This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
Date: 7 Feb 92 19:00:09 GMT
In article <1992Feb6.firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com (Jan Isley) writes:
> firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank Caggiano) writes:
> 1) blade life is inversely proportional to the radius of the wheel it
> turns over. 3 wheel saws use *small* wheels.
> Bottom line, I wouldn't even trade my Delta for Inca's 3 wheel model
> which is the only 3 wheel model I would consider and then only as a
> second bandsaw.
This is not strictly true. Blade life is inversely proportional to
the most acute angle that it must turn through. Since there are 3
wheels, the blade does not need to make a 180 degree turn on a single
wheel, and so the wheels can be smaller, and still (if properly
designed) have LESS blade bend. This is not to say that all 3 wheel
band saws are properly designed.
I have never seen Inca's 3 wheel model, but have you ever looked at the DO-ALL
3 wheel model. (Please note that Do-All only uses 3 wheels on thier big