsaws and gimmicks" but it works at what it does.
Friend of mine uses WD40 to lube the blade on his when sawing sticky stuff,
and it seems to help reject the deposit of same on the tires.
Unless it has sap or pitch on it, I just use a tooth brush and "awesome" all
Most of the time, I just use a bit of water on the brush and things come right
OTOH, if you practice a lot of blade abuse and the over heated blade is baking
crap onto the tires, then you're in for a cleanup job.. DAMHIKT
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