DIY Three Wheel Bandsaw - maybe the StumpyNubs model?

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Forum topic by SawdustTX posted 02-19-2016 12:10 AM 4939 views 0 times favorited 7 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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#3 posted 06-26-2020 11:56 PM

Let’s revive the old thread…

I picked up a 28-540 for C$100 yesterday. We’ll see how it goes. Needs a new drive belt and thrust bearings at least.

From what I’ve read it is important to use thin blades, although they are hard to find. The one I bought still has a 0.140” blade, which for all I know might have been its original and only blade. It’s certainly dull enough…

Search for SuperCut Three Wheeler Bandsaw Blades.

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#4 posted 06-27-2020 01:44 AM

This one has been sitting around in my shop….

Runs fine….been keeping it around, as a spare in case my other 2 wheeler goes down for repairs…Otherwise, it is just taking up floor space I can’t really spare…

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#5 posted 06-27-2020 02:22 PM

A fine looking machine (covered in fine looking dust!). I don’t think it’s a Delta – what is it?

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#6 posted 06-27-2020 02:34 PM

Craftsman. Sideplate is LONG gone….Somewhere around 57” long blade…Local pick-up only. Even has a stand….

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#7 posted 06-27-2020 02:55 PM

I forgot I’d posted this… :)

Decided I want to spend my limited time building furniture, not tools, so I searched CL (for over a year) and found a Delta 28-560 for $150. It’s the 16” three wheeler. I love it, use it more than my Delta 14” big saw. Works fantastic, runs true and smooth, none of the 3 wheeler issues I see mentioned all the time, may b/c it’s a bigger 3 wheeler?

I run Timberwolf 3/16” and 1/4” wide by .025” thick blades, never have an issue. I think if you ran wider blades, like 1/2” that thick maybe you’d have issues? Haven’t tried it – I use it mostly for scroll and trim work, wood up to 3” thick. If I have a bigger cut I go to the 14” two-wheel bandsaw. Blessed to have both, it’s a great combo.

The other cool thing about this saw, with a belt/pulley swap that takes maybe 5-8 minutes, it converts to metal cutting. I have a 5/8” metal cutting blade (the one on the saw in the last pic) that just rips through sheet metal, exhaust pipes, I’ve done up to 1/4” plaste steel no problem and it leaves a very nice finish.

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