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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2016, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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My bandsaw started tossing the upper tire and, yesterday, tossed the bottom one. After six or seven years, I guess it was time to replace them. I ordered a set off Amazon and was both looking forward to replacing them and dreading it. I'd read several posts about the complication of installing them. One person even talked about three people installing his.

Just for reference, my bandsaw is a Powermatic PWBS 14CS (14 in) and the tires in the link, below, fit perfectly. The set I bought cost $29.99, were sold by Peachtree, and can be seen at:


After pulling the plug and removing the blade, pulling the old tires was a whizz, since they were tossing during operations. I didn't have to use tools. There was no glue, so there was nothing to clean.

Per directions, I stretched the tires. Rather than the recommended way of using something with no sharp edges, to hold the tire, and pull them, I just stepped on them and pulled.

I used two vice grips and thin block of wood to hold the tires in place at about one hundred eighty degrees apart. The wood allowed the grips to hold the tires without damaging them and the tires stayed in place at those positions.

After the tires were secured, I merely pulled the tires down and worked around the wheel, which went far more easy than expected. That said, the tires did fit very tightly.

Once in place, I used the end of an eight inch dowel to push the edges of each tire, until it dropped into to the groove. Again, the tires fit very well, both for width and length.

I put the blade back on, fired the unit up and all was well in Denmark, again.

All told, the whole process took a half hour or less. So, if you've been avoiding replacing your tires thinking it'll be a tuff go, go for it.
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we like painless........
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I just sold my Rikon 14 inch bandsaw. I am looking for a replacement with a lower table which matches my table saw height and outfeed table. I guess I won't let bad tires bother me on my new purchase.
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They aren't all this easy. If you buy urethane tires, put them in very hot water for 5 minutes or so, then stretch them on. The heat softened urethane tire compounds will stretch much easier, and will tighten up after they cool. Kelly's method of installation is
a good one, but it is possible to use a similar method without taking the wheel off of the saw. It's just not as easy. I used a few spreading clamps.


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It's quite difficult to take pictures when doing this. With only two hands, you are wishing that you had 3 or 4 more. Finding a spare hand to hold the camera and take pictures becomes a very low priority. I almost always work alone. Maybe Kelly had a spare hand when he did his tires, but I didn't.


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I cheated when I did mine.. had my son help. MUCH easier with 2 people.


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