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2nd hand Hammer Combi or New Robland ?

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My garage does not lend itself to 3 different machines so I am thinking of getting a combi. I have a budget of 4-5k and can't decide whether to try and buy the 2nd hand Hammer one on ebay or to go for a new Robland. Having never seen either of them in the flesh I have no idea about build quality and am hoping someone here may have already looked into this.

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Modernist":3kbk10iv said:
Having owned both I would go for the Hammer
Is the build quality of the Hammer a much better machine ?

I have heard that Robland machines did used to be questionable, but are now better ?
 

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I have had a Hammer C3-41 for 6 years and a Robland K260 for the 20 years before that so my info on the Robland is hardly current. I did however look a them when I bought the Hammer and decided in it's favour. I think the standard of engineering is higher, particularly in the rise and fall mechanisms and other bits under the surface. Don't be fooled into thinking a H is a low cost Felder, it's not, but it does benefit from some of the pedigree.
 

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I have a Hammer C3-31 similar to the one on the bay I am very happy with it and think it's a great machine if you can get that one within your budget I am sure you will be well satisfied
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I have just located a new Robland NX310 Pro for £4800 inc VAT. That is 20% discount off new. I do like the look of the Hammer and it is a compact machine, where as the NX310 Pro has a quite large footprint.
 

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As you make your choice ( My preference would be Hammer) be aware that a combi takes up a lot of space. People make the mistake of thinking that they can get a quart in a pint pot but the truth is to look at the manufacturers suggestions for working space around the machine. I have a Felder 12" combi with a 2.7m wide sliding table. It needs around 5x4m minimum to work around it with any size timber.

You may get a different figure depending on your working style but please consider prior to purchase.

Al
 

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beech1948":3lp6t1rs said:
As you make your choice ( My preference would be Hammer) be aware that a combi takes up a lot of space. People make the mistake of thinking that they can get a quart in a pint pot but the truth is to look at the manufacturers suggestions for working space around the machine. I have a Felder 12" combi with a 2.7m wide sliding table. It needs around 5x4m minimum to work around it with any size timber.

You may get a different figure depending on your working style but please consider prior to purchase.

Al
My garage is only 3.6m * 6m and I have lots of other stuff in there. The Hammer has a wheel set so was hoping that I can move it around as and when I need to use it so that it does not take up lots of room.
 

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Whatever you buy make sure the planer tables lift inwards as the ones that lift out are a pain to work round
If you got all that hammer kit for around 5k you would be doing well
 
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