Purchasing a new band saw wheel
Whenever customers call us and look for wheels for their band saw machines, the questions that we often have to ask customers are the following:
- What type of wheels are they looking for?
- What type or the year, make and model of the machine/s they are operating?
Those are the important things we need to know in order to determine which wheel should we recommend to customers. Now let’s explain and enlighten you with some information on the different type of wheels that are out there and what to look for when purchasing a new band saw wheel.
Band saw wheels are the continuous band tool revolving on a band machine. There are two types of wheels on a band saw. There is the DRIVE wheel and the IDLER wheel.
The Drive wheel is the portion of a band saw’s pulley-like drive system that propels the blade forward while the Idler wheel is used to transfer motion or to guide and support the drive wheel.
When purchasing a new band wheel for your band saw machine, you should consideration the following guidelines.
Wheels must be true round for an even and constant pressure for the band to work.
Wheels must be balanced to eliminate vibrations; Some Band Saw wheels cannot tolerate harmonic vibrations.
The brand and model of the band saw machine must be matched to the correct wheel(s). Each machine has its own unique form depending on the brand of the machine. The wheels of the saw would actually depends on the structure of the saw itself. However, it is true that some manufactures make similar sized wheels for different models of their own Band Saws (see below).
The diameter of the Band Saw wheel. The machine differs in the band wheel size, usually it depends on the size of the machine, the larger the band saw is, the bigger the wheel should be. This does not apply to all saws.
The thickness of the band saw wheel. The thickness may actually differ according to the brand of the machine.
And lastly, The bore size – Center hole of the wheel. It may differ depending on the manufacturer of the band saw. A distributor like us, will look for the OD (outside dimension) and the ID (inside dimension – that is the bore hole size
Those are the most important issues revolving around (no pun intended), purchasing new Band Saw wheels for your Band Saw machine.