Is a 1/4 hp stock power feeder enough?

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Forum topic by pbeamtn posted 03-15-2010 07:25 PM 2419 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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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?


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#1 posted 10-05-2015 01:40 AM

I have the small mini power feeder from General International. It is great it has a electronic variable speed control that you can turn while you’re using it. I use mine for milling trim with my horizontal router table.
Made trim for several houses and made cupboard doors with using a vertical horizontal table.
One of the best tools I’ve ever purchased. When I set my system up it is impossible for my fingers to ever come in contact with the router bits.


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