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Hello. Recently scored a one year old craftsman 10" BS model 24100 off craigslist. Cleaned it up and now wanted to ask if anyone lumberjocks have this same saw and have you upgraded any parts for it such as bearings, tires or any other parts? Im thinking of upgrading to urethane tires and have found the bearings on ebay just need to find the tires. Is there any tips I should know about when tuning up this saw?

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A one year old bandsaw should not need bearings or tires. If the tires are tight on the wheels and don't have any flat spots. Why waste money going to urethane? I have a 12" craftsman that was bought new in the 80's the blades were never detensioned. I just replaced the upper tire about a year ago because it had stretched and wouldn't stay on the wheel. The bearings are still tight and silent.
 

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Three of the four bearings are tight. Thrust bearings free spin real good. The original owner probably had the bearings pressed against the blade. The tires have a grove in them from the teeth of the blade I suppose.
 

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I'm guessing you are talking about a model 21400 (not 24100) that has roller blade guides, and those are the bearings you are talking about? I would not consider changing tires and blade guides as an 'upgrade', but more of a replacement of normal wear parts (standard maintenance). The rubber vs. urethane tire debate rages on, with everyone having their own opinion regarding which to use. I have urethane tires and they work just fine.. and might have a bit more resistance to wear. If your tires are chewed up, then the PO did not know how to setup the saw. The blade guide roller bearings should be standard off the shelf stuff. The manual only states 6mm, so you will need to check the numbers on the side of them, then measure the actual size with some calipers and go from there. Most roller guide bearings I've seen use pretty standard 609 or equiv. bearings IIRC, typically found in roller skates and available really cheap in sets for that purpose. However they are 7mm wide, so you might have something different (like the 607's which are 6mm wide, but have a different OD and bore).

After you get things back in shape, check out the Alex Snodgrass video on how to setup a bandsaw. He shows how to do it on a 14" saw, but the technique is the same for most saws regardless of size.

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Brad
 

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I believe that it is the same exact band saw as the Rikon 10". I looked at the Craftsman version and ended up buying the Rikon model 10-305. You can do a search for the Rikon and will be able to find both the urethane tires and bearings.
 

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Just a note about the bearings.. DON'T order them from someplace selling them as replacement parts for your specific saw.. or you will wind up paying double, tripple or more for them. Even more if you purchase directly from the saws manufacturer (in this case, Sears and/or Rikon). As an example, the upper wheel bearings for a Delta bandsaw are selling for almost $20 a piece at places like ereplacementparts.com. But you can purchase better quality ones from a bearing supply house like Accurate Bearing for about $5.

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I used to have rubber tires on my wheels, it lasted for years. I currently have urethane tires and works well.
 

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I suspect by the the time you get new bearings and tires, you will be well on your way to the price of another small band saw. My 1958 band saw still has the original rubber tires, no complaints.
 

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Im not going to order the bearings. Instead, I think I will use Lignum Vitae wood blocks for the guides. I can make them tall to better support the blade. I'm going ahead with new poly tires since these tires have a groove in them already.
 
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