Uh, thinner tires would move the blade closer to the center of the bearing! Many bandsaws I have seen are set up that way. Don't know that there is an easy solution other than maybe a set of Carter bandsaw guides. Depending on what you gave for the saw the Carter guides may well exceed that price. May also be a ceramic guide available...that would reduce wear.
My Grizzly is setup the same way.. have changed bearings once in 18 years. YMMV.
I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.
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Last edited by Dmeadows; 02-09-2013 at 04:42 PM.