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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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I recently purchased a Craftsman 12" Band saw used, Model 113.24350.

My friend and I have gone over it and adjusted all the guides and rollers etc according to a manual I downloaded from the internet.

It runs fine except that the top pulley tire comes off after just a few minutes, so I found the part number in the manual (Sears Part #41815) and purchased two new tires for the pulleys.

The problem is that the tires are only about 9" across and the old tires are about 13" across (in the Parts diagram the tire looks to be almost the same size as the pulley) and I have not been able to stretch the tires out to fit.

I am thinking that either I have the wrong part or am going about this incorrectly. There are no instructions on changing the tires on the pulleys that I have seen. Also, these tires are of a different material than the old tires and I don't know if they need to be stretched over the pulley or not. I am sure a little stretch would be required but don't think this looks right.

Additionally since I was going to replace both tires at the same time the tire that does not come off was glued to the pulley. It took me over an hour to get it off and clean the pulley. Should the new tires be glued in place also?

If someone who has replaced the tires on your band saw or at least knows of the procedure could please respond it would be greatly appreciated.

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Rubber tires? Soak them on a hot water in 10 minutes and stretch them onto the wheel. You need to glue the tires in place.
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That almost sounds like they sent you tires for a 10" instead of for a 12". You might want to check that before going too far. And, as a suggestion, since you are changing tires anyway you may want to consider urathane for a few dollars more than rubber. Not cheap, mind you, but in a quick search i saw $17-$20 per tire. Rubber for a 12" was looking like $20/pair (one example is Urethane Band Saw Tires I've never used them, but they had a decent write-up on each type of tire and the installation). On the other hand, no glue to do the urathane, just soak in hot water and put them on. I use a pair of small diameter phillips or torx screw drivers to help roll them onto the wheel.

The "expert" comments i've read suggest that keeping the rubber on is fine until you need to change, then make the switch to urathane. Theoretically easier on blades, but the selling point for me was not having to glue them on. Piece of cake to install and i'll never clean glue off the wheels again!!

Do a search for "Alex Snodgrass band saw clinic". Worth watching in my opinion.

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that almost sounds like they sent you tires for a 10" instead of for a 12". You might want to check that before going too far.

do a search for "alex snodgrass band saw clinic". Worth watching in my opinion.

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I kind of suspected they maybe gave me the wrong tires at Sears Hardware even though I gave them the part number from the sears owner's manual. I think I will take these back and get the urethane tires.
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My sears 12" band saw part # is 41815 but my model numbers are 113.24340 and 113.243410 i feel certain they sent you the wrong tire.
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Sounds like they did give you the wrong tires. They shouldn't be that much smaller. Definetly go with urethane. Soak them in very hot water and warm the wheels with a heat gun -wear rubber or leather gloves as they will be hot! Start by placing one spot and hold it in position with a clamp. Stretch as you go and keep placing clamps as you go. Work quickly as when it cools it's harder to stretch.
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I boiled my urethane tires from carter products. My 12" Craftsmen didn't need glue.
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I have the same bandsaw and replaced the tires last year. It was tight and I don't remember exactly how I got it on, but I almost destroyed it. I kind of remember someone telling me to soak it in hot water as well.

Oh I forgot to mention that it has been running fine ever since.
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Dale take a look at this video. I have basically the same saw. There is also a link to the Snodgrass video. Forget the setup described in the manual and use his method, it works. If you notice there is one of these old Craftsman saws in the background in the Snodgrass video.

Band Saw Tire Installation Jig - YouTube

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass - YouTube

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