Band Saw Repair – Replacing the Blade Pulley (Milwaukee Part # 28-95-0120)
Band Saw Repair – Replacing the Blade Pulley (Milwaukee Part # 28-95-0120)

Does your Portaband seem to have a wobble? You might need a new blade pulley. The blade pulleys might be more commonly called
blade wheels. They are the two wheels on your saw that the
bandsaw blade rides on. Each wheel has a tire for traction so the
blade doesn’t slip. One common problem with the wheels is damage
caused by contact with the blade if the tire is allowed to wear out. The wheels have two bushings in them that
act as bearings between the wheel and the shaft. If these bushings are allowed to completely
wear out the shaft will wear in the wheel.Replacing a blade pulley is a repair that you can do
yourself and I’m going to show you how. Hi, I’m Mark Sodja. Do-it-yourself repairs like these are easier
than you might think. From lawn machines to cordless drills, kitchen
mixers, outdoor grills, our how-to videos walk you through each repair from start to
finish. Doing it yourself means never having to do
it alone. Let’s get started.I’ll begin by removing the
wheel. This process would be the same on the rear
wheel or the front. First, the hub comes off. Under the hub there’s a retaining ring, I’ll
remove that. Then a nylon washer and now the wheel will
just pull away from the saw. Because this tire is practically brand-new
and it’s had very little use I’ll remove it and we’ll use it on the new wheel. If the tire is worn you’d probably want to
replace it.The next step is to remove the bushings inside of the wheel. These bushings act as a bearing between the
wheel and the shaft. There’s a couple of ways to remove these and
either way will require some special tools. If you have a bearing press you could just
simply press both bushings out the same side of the wheel, either side it won’t matter. Another option and the one that I’m going
to use is to use a blind hole bearing puller. The way this works is I insert the puller
through one of the bushings and then tighten up the center shaft and that expands it out,
then I attach the handle and I’ll use the handle to pull the bushing out of the wheel.If
you don’t have either of these tools and don’t see any use to purchase them you can always
just go ahead and replace the bushings. Also inspect the bushings before you remove
them, if they’re worn out you’ll just want to replace them anyway. I’ll go ahead and pull out these bushings
now. Now I’ll remove the second bushing. Now I’ll install the bushings into the new
wheel. Again the easiest way to do this is with a
bearing press. If you don’t have one though you can use a
socket and a rubber mallet. I’ll line up the bushing onto the wheel. I’m going to use the mallet and just get it
started.Now I’ll take the flat side of the socket, place it over the bushing and press
the bushing in by hitting the socket with the mallet. I want the bushing just flush. That looks good. The same process for the second bushing on
the other side of the wheel. With our bushings installed, now I’ll go ahead
and replace the tire. I line up the cogs on the wheel with the grooves
in the tire then slightly pull the tire into place as I work it around the wheel, just
stretching the tire so it lines up at the grooves or with the cogs.Now I’ll install
the wheel back on to the shaft. Because this is the rear drive wheel I’ll
need a rotated around so the wheel lines up with the drive pulley below. You won’t need to do that on the front wheel. Next comes the nylon washer and the retaining
ring. I’ll finish up by replacing the hub.Be sure
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1 thought on “Band Saw Repair – Replacing the Blade Pulley (Milwaukee Part # 28-95-0120)”

  1. Fernando Aguilar says:

    I wonder if that will fix my blades being loose on my Milwaukee portable bandsaw???? Thank you for the video

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