Options on a combi

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Options on a combi

Postby thatsnotafestool » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:34 pm

OK...the time has come to get that combination machine to replace the separates I sold before we moved (yes, I know separates are better etc etc but circumstances perforce the purchase of a combination machine).

Then we come to the options and I've kind of settled on ...

1) increasing the table area from the standard 850mm to 2000mm

2) tiltable power feed table

3) fine adjuster for the spindle fence

4) digital readout on the thicknesser and the spindle moulder

But that pushes the price up, naturally, and so I'm kind of wondering if I bin them. Or would I live to regret it ?
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Postby Andys Woodshed » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:31 pm

Plus Silent cutter block is a must
Extension tables are nice

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Postby nickw » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:02 pm

DROs are a must
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Postby thatsnotafestool » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:35 am

Andys Woodshed wrote:Plus Silent cutter block is a must
Extension tables are nice


Why is a silent cutter block a must ?
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Postby tusses » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:47 pm

you can add a DIY DRO with a cheap digi caliper

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Postby thatsnotafestool » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:53 am

tusses wrote:you can add a DIY DRO with a cheap digi caliper


They're not that expensive and I'm tired of 'bodging'.
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Re: Options on a combi

Postby Jonathan » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:45 pm

Having a read out on all dials is great for repeatability and you will defo need that with a combi.
A dro behind the centre of the spindle fence would be good, most manufacturers put them on the side, and are not very accurate.
I don't have the silent power cutter block, apparently you get more chippings in the extractor bags with this head, I do wish I had it, mainly for woods with difficult grain, and the fact that when you damage the blade it's a 60 second job to turn the knife.
The one extra I kick myself for not getting is power drive for the spindle height, normally the height adjustment is on a hand wheel on the side of the machine, it's a pain to get to , if the height adjustment is on the front of the machine this would not be an issue.
Fold away table for the power feeder is an absolute must.
Also the ability to use the power feeder on the planner is great.

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Re: Options on a combi

Postby thatsnotafestool » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:02 pm

Jonathan, thanks for the info. Is your machine a Hammer ?
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Re: Options on a combi

Postby Jonathan » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:06 pm

I've got a Felder kf700 saw and spindle and a hammer a331 planner thicknesser, ive just rigged a power feeder up to the planner, gosh should of done it years ago!!


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