Winginsue wrote:Hi All,
So I got a used bandsaw with no manual. Alas, first time I tried to use it one tire disintegrated completely so I've ordered new tires (I thought they were belts) a new blade and new blocks. My problem? I have no manual. Any assistance would be great.
Sounds like you will be replacing your bandsaw tires. I finally got around to replacing my tires with the urethane ones from Shopsmith recently. I had the replacement sitting there for awhile, but just never got around to it. Anyway, I followed some of the advice from several years ago that I found on the forum here. If I can find the link again, I will post it. Just know that removing the old tire, particularly if the bandsaw has some age on it, is a real pain in the butt. Mine were old and dry rotted and would only come off in pieces bit by bit. I used a screw driver to pry it off section by section. Be careful if you do the same. I also used one of those thick blade paint/putty knives to be handy to kind of start the tire lifting (breaking the glue free), then using the flat blade screwdriver to lift a section of tire. Once this was done around the entire wheel, I used a razor blade to remove some small bits of tire that were still attached. The final round was using a wire wheel to remove the last little bits of tire and glue from the wheel. Acetone should also work for this, but I didn't have any on hand. However you accomplish all of this, you want to get everything removed down to bare metal for attaching the new tires. I believe all the new urethane tires are friction fit, i.e. no glue holding them on, but I can't speak for the rubber replacement tires. If your old tires are anything like mine, expect a few hours to do all of this. Don't rush it and be careful...never safe doing the techniques I describe above. I was fortunate and never had the screwdriver or razor blade slip on me, but also kept them aimed away from my body. Sorry if I sound like a disclaimer at the bottom of a car commercial or something...just had too many accidents of my own in the past so I am trying to urge caution for the techniques that I share for this process.https://shopsmith.com/ss_forum/maintenance-and-repair-f10/removing-old-bandsaw-tires-t4486.htmlhttps://www.shopsmith.com/ss_forum/viewtopic.php?t=52