|Review by Matt||posted 01-09-2013 10:15 PM||5396 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
I just finished setting up my brand new Hammer A3-31 Jointer Thicknesser. I am truly amazed at the quality of this machine. It is a game changer. Turning on the machine it is truly quiet, running wood through it…still truly quiet. Perfect joined edge first try. The finish is amazing. More will be added as I have time to start to really put this machine through its paces.
Alright, sorry for the cursory review. It really was just my initial impression and excitement. I have never done a review before so I will answer the questions as best as I can.
The game changer is that I will be able to use a jointer/thicknesser in my shop that can reliably surface and join wood. I previously did not have any jointer or planer.
I considered the grizzly/rikon/jet and a few other models prior to ordering this one. I have spoken with others who have those machines and most of them have had problems. I went with hammer after a conversation with a manufacturing expert (I have a family member who is a vice president of manufacturing) who explained to me the best source of tooling in the world. China is second rate with quality and engineering as far as I am concerned. Austria has a reputation for excellent tooling.
Mobility is excellent. Having the mobility kit allows me to easily move the machine anywhere in my tiny shop. 13×13 is tiny.
The spiral cutter head is so quiet that
1. I feel safe using the machine without hearing protection.
2. I feel safe using the machine with children asleep in the house.
3. My dust exctractor is louder.
It is seriously quiet. I have a buddy with a dB meter who is going to help me measure.
Customer service has been fine so far. The sales staff has been prompt in returning calls and emails.
I did have a small plastic bit broken in shipping and they have sent the piece out to me already.
Shipping. Took forever. I ordered the machine in October, got it Jan 3. I understand it is in demand and has to be shipped from Austria. I am patient person.
I agree the first post was a gloat. I will add to the review as I use the machine more.