DIY Three Wheel Bandsaw - maybe the StumpyNubs model?

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Forum topic by SawdustTX posted 02-19-2016 12:10 AM 3781 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2016 12:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw homemade machines three wheel

Anyone have personal experience with the StumpyNubs or other DIY 3-wheel bandsaws for which plans are available?

I’m specifically interested in:
- Is it vibration free and solid?
- Is it precise (drift, ability to follow a line, smooth curves, etc.)?
- Does it hold settings once tuned?

I’ll be using it for tighter radious cuts in 2” or thinner wood with 1/8 or 3/16 blades. I have a Delta 14” bandsaw I keep a bigger blade on for heavy cutting, looking at a three wheel for the intricate stuff that is bigger than ideal for the scroll saw.

I know the challenges with three-wheelers, but tuned right and used with small blades, they can be very good. I had the pleasure of using a friend’s “extra” three-wheel bandsaw. He designed and built two of ‘em! All metal – I went over one day and “helped” as he literally did sand castings to make his own aluminum wheels – very cool. Anyway, I had it for a number of years and it was fantastic. 18” throat depth in a compact package, ran smooth and true. Loved it but eventually the owners son got a shop and I had to give it back.

The Stumpy Nubs machine looks and sounds good -anyone built it? ok, obviously I know stumpynubs himself has built one and is on this forum. :) I got some good info. direct from him. Looking for any other LJs who have built/used it.

Or am I better off hunting up a used Delta 28-560? I like the idea of building my own, and I really like the 24” throat of the Stumpy model.

Any feedback from those who’ve used or built one is much appreciated!

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#1 posted 02-24-2016 10:03 PM

William has built a couple of bandsaws and could probably answer any questions you may have. I know he has built a few of Stumpy’s machines but I don’t believe he has built his bandsaw. Hope this helps…..
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#2 posted 02-24-2016 10:29 PM

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