Band saw tires gone wrong? If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you’ve once had to buy fresh tires with a frown on your face.

We’ll leave you to recall that upsetting experience on your own, but if you want to guarantee it doesn’t happen again, then this guide we will show how to measure these band saw tires.

Step by Step Guide: How To Measure Band Saw Tires

Measuring band saw tires isn’t as hard as you think. It only requires two very critical steps, each of which could immediately decide your fate. 

Before we begin, here’s a friendly reminder to recheck your measurements and make sure they are precise!

Step 1: Measure the Wheel Diameter

Use a scale to measure your wheel’s diameter

Simply begin from one end of the wheelbase and stretch it to the other. Make sure you’re measuring in inches too. This way, you won’t have a hard time with the second step.

bandsaw wheel

Step 2: Subtract 2 Inches

Once you have your wheelbase’s diameter, subtract 2 inches. This is your band saw wheel’s size. For example, if your wheelbase was 20 inches, then your tire is 18 inches in diameter. 

As long as you got the wheelbase correctly and you can do basic arithmetic, you’ll be fine!

Step by Step Guide: How to Remove Band Saw Tires

If you were looking for a way to measure your band saw tire, then I’m assuming you’re on the track of replacing them.

That said, please allow us to guide you through the process of removing and installing band tires, too!

Step 1: Get a Flathead Screwdriver

A flathead screwdriver will allow you to release the seal and remove residue left on the wheel’s surface. Also, you only need one tool. Don’t bother looking for a complete toolbox.

flathead screwdrivers

Step 2: Place the Screwdriver Between the Tire and the Wheel

Once you’ve placed the screwdriver between the tire and the wheel, start rotating the screwdriver. 

This should loosen up the seal and traction between the parts. When that’s secure, tilt the head of the screwdriver towards you, removing a portion of the old tire.

The moment a substantial part of the tire has been freed, you can just pull it out with your hands.

Step 3: Remove the Residue

You want to ensure there won’t be any residue left on the wheel surface. This way, your new tire will fit in correctly and you can avoid complications during the bandsaw operation. 

You can clean up the residue with your screwdriver and some isopropyl alcohol. 

Step by Step Guide: How to Install a Rubber Tire

Once you’ve removed the old tire, it’s time for you to install the new one. You could choose between rubber or urethane tires; for this guide, we’ll only discuss the former.

Step 1: Prepare the Materials

For a smooth installation, it’s always best to have all your equipment available during your setup. You’re going to need some c clamps, a flathead screwdriver, a rubber adhesive, and a small pipe.

Once you’ve had all of these on your hands, you’re ready to begin!

c clamp

Step 2: Place the Rubber Tire

Put the rubber tire in place. Assuming you got the correct measurements, it should fit correctly with the wheelbase!

Step 3: Set the Clamps

Set the clamps tightly on both sides of the wheel, one on each end. Remember to do this step carefully and with extra caution, too. That way, we prevent any unwanted accidents. 

Step 4: Adjust the Wheels

Once the clamps are on set, snugly fit the tire in the wheel. 

Step 5: Insert Small Pipe

Use your flathead screwdriver to put some space between the tire and the wheel. When a space has been provided, pry a corresponding tire section and insert a small pipe.

Then roll the small pipe around the wheel to reduce tire tension. 

Step 6: Adhesive

When the pipe has successfully been placed between the tires and wheels, apply some adhesive and finally set the rubber tire in place.

Conclusion

The wheels and the tires of a bandsaw are common parts which go unnoticed. But they’re crucial to having a well-working bandsaw. That said, it’s very important to make sure your tires are of the right size and are always in great condition. 

Frankly speaking, measuring the tires isn’t very difficult, but replacing them may take some practice. Don’t be shy of taking as many attempts as you need because no one gets this correctly at their first try.

While you’re at it, however, always remember that safety comes first. Therefore, always remember to be careful, even if this isn’t the most dangerous process there is.

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Robert