Thanks for that@hvld
The Hammer is fine to use in a professional capacity of a small joinery shop etc.
The Felder stuff can be used all day every day in a factory production environment.
The specs are there somewhere deep in the small print.
In reality the Hammer is decent kit for the money. I have used mine for 3 or 4 days straight on tons of Oak without any hint of an issue at all.
The Felder ad 531 which is the same width of cut has a bit longer beds, has nicer fences with upgrade options and guards etc and is rated to run more industrially but it is nearly twice the price.
Same exact cutter head though.
My only niggle with the a3 31 I have was that the rollers were tensioned super hard when I got it and it was sniping in and out. Backed off the springs a good bit and now it's great.
Definitely get the optional DRO hand wheel its certainly worth it, and the wheel kit which is nice.
I read somewhere that delivers was £400, same for you?
I did a fair amount of research and asked friends their opinions and it was between Sedgewick, iTech and Hammer. For me (and I'm just a keen DIY'er) who needs to reduce the tool footprint in his 'shop, this ticked my boxes.
WRT sniping and over-tensioned rollers, I've been in contact with an Ozzie (Tasmania) who had similar probs - so now know what to do if the Felder technician can't make it over here fast enough!
Just an update on what I’ve ordered.
After watching a few videos on YouTube I decided to get the Hammer A3-31.
One of the main reasons was the dust extraction hood and the fact it doesn’t come off and need storing somewhere in the changeover. The Sedgwick system with its placement and hold down was very clunky in comparison.
Another was access to the thicknessing bed, the Sedgwick’s selling point of fixed outfeed tables on the surfacer would have been in the way with the short lengths I often use. An excellent feature for a lot of people but not for my requirements.
Other planer thicknessers such as the excellent Minimax were ruled out because the fence had to be removed for conversion. The iTech suffered with the removable fence, plus the tables opened the wrong way for where it would reside in our machine room.
The A3-31 with spiral block has been ordered along with the digital wheel, can’t wait!!
That is why we have lost so much industry in the UK, it has to be soooooo safe and make no noise that it becomes unviable to continue. We have had issues with founderies because of the hot metal and fumes, yet the same process happens abroad and we now import the same goods rather than make them and wonder why we are lacking skilled jobs. Then I bet whatever new P/T you buy it probably will not last 37 years.We might be securing funding at our workplace to replace our 37 year old two knife cutterblock Startrite PT260 planer thicknesser, as it’s just failed the H&S noise test, plus if it ever breaks down I doubt we’ll get parts.
The PT260’s junk compared to the Hammer.That is why we have lost so much industry in the UK, it has to be soooooo safe and make no noise that it becomes unviable to continue. We have had issues with founderies because of the hot metal and fumes, yet the same process happens abroad and we now import the same goods rather than make them and wonder why we are lacking skilled jobs. Then I bet whatever new P/T you buy it probably will not last 37 years.
My local wood supplier has a big moulding machine made in the fifties and even with a good pair of ear defenders that makes a lot of noise that without the ear defenders would be painful.
Yes, I’ll admit it’s done really well and might last another ten or twenty years if looked after.I can imagine, but give it it's dues as it has done thirty seven years and I doubt my Record PT107 would come even close to that.
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