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Q & A: Bandsaw Tire True-Up


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.