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    Band Saw Tire Material

    I've started taking apart and cleaning/refurbishing my old Rockwell/Delta 14" Band Saw - man was it dirty! My question is does anyone have opinions (yeah, right) one way or the other concerning rubber tires vs. the new urethane tires. The old rubber ones I pulled off were well worn and cracked, but I never experienced any issues with them.

    I found out this saw dates to 1954 - so older than most but not as old as some. I bought it a few years ago from an old family friend whose wife said she wanted more room in their garage. I just had to heft the beast into the back of the truck and haul it back from IN. My overhauls tend to lean more towards function rather than decor. I don't mind the fading paint and discolorations as long as it runs and cuts like a champ.

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    Re: Band Saw Tire Material

    The new urethane tires will last longer I feel easier to put on, since there is no glue involved. So there is my opinion

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    Re: Band Saw Tire Material

    I'm a fan of the urethane tires. I've had a set on one saw for almost 20 years now. I have a set to put on other saw when I bring it on line. Sulphur Grove Trading is one source, along with McFeely's. Be aware that the blue Carter ones are sold by the tire, not as a set. They are also narrower than the wheel, but this doesn't make any difference as you track the blade in the center of the wheel.

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    Re: Band Saw Tire Material

    Quote Originally Posted by junquecol View Post
    Be aware that the blue Carter ones are sold by the tire, not as a set.
    I made that mistake in the past. Returning it made a good excuse for another "quick" trip to woodcraft to oogle the various wants.

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    Re: Band Saw Tire Material

    In my experience, urethane tires stay flexible longer. Installment is easier since no glue is needed. It may cost a little extra than the rubber tires, but I feel that it is well worth the extra cost. However, there are many suppliers which offer discounts. I purchased mine from bandsawparts.com. They offer great discounts for aftermarket band saw replacement parts.

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    Re: Band Saw Tire Material

    Two people have said urethane tires are easier installation. I replaced mine with urethane tires and I thought installation was a real b**ch! There was a lot of grunting and swearing, and a few banged knuckles, for me to get them on my saw If that's easier than rubber tires, I don't even want to think about those.
    Turning beautiful wood into scraps...one board at a time.

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    Re: Band Saw Tire Material

    Quote Originally Posted by merrill77 View Post
    Two people have said urethane tires are easier installation. I replaced mine with urethane tires and I thought installation was a real b**ch! There was a lot of grunting and swearing, and a few banged knuckles, for me to get them on my saw If that's easier than rubber tires, I don't even want to think about those.
    Heat was the key in getting my urethane tires on - one went on easy, the second cooled slightly and I had to reheat, then it went on as the first did.

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