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Would like to try to upgrade my star 14 inch woodworking band saw..It has given me many years of acceptable use, but now has alignment problems, wheel tires, bearings and I heard a mention of a conversion kit and zero clearance inserts and carter guides...Need to get back to being able to rough cutting tapered laminations (.0150/.02 taper per running inch...35 inches long...
 

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Red,

There are a ton of different replacement tire sellers, from Carter themselves to Amazon.com. The bearings can come from pretty much anywhere, as long as you can read the bearing number on the ones you have.

Best of all, there are a hundred YouTube videos on how to change the tires.
 

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Be sure to first view the YouTube video by Alex Snodgrass on aligning your band saw.

 

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I had my wheels redone by a company that sold industrial belting in Edmonton, Red. They lagged on some belting and the wheels ran truer with them than with the original tires and probably around the same price if I could have found replacements.

What are you cutting the bow laminations out of? And welcome to the forum by the way from another traditional archer and hunter.
 

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I'm with CC- what wood and your source? Would like to try this as a winter project. I have six grandchildren from two to twelve. Would make nice gifts next year. What about aluminum arrows? I think that Easton has a chart for matching bows and arrows. Thanks for taking time to answer our inquiries.
 

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I really don't understand this. Why bother to get new wheels, bearings, etc., when a new bandsaw is a far more practical solution, and probably just about the same price?
Joe if I could have found a new 18" bandsaw for less than the price I paid for 2 tires (Uretnane $22.50 from Grizzly free shipping next day delivery) and 6 sheilded bearings ($2.75 each from Amazon free shipping, took 1 month) I certainly would have bought it.
 

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What specific problems are you seeing with the saw? Bearing problems will be pretty obvious. New tires won't hurt but if the current ones aren't falling apart, probably won't improve things much. Everything I've read says tires are the last thing to upgrade. Maybe all you need is a decent tuneup. A BS running with wrong tension will do all sorts of wonky things. And, if your guides and thrust bearings aren't right you won't get decent results. The alex snodgrass video is a great place to start. My gut instinct says less than an hour of tinkering will improve your saw a huge amount.
 

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I'm with CC- what wood and your source? Would like to try this as a winter project. I have six grandchildren from two to twelve. Would make nice gifts next year. What about aluminum arrows? I think that Easton has a chart for matching bows and arrows. Thanks for taking time to answer our inquiries.
I don't mean to hijack this thread but here is some info to that question. Check this out: Bingham Projects, Inc. – Traditional Archery and Custom Bow Building Supply Aluminum shoots fine, so does carbon, but a traditional purist will shoot wooden arrows and in the long run they are cheaper once you are set up to make them, which is also fun. The arrows have to have the right spine (stiffness) for the weight of the bow. This has to do with archer's paradox.
Here is a place for equipment. Products in Bow Kits, Bows, Bows on 3Rivers Archery I went to this specific page because it explains draw weight and bow length.

If you or anyone else wants to discuss it more then PM me or we can start a separate thread.
 
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