I wondered this too, and decided their wasn't any difference, you get a similar differential the other way on the power feed.Ian Dalziel":3tuv494y said:although i cannot understand why axminster advertise the sliding table for it at £199 and jet at £299 is anyone aware of the difference
It's fairly clear in the literature that you could only consider if for use with large diameter bits, to be honest, I don't really think this additional functionality is all that useful. The whole point of it is to raise panels fast, - if you then use router bits it's rather defeated the point of having it!ike":2ccxddtc said:I'd read that the 8000 rpm top speed of this machine is far too slow for router cutters with perhaps the exception of horizontal panel raising bits, and that the resulting finish will be rubbish or mediocre at best. I wonder also if the slow speed is too fast as a drum sander given that it doesn't oscillate either and will burn easily.
It sounds like it's being talked up a bit.
Adam wrote,The biggest plus point was that, as standard, it could also use all of your existing 1/2" and 8mm router cutters.
So, its a big plus point not worth having? - sorry i'm all confused now! :?The whole point of it is to raise panels fast, - if you then use router bits it's rather defeated the point of having it!
Remember a router takes up less space, (normally) as you can make a small table (OK, most people make a floor standing cabinet), and tuck it under a bench out the way. You can also take the router out and use it freehand, or for kitchen tops etc. So you often need a router regardless of having a spindle moulder. And, you can't ever cut a sliding dovetail on a spindle moulder, compared to a router where you can push a workpiece right over the spinning blade, with a spindle moulder you are always working at the edge of the cutters. Ideally you need both :lol:Spud":1xq67gl0 said:I know this question might sound silly! But what are the smaller spindle moulders primary purpose? I mean you could spend £1.000 on a router system if you bought something like the Jessem kit and a £300,00 1/2" router plus accessories. And as far as I can see good quality 1/2" router bits are more expensise than a set of cutters and limiters for the cutter block. There is also a far wider range of tooling for moulders than there are router bit's. The size of mouldings and profiles capable on a moulder are much larger than a routers capabilities.
What I am getting at is; if one wanted to invest heavily in a router set-up, surely the better option would be a smaller spindle moulder like the Jet jws-34?
This is the predicament I am finding myself in at the moment, but not being very experienced I do not know the pro's and con's or have the answers.