Q & A: Bandsaw Tire True-Up - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Q & A: Bandsaw Tire True-Up

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Bandsaw Tire True-Up


How can I fix a bandsaw tire with irregularities that
bump the blade? I’m getting a lot of side-to-side
movement with the blade.


Truing the hard rubber tire that goes around the rim
of each bandsaw wheel should solve your problem.
There are several ways to do this, but the one I like to use
comes from my turning background.

First, unplug your saw and remove the bandsaw blade.
Clamp a block of wood to the frame of the bandsaw, near
the tire’s outside edge and perpendicular to the wheel, to
serve as a tool rest. Spin the wheel to make sure it doesn’t
rub against your tool rest. Then have an assistant slowly turn
the bandsaw wheel by hand while you hold a sharp chisel on
the wooden tool rest. Shave the tire true, making a scraping
cut with the chisel. Remember that you want a slight crown
in the tire for best blade tracking. Watch your fingers so
they don’t get caught in the spinning wheel.

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