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06-28-2014 03:44 AM

Planer: Powermatic vs Grizzly?? - 11 replies

I am looking to buy a new planer with a spiral carbide cutting head. As I look around I just don’t see that much difference between General, Powermatic, and Grizzly when it comes to these planers. They are all made in Taiwan, same HP, same speeds, appear to be the same everything almost. I am not a brand snob or brand loyal, I have a hu...

06-23-2014 01:46 PM

Finish planing question - 3 replies

If I buy a Powermatic planer with spiral head and carbide inserts, how smooth can I get the board surface? I get my lumber planed by the lumber company right now but it comes with burn marks and snipe, so I want to plane my own if it will come out with a nice finish. Being able to take one pass through the drum sander after planing as opposed ...

06-17-2014 12:45 PM

Shark CNC machine for sale - 7 replies

Hey guys, I bought a Shark CNC machine from Rockler about two years ago and it has been used sparingly. It is a nice little machine, works exactly like it should. Shortly after I bought it we landed a huge account that allowed me to buy an industrial 4×8 machine and this guy has been taking up room in the shop ever since. Everything work...

06-13-2014 01:07 AM

Help, drum sander burn - 6 replies

I have a newer General brand dual drum sander. I am getting burn on the sanding drums, it seems random though. I know that I am not taking away too much material at one time because I only turn it about 1/8 of a turn per pass and I have done 50 boards this way with success. I also know that I am not hitting knots or anything, I inspected the ...

05-28-2014 02:07 PM

Favorite Industrial woodworking equipment? - 13 replies

I know a lot of us are hobby woodworkers but I’m guessing a lot of you have worked in millwork and cabinet shops, woodshops, etc. I am wondering what is out there for production work where you have to make a lot of repeatable parts and pieces and stuff like that. I know it is expensive but what is out there for the big companies to use a...

05-06-2014 04:10 PM

safer way to cut small cubes?? - 11 replies

So I have 8ft long boards that I have cut to be 1.5” by 1.5”. I now need to chop them into cubes, so 1.5” again. I normally set up a miter saw with a zero clearance fence but cutting small cubes doesn’t seem super safe with my fingers that close to the blade, never been hurt but had a few scary cube launches across the ...

05-01-2014 12:45 AM

Alternate to finish sanding? - 4 replies

So I need to assemble the brain trust here, if you have dealt with large quantity production runs of wood items this might be right up your alley. For this scenario I am cutting out small shapes for toys. Think 4 inch stars, flowers, etc. I do wholesale orders of my products for companies all the time but they are growing into the thousands...

01-05-2014 04:24 PM

Question about 220V - 14 replies

I am moving into my new shop soon and I need to run a 220 outlet for my dust collection system. Normally it is no problem, I know how to run basic wiring and 110 and 220/240 outlets safely. However, this panel does not seem to have a main breaker to shut off power to the entire panel. Is that possible? If so, is there a shut off outside at t...

12-16-2013 05:04 PM

7 inch dust collection ducting? - 8 replies

I recently bought a Grizzly 3HP double canister dust collector for my new wood shop. It turns out that the inlet is 7 inches and I am having a heck of a time finding any piping and fittings that will work with this size of an inlet. I think PVC only comes in 6 or 8 inch and I’m not sure about easily obtained metal duct work? Also, I nee...

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