Band saw tire slippage
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My problem is my Makita 14″ band saw. It’s about 16 years old but has low mileage. Recently, the upper tire wants to walk to the rear of the top wheel. Everything seem in perfect alignment but it continues to creep! Anyone have any ideas? Did it perhaps have an adhesive when new which is worn away? Your help would be appreciated.
You could glue the existing tire down, but most likely the tire needs to be replaced. Replacements are readily available and it's a pretty easy job, though something of a finger/thumb workout.
"Did it perhaps have an adhesive when new that's worn away"... Charlie
I am not familiar with a Makita BS, but I can answer the question with "Most likely it did as must BS tires are glued on".
Take off the tire and clean the old adhesive that I feel you will find on the back. Re-apply new adhesive and re-seat it. Make sure to run a thin strip of flat wood or whatever underneath as you let it seat to avoid any ripple forming on the surface. Let it dry and get back to work!
It's telling you that it needs to be replaced. It's lost its elasticity. Do both the top and bottom. You can OEM tires from the manufacturer or buy urethane replacement tires from various woodworking sites on the web. If you got that many years out of it, you did well.
Don't glue it on unless the manufacturer tells you to.
Is the tire fatigued, loaded with cracks, slipping ? We get that way with age too! Suggest a new set of URETHANE tires. I've changed tires on Delta's and Jet's and none of them were glued on.
Work Safe, Count to 10 when your done for the day !!
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