227 – How to Install Urethane Bandsaw Tires

227 – How to Install Urethane Bandsaw Tires

– [Voiceover] The Wood
Whisperer is sponsored by Powermatic and Clear Vue Cyclones. – On today’s show we’re
going to replace the tires on my bandsaw with these
nice new urethane tires. Upgrade! (funk music) A couple weeks ago I was making a cut at this bandsaw and
noticed that the blades started to wander, just felt off. So of course I turn the machine off, open up the cover and I took a look and noticed that the tire
was coming off of the wheel. Now I guess it must
have stretched over time so that it was loose
and had that continued the blade would have
fallen right off the wheel and it could have been
really really bad news. Fortunately I got to it in time. A replacement was in order. Now when you replace your bandsaw tires you don’t necessarily have to go for the standard black rubber
ones, you can actually get these upgraded urethane tires. And everyone I talk to who has
these absolutely loves them. They say it runs quieter,
runs a little bit smoother, they last longer, doesn’t
require any sort of adhesive to hold the tire onto the wheel. So I figured what the
heck let’s go for it. Took everything apart,
installed it and so far so good. Let me show you how the
install process went. I start by removing both wheels from the bandsaw. You can probably do this
with the wheels in place but it might make things
needlessly difficult. The bottom wheel has a
reverse threaded bolt as well as a key that you
really don’t want to lose. Remove the old tires and clean the wheels of any dust or debris. I picked up these tires on
Amazon for about 26 bucks. They’re one inch wide
by 14 inches in diameter and it’s made for a 14 inch bandsaw. The tires are a little
tight to simply stretch onto the wheel, so I
soaked them in hot water for about five minutes, a
trick I read about online. While the tires were cooking
I made a nice blunt tool from a dowel that should
help me get the tire onto the wheel without
doing damage to either. With the tire warmed up, I put
the bottom half on the wheel and held it in place
with some spring clamps. I then hold the tire to the
workbench with a holdfast and a piece of scrap. Now I use my handy blunt
tool, working my way around to the other side of the wheel, pushing the tire down and
onto the tire channel. While the tire fits perfectly
on most of the wheel, there are a few areas
where it’s a bit too tight. I simply trim the tire down
with a new razor blade. The tire should sit
snug all the way around with no dead space between
the tire and the wheel. The wheels go back on the saw
the same way they came off. Of course remember to
install that little key properly in the bottom wheel. Now I can reinstall my blade, recalibrate and it’s time for a test run. And it cuts through this
hard maple like butter. Now after using the bandsaw for a few days I can say that it sounds
a little bit quieter and it runs a little bit smoother. It’s not a dramatic leap
from what I had before but it is a little bit better. So if it costs a few extra
bucks to get the urethane tires personally, I’d recommend them. It wasn’t that bad to
install, using the hot water really helped to stretch things out. A little bit of a learning curve there but certainly something you can
do within 15 or 20 minutes and have these new tires ready to roll. If you get a chance upgrade
to some urethane tires.

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  1. A great tutorial Marc for future reference, when my tires need changing, which they surely will, this will be my guide.

  2. Great advice and helpful tips and tricks, now all I need to do is get my hands on a band saw… soon, soon enough… 🙂 Thanks for the upload!

  3. I think my little old bandsaw needs a tire replacement and quite a bit of tlc too. Not sure i can get tge upgrade on the machine i have. Still, its good to see how its done. Thanks

  4. Great up grade Mark, I have heard a lot of positives about this you'll have to do a follow up after a little use.

  5. Hey mark, I just found a decent 14" bandsaw on craigslist, but the wheels are co-planar. I think that's what you call it, they aren't directly above and below each other basically. I think the bottom needs to be shimmed, what should I use to shim it?

  6. Thanks for bringing this up Marc. I checked out my 14 and yikes, a bit ripped up. So I have a pair ordered. Thanks.

  7. On my inherited bandsaw, it was missing the tire completely (!) from the top wheel and the tire on the bottom was dry rotted and falling apart. I got a pair of the blue urethane tires online, and was able to install them with the wheels still on the saw. Heating up the urethane, spring clamps, and a "helper" tool really speed the process up. What a difference new tires make!!

  8. I wish you could have done this video a a few months earlier.  I managed to get mine changed but taking the wheels off the saw was an excellent idea.  Its a good thing no one was around when I changed mine out.  There were a few choice words involved.

  9. My blade came of on Wednesday night. Made me jump a bit. You couldn't have posted this at a better time. It's already apart but I ran out of time and am away for the weekend. I know what I'm doing when I get home. Big big thank you.

  10. I wish I seen this before doing mine… clamping the wheel down looks like it made the job much much easier!

    General 490 Bandsaw Setup & 1st Run & Urethane Tire Install

  11. Have bought such from America when a tyre broke on my bandsaw this summer. Havent got them yet though. Probably stuck in custom and only place I found them was from American stores.

  12. I do question the heating of the wheel though. The heating may cause it to anneal at the new diameter. Being that it is plastic and not rubber this can happen.  It makes it easier to put on, but there is a reason why they are made to the diameter that they are made.  

  13. My band saw blade is worn out.  Do you have any recommendations ???/  I usually use my band saw to saw bowl blanks.  Thanks, John 

  14. Saludos son muy útiles y practicas las enseñanzas me da mas seguridad en mi trabajo gracias sigan adelante con las ideas geniales felicitaciones

  15. Thanks. I was able to install my new tires after heating them up in water. Thanks for providing this video. My bandsaw and I thank you. 

  16. good informative video marc, I never thought of urethane tyres. or how to install them, good tip using hot water to soften them. thanks for posting the video.
    Regards Shayne……

  17. Good day Mark and thanks for the video.
    Quick question – what make and model of band saw are you using?
    Are you happy with it.
    Thanks  Rod

  18. Do you think the denatured alcohol will take off old adhesive? I'm refurbing a neglected band saw and the top wheel had a ton of glue and the bottoms had none.

  19. Thank you so much for giving me the excellent idea of removing the wheels and doing the tire installation on my work bench. It made a frustrating experience into a controllable one. Done! I soaked the new tires in a bath of near boiling water for ten minutes, quickly dried them and stretched them on with the aide of two holdfasts, four quick clamps, two screwdrivers and only a few mild curses.

  20. Excellent tutorial, I chose to replace mine without taking off the wheels. It worked really well. With it still on the shaft the wheel stayed in place and allowed for me to rotate in order to assist with putting the tire on. Once again thanks so much for the information, well done.

  21. Here is how to install tires – by NOT doing it. Let me save you a lot of money and time. We run a commercial cabinet shop with several bandsaws. Tired of the issues with poor tires, we experimented with several wraps of high quality hi-temp duct tape and Scotch 3M #33 electrical tape. Perfect results for little money and many years of service on each wheel. Either one works, I prefer the Vinyl #33 tape, it is amazing for electrical uses even submerged in water as with submersible pumps. As a bandsaw tire, it is bombproof. Try it and love it.

  22. I just bought an older "14" inch band saw. cant figure out the manufacturer though. Wheels measure 13 and 3/4 across though? Do I need a specially sized tire? Anyone have any tricks for figuring out the manufacture?

  23. OK, I was watching this because surprise, my 18-inch Jet bandsaw tires were shot. Couple of useful tips in hindsight: I used my wife's dehydrator to heat the tires (she would kill me). Set it on 131 degrees F and just sat back for 10 minutes until they heated. I used gloves to handle them, but they were not very hot. It took 3 tries to get the first one on, but I was able (barely) to get the tires on by hand with no tools. It was not easy, like mini-stroke veins sticking out tough, but they went on. Pro tips: 1. Clamp the pulley down to the work bench. 2. Note that Jet has REVERSE THREADED PULLEY NUTS. A subtle point that about threw my back out until I looked harder. Good luck. Seems to run better now.

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