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I just got a Ryobi 9" Bandsaw model BS901 from a yard sale. I need to replace the tires, drive belt, and blade. The tires are no longer available from Ryobi. I searched the Internet and on some sites the part(s) are Unavailable. Some sites have them but I'm not sure of their reliability. Can anybody recommend some reliable sources. Thank You.
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Try this for tires: https://www.amazon.com/Ryobi-BS902-B...SIN=B00U5U023U

Or this: https://www.ereplacementparts.com/ry...7949_7951.html

A new one is just $140: https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-2-...904G/205503634

Or step up for double that for a Rikon 10 inch saw that's much more robust, about double the Ryobi. Rikon 10-306 10″ Deluxe Bandsaw https://www.amazon.com/Rikon-10-306-.../dp/B07GK32TGV

I gave my 9 inch toy away. The Rikon is used constantly in my shop and will even handle light resaw duty with a good half inch blade. And if you want to use a 1/8 th blade for tight curves, you can get the carter guide. It comes with roller bearing guides, top notch machine, definitely not a toy.

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Try this for tires: https://www.amazon.com/Ryobi-BS902-B...SIN=B00U5U023U

Or this: https://www.ereplacementparts.com/ry...7949_7951.html

A new one is just $140: https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-2-...904G/205503634

Or step up for double that for a Rikon 10 inch saw that's much more robust, about double the Ryobi. Rikon 10-306 10″ Deluxe Bandsaw https://www.amazon.com/Rikon-10-306-.../dp/B07GK32TGV

I gave my 9 inch toy away. The Rikon is used constantly in my shop and will even handle light resaw duty with a good half inch blade. And if you want to use a 1/8 th blade for tight curves, you can get the carter guide. It comes with roller bearing guides, top notch machine, definitely not a toy.
I had a feeling that this was not worth investing any $ in. You're kind of confirming that. Thank You. I was never sure whether or not I really needed a bandsaw as I have gotten along without one for years. Based on the prices I have seen for the tires I'm thinking it's not worth putting any more $ into this toy.
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9" seems to be an odd size. One more inch isn't uncommon it seems. But I did find these on Amazon. They may be better than the originals. https://www.amazon.com/URETHANE-BAND...gateway&sr=8-6
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9" seems to be an odd size. One more inch isn't uncommon it seems. But I did find these on Amazon. They may be better than the originals. https://www.amazon.com/URETHANE-BAND...gateway&sr=8-6
They will fit!!!! Thank YOU!!!!
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Jim, I have gotten to really enjoy using band saws. I often use one for little things, like taking a notch out of a sheet of ply, or cutting circles, or other odd shapes. Trick is to get the tracking right, which is related to tires and where the blade rides on them. Have fun with that saw.

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Just a quick addition: The blade makes all the difference. Pop for a good blade, probably less than $15 for that small saw. I think most of them are around 53 inch blades but check to make sure. You're not going to be able to do any resawing, so a quarter inch blade is probably a good one to start with. A half inch blade, properly monted on those new tires, will help make straighter cuts. Short blades like that don't stay sharp for very long. Hope you have some fun with it.

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Just a quick addition: The blade makes all the difference. Pop for a good blade, probably less than $15 for that small saw. I think most of them are around 53 inch blades but check to make sure. You're not going to be able to do any resawing, so a quarter inch blade is probably a good one to start with. A half inch blade, properly monted on those new tires, will help make straighter cuts. Short blades like that don't stay sharp for very long. Hope you have some fun with it.
Thank You. Manual blade length spec is 59 1/2 inches.

Another question. Most other 9 inch saws have a 2.5 Amp motor. The motor on this saw is 2.3 Amps. Significant?
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Thank You. Manual blade length spec is 59 1/2 inches.

Another question. Most other 9 inch saws have a 2.5 Amp motor. The motor on this saw is 2.3 Amps. Significant?
Not really much difference in power. You're not going to be able to use this on thick, dense hardwod without cutting VERY slow. That's not much power to start with. It's why I call this class of saw a toy. You can have fun with toys.

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Just a quick addition: The blade makes all the difference. Pop for a good blade, probably less than $15 for that small saw. I think most of them are around 53 inch blades but check to make sure. You're not going to be able to do any resawing, so a quarter inch blade is probably a good one to start with. A half inch blade, properly monted on those new tires, will help make straighter cuts. Short blades like that don't stay sharp for very long. Hope you have some fun with it.
Can you recommend good blade manufacturers? I've used a lot of Bosch blades (jig saw, oscillating multi tool, angle grinder) but the Bosch Band Saw blades don't seem to get good reviews. Thank You.
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