|Forum topic by pbeamtn||posted 03-15-2010 07:25 PM||2456 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
03-15-2010 07:25 PM
I have tried to read as many reviews of stock feeders as I can, and it seems that most professionals recommend a 1 HP feeder. Given the cost of these, I am having a really hard time deciding that this is what I need to buy. I have been looking at the Powermatic PF3-JR, which I can get for just under $500. It is “only” 1/4 HP, but the price in the range I am willing to pay.
So, does anyone have any firsthand experience with a 1/4 HP power feeder on a 3HP – 5HP shaper? What is the trade off with a smaller feeder? Would I just need to make 2 passes instead of 1?
This is a home shop. I just want to use it to make a whole kitchen full of doors. I would probably put mounts on my shaper and my tablesaw, and situate my 6” jointer in such a way that I could swing it around to use there as well. I have zero experience with a feeder, so I just want to know what do you get for the additional money and HP of a larger feeder?