This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
Date: 28 Nov 90 14:13:46 GMT
Due to the large response, I will post this for everyone...
Band Saw Tires are available from:
Pennsylvania Saw (also know as York Saw) phone: 1-800-233-9381
The carry natural rubber tires from 10" to 42"
They also have the 3M adhesive to glue them on the wheels.
The sales person I talked to was Paula, and she was quite knowledgeable
about flat and crowned tires, and what machines used which style of tire.
I purchased a set of 12" tires from them, and am VERY pleased with the product.
(The tires are round to within 0.005" - thickness of tire varies less than the
thickness of a sheet of paper when rotating!!!)
Notes on applying the adhesive to the tire: The 3M adhesive is basically a
very volatile contact cement that you apply to both the tire and wheel and
let dry before putting the tire on. As you may guess, this could be very
tricky to put on and get right the first time. What I did to solve the
problem was to put the tire on with no adhesive and got the alignment correct.
I then used about a 1/2" to 3/4" wood dowel rod inserted between the tire and
the wheel. I then took a pipe cleaner (folded in half) and would smear the
adhesive on both the tire and wheel that was exposed by the inserted dowel rod
(only to 1 side of the dowel rod, since you will be rolling it around the tire).
After coating the approximately 1" of exposed surfaces (both tire and wheel),
I would roll the dowel rod away from the coated surfaces and press them
together (the glue was already dry by the time I was finished smearing it
thinly on the surfaces). You work your way around the wheel until you return
to where you started. I did both of my tires this way and had excellent
results. Hope this helps.