Delta 14" bandsaw catastrophic failure

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Forum topic by pipesmoker posted 08-16-2019 03:29 AM 495 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2019 03:29 AM

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I picked up this Delta bandsaw, Model 28-276, curbside. It had broken trunions, which I replaced. My son used the saw a few times without issue. One day he turned it on and both tires broke. The blade did not break. What could have caused this? I don’t want to replace the tires until I know. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-16-2019 03:49 AM

Old and dried out original rubber tires?


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#2 posted 08-16-2019 04:43 AM

Old and dried out original rubber tires?


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That would be my guess also.

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#3 posted 08-16-2019 09:38 AM

Old and dried out original rubber tires?

- MrUnix

+1 Old tires.

Had the same thing happen on 17” saw a couple days ago. Turn it on, blade moved for 1 second, and boom; upper urethane tire shredded into 3 pieces. Have no clue why.
Read on WWW of one possible reason beyond old tires: If the last use(s) caused excess heating and blade tension was tightened, then saw cooled down without tension release; shrinkage during cool down puts more tension on blade/tire. When it was re-started in cool state, the over tensioning was at it’s highest and if the blade doesn’t break; the tires get compressed heavily and can fail with enough squeeze.
In my case the tire had obvious pinch mark where it failed, and I forgot to remove tension; So this logic made sense to me, but no clue if it’s actual reason? YMMV

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#4 posted 08-17-2019 12:13 PM

Thanks everyone. The tires weren’t dried out. CaptainKlutz, you nailed it! My son gave me a sheepish grin when I read your response.

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#5 posted 08-17-2019 08:56 PM

I was using my band saw to cut aluminum and the upper band broke. I found that sharp aluminum cuttings were embedded in the rubber and cut through the rubber.

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