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The top tire keeps coming of as soon as I start to tension the blade. I can not keep the tire on at half the recomended tension. Does the tire need to be glued to the wheel?

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You could try gluing it, but you probably need to replace the tire. On the other hand, if this is a new machine, it has the wrong size tire on it. Here are two articles on the subject of replacing tires. Their perspectives are a bit different, but they are both excellent. I know you didn't ask about replacing them, but by reading these articles you will get a whole lot more context that should help you.
Good luck.

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