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Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires

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Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires

 

Q:

My bandsaw tires have a buildup of pitch and sawdust that seems to be embedded right into the rubber. What’s the best way to clean my tires?



A:

An excessive buildup of sawdust and pitch on your tires can lead to tracking problems, so it’s a good idea to clean them periodically.

Start by unplugging your machine.Then remove the blade and tilt the table out of the way.You’ll find the buildup to be much worse on your lower tire where sawdust tends to get trapped under the blade as it travels around the wheel.Use some 120-grit sandpaper or synthetic steel wool and a light touch to clean the wheel as you turn it by hand.




This story originally appeared in American Woodworker October 2001, issue #89.

October 2001, issue #89

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