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    Default Top wheel removal

    I have a vintage 20í Delta bandsaw. I need a tire and I have a spare top wheel that originally came with the machine. I donít know how problematic is to replace the top wheel. I tried to tap the shaft from the back with a bronze mullet but it did not move. Not knowing what I was doing I didnít go any further.
    If I could I would love to replace the wheel since it has the original tire but I donít want to damage anything.
    Is there a proper way to take this wheel off! I hate to dish out $150 or so for a new tire.
    I could use a word of wisdom on how to proceed.
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    Is there a particular reason why you are looking to remove the wheel, and not just swap the tire?

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    I would soak the shaft with Liquid Wrench and practice my waiting skills. Maybe with a few mallet tap hits every few hours. Might take a few days to loosen up.
    So what. Using brute force is not the answer. I can understand that you don't want to risk damaging the rubber tire if you tried to remove it from one wheel and
    fit it on another wheel.

    I cannot see a key-way in the pictures but you know that there is a bearing on each side of the wheel. You might have to apply some heat from a torch on the hub
    when the time is right to press the shaft. Just be patient and try the Liquid Wrench first. Wouldn't suggest this unless I tried it myself.

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    Sulfur Grove tool makes urethane tires to order and they don't cost 150, IF they are still there and haven't tripled their prices..

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    This is probably the grooved wheel so $150 for one tire does not seem unreasonable. I would think about filling the groove with epoxy and then truing it so you use a flat bottom tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCMau View Post
    I don’t know how problematic is to replace the top wheel.
    Replacing the top wheel or the top wheel with shaft (from pic 1 & 2)?

    It appears that the shaft nut should be removed and the wheel/shaft should pop off. Wouldn't that be nice.
    It the shaft is pressed into a sealed bearing underneath the nut. So there is probably another bearing farther down the shaft next to the wheel.
    A few taps with a mallet will not work and risk damage.

    I would clean the exposed shaft (pic 1 & 2) and examine the length. Are there any sections that look abraded. Would indicate previous contact points.


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