Replacing That Small Band Saw Tire Video


By Kim Hillegass, Sears PartsDirect

Two phrases I've heard repeatedly about replacement band saw tires are "this can't possibly be the right part" and "there's no way in the world it'll fit." A band saw tire is tight by design, and can be up to 15% to 20% smaller in diameter than the wheel it goes on. I've even heard it said that replacing a band saw tire is like stretching your lips around a bowling ball.

Installing a new tire can be extremely frustrating, especially if you've never had to replace one before. The tire must be stretched to fit around the wheel, which can be awkward with only two hands. Sometimes, just when you have the tire in place on one side and are working your way around, it snaps off and you are forced to start all over again. Below are a few ideas along with a couple of videos that I've found that may make the installation easier. While not all methods work for everyone, hopefully one of these or a combination of them might just help you.  

  • Warm the tire by soaking it in hot water, or use a hair dryer on a low heat setting. This makes the tire more pliable and easier to stretch. Install the tire as quickly as possible before the tire cools again.
  • Use a helper to hold the tire in place while working it around the wheel. Just as two heads are better than one in many situations, four hands are better than two in this case.
  • Use 1 or 2 C-clamps and some ¼-in thick blocks of wood. Place the tire over the top of the wheel and clamp in place, using the wood to cover the tire to avoid damaging it; if needed, do the same at the bottom of the wheel. Work the tire into place around each side; you may need to use a 4-in dowel, about 3/8-in thick, between the tire and the wheel to add leverage for working the tire around. Once the tire is in place, remove the clamps. This great video from Mark Hammond demonstrates this idea while providing a humorous look at band saw tire replacement.

Installing band saw tire using a clamp.

  • Take the wheel off the band saw. Place the tire between the wheel and the floor, place your foot on top of the wheel through the spoke to hold the wheel down, and stretch the tire up and around the sides of the wheel. This video from Grizzly Industrial shows how to do this, and also offers a couple of other helpful installation tips.

Band saw tire replacement tips.

Blade tracking and cut performance is affected by the condition of the tire. A worn, loose or damaged band saw tire causes excessive vibration or skipping in the blade. Inspect your tires regularly and replace at the first sign of wear or damage. Remember to always order replacement tires using your saw's model number, as different manufacturers use different designs in the wheel and tire. While it may require some hard work and possibly a few well-chosen expletives, the performance of your band saw is well worth the effort. 

For more band saw troubleshooting tips and repair guides, check out our DIY Band Saw Repair section.


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