keep us posted, i think delivery is 3-4 weeks at the moment but im not convinced by the split tables as it seems 2 things to go out of whack, that being said Axi stuff is supposed to be good for the money.I've just taken delivery of one a couple of days ago (ordered before the price rise fortunately). I haven't really spent a lot of time with it yet, but my initial impressions are generally favourable. Overall it seems solidly put together.
It is very quiet which is great, and so far the finish it leaves seems good. I put a pretty gnarly piece of oak through it and although it wasn't completely free of tear out it probably would have destroyed my old bench top p/t!
A couple of niggles which I need to look into:
- The fence goes out of square as I move it across the tables (e.g. from back to front). I think it's something to do with the fence mounting bracket/clamp but I haven't looked into it properly yet. If I can't fix it, I can work around it.
- I'm getting a tiny bit of snipe from the thicknesser. I need to see if I can adjust that out (not sure how I would) or change my technique. I don't think it will be a big problem.
I've had a bit of a go at checking and adjusting the outfeed and infeed tables (there is another good video in the woodcrafter series on that and also an Axminster one). It's not a super easy process but mine wasn't very far out and I think I've improved it with very little effort. I'm going to build an adjustable base for it so that I can get it level on my very uneven floor. I'll leave final adjustment until I've done that. I also need a more reliable straight edge to do it properly.
Thanks. By locking handle, I assume you mean the "lift and shift" leaver next to the thicknessing table height adjustment wheel?I’ve had mine for about a year. Once It’s set up it’s good, I followed the Woodgrafters video which is posted above. Well worth following his example which enabled me to get it damn near perfect, within 0.10 all the way round. Spiral blades seem to be lasting well, I haven’t had to turn them yet. Make sure you use the locking handle for final pass on the thicknesser, I don’t get any snipe at all, a little when I don’t use it.
I have a P/T that is similar to the Craft version, and the handle engages the friction rollers for thicknessing.What is the handle which you pull out for planing and let in for thicknessing? The manual doesn't explain what it actually does. Does it engage/disengage the rollers?
I was looking at the itech, 3-4 months delivery from scosarg. from everything I have looked into seems that they are much of a muchnessWhat's the dust extraction like? I'm still wrestling over buying a Wadkin BAOS and fitting a Shelix helical head or just buy one of these or the iTech 260S equivalent, I'm in no rush.