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You'd be dealing with Felder in Milton Keynes, there won't be any importing (Nothing you'd have to worry about anyway) and the after-service is excellent, for the most part.Hmm, doesn't buying a Hammer A3 31 be more expensive as you have to deal with the import & if something goes wrong, the company is offshore?
hi there. Transport was an issue because of lockdown. Initially I was going to hire a tail lift Luton. It was 4 hours away from me in Hull. I didn’t want to risk that so I waited a few weeks (which was really frustrating) and eventually paid to have it collected by a similar vehicle. It was about £300. I had a heavy duty mobile base for it so unloading was just a matter of wheeling it off And pushing it into my workshop. It’s bloody heavy!
Good question on leadin times. I waited about 8-10 weeks for mine. But once you've paid and are locked in they hold you in the delivery slot. I wasn't messed around but did have to wait.
Oh yes, I checked the beds with my Veritas Steel straight edge, I found the in-feed bed had a 0.5mm dip in the middle of the bed. But the rear edge and the edge by the cutter block perfect. So good enough for my needs.
I'm not sure about adjusting the table.
Really interested to read this Mike & as I’ve run an lot of pine through the planer thicknesser over the last couple of months certainly 10+ large extractor bags worth so as I’m in the workshop I’ve popped the tables up to look & took a photoI recently bought a planer and was considering a spiral head. I was strongly advised by the machinery dealer (JMJ woodworking) to stay away from a spiral head if there was going to be any softwood used on the machine, as all the little cutters and screws will fill up with resin and be a total pig to change.
I just say in fairness to Felder/Hammer they did explain it wasn’t just a case of swapping one tip if one got chipped.He also warned that while the makers promote the idea of only changing one cutter if there is a chip, in reality you have to change several since the new one will be slightly higher than the old ones around it and there will be a groove in the wood as a result.
With regard to noise & I can only comment on the machines I’ve used but can confirm the spiral block is considerably quieter. The best example I can give is with my Wadkin running I couldn’t hear the extractor & would look round to check the shavings were swirling around the extractor bag about 5’ away, with the spiral block I can hear the extractor above the noise of planerHowever if the noise is really important (and genuinely much better with spiral) then perhaps that has to be the overriding consideration for you. I bet they still aren’t quite though!
Well that’s interesting to see Doug. It certainly doesn’t look too bad and the noise levels sound great!Really interested to read this Mike & as I’ve run an lot of pine through the planer thicknesser over the last couple of months certainly 10+ large extractor bags worth so as I’m in the workshop I’ve popped the tables up to look & took a photo