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So, some of you might remember that about 9 years ago I purchased a used Mastercraft 9" bandsaw. Well, yesterday it blew a tire. Checking with the retailer here produced the expected results. "Oh, we're sorry. That saw was discontinued 6 years ago and we no longer carry any parts for it." Disappointing, but not surprising.

I found these: Mastercraft 9" Bandsaw tires that I think will fit, but will have to do some more checking.

The question I have is, $44.00Cdn for these tires, $135 on sale for a brand new one($200 regular), or should I start looking for a better quality used one? This one is like new.... still has the original blade on it so that tells you how little use it's seen. It's cut anything I've wanted, but it is very underpowered.

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Brian,
That is a hard question to answer,do you not use it often because it under powered or doesn't do good job, there are usually a lot of used bandsaw for sale online ( remember after you put all that money into it, still a older machine that you can not get parts for)
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A good second hand 14" band-saw will enable you to do so much more Brian, like re-sawing FREE wood!

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Brian I have to agree that bigger is better but I had the same problem with tires that you are and the dealer that sold it to me sent to an industrial belting company and they made a set of tires for me and bonded them to the wheels. They worked way better than the originals and weren't much more expensive.

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Hi Guys ,you's have got me again with jargon. What is a bandsaw tire ? Ihas it got to do with the blade tensioner???
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Perhaps this will help Pete.

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The tires on a bandsaw will eat your lunch. I had a 10 inch delta I got for a great price from a friend. Problem was it needed tires. Old age got them they were weather checked and starting to separate. The tires were more than the saw was worth.

I remember reading that someone used black electrical tape to replace the tires. Not sure how well that would work.

On my home made saw I have 14 inch kids bicycle inner tubes split and stretched over the 16 inch wheels. They work great so far but the tubes are about US$ 7 as I recall. It they had been that much when I was a kid I would have had to run on the rims. But I don't think 14 inch tires were around back then.
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Buy new tires then sell your 9 inch and buy a new 14" band saw .
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I have an old "Easycut" band saw that needed new tires that are no longer made.
I went to a vehicle tire fitter and got an old truck inner tube, cut a cross section and stretched it on. Fitted great and with some contact adhesive it has been working for 6 months and I have a whole tube to cut more as needed.
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Hi Brian,

I have the same saw and also a 14''. I used my Air Miles to buy the 14'' from Rona and it's great. The Mastercraft has served me well and I don't have any issues(yet) with the tires. I was going to sell the 9" but I know I wouldn't get much for it. Now I keep a narrow blade on it to cut tight radii. The reason I got the 14" is because of the limitations for the thickness of the 9" saw.
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