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Forum topic by Binn posted 05-11-2010 05:51 AM 3923 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Binn

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05-11-2010 05:51 AM

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I am looking to buy a euro sliding table saw and in need of your recommendations of a good quality saw. One with a 9-10’ slider, on/off switch on sliding table, single phase, and 5 hp or more. I have been looking at Felder, Mini max, Grizzley, etc. something around up to $9000.00 no more. So what has been your experience with these machines? I have never owned one before.

-- Barry, Louisiana


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#1 posted 05-11-2010 06:46 AM

Hello Barry,

I have a 9’ Felder combo slider saw and shaper. It is an x-roll style and has served me very well. Fleders are very accurate and well made machines.

I know of a Felder owner in the New Orleans area. He has all kinds of great tools.

It is a good idea to actually go and see these types of equipment. I prefer Martin, SCM, SCMI, Altendordf, Felder, and MiniMax. There are some used once that come up for sale once in a while. It might be good to see what you can find. They usually come with accessories.

I can most likely get you touch with the Felder owner in New Orleans if you want.

John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 07:26 AM

John,
Thanks for the advice, but I have a guy near by that uses Felder and I have seen his.The problem I am having is I do not have 3 phase in my shop so I need single phase. My electrician told me today it is very expensive to to convert to 3 phase for the ele. equipment needed. Plus the Felders are over my budjet, that is why I like the mini max., grizzley.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 07:51 AM

Barry, You can find Felders with single phase. The MiniMax Tecnomax S315WS has a 8 1/2’ slider and the S350WS has a 10 1/2’ slider. I suggest you try to find a 9’ minimum slider because you will need the extra length to put pneumatic or manual hold down clamps. This is necessary for safe and quick use of the slider.

I installed a rotary phase converter for three phase. You are correct in that they are expensive. I purchased and installed my own and still spent about $1500. I consider this cheap in that I found an almost new one that a person bought, installed, and then moved to a shop that had three phase.

One thing to consider is that a three phase saw is generally going to have larger HP and will bring the saw to its full potential. I have two 7 1/2 HP 3 phase motors and they never bog down. Might be worth the extra expense if you can find a good used 7 1/2 to 10 HP phase converter.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 05:15 PM

I have looked into several different options and I know I do not want phase converters. I don’t want to have to turn on and off the converter every time I need to cut something. My electrician said the panel box , breakers, etc. are very expensive to purchase for 3 phase. I will still check into it. I have been using a 3 hp motor for years and had no problems cutting anything I needed, so I think anything larger than 5 hp I would not need. The problem with trying to buy a used saw or new is that I would want to try it first or at least see it person and hear it run.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#5 posted 05-12-2010 01:49 AM

Rick,
I appreciate your help but i am completely confused about all of this. I have one person telling 3 phase is good and others telling me its not, and still other ideas. I don’t know what to do, I can get 3 phase dropped to my shop, then pay an electrician to install a 3 phase breaker box and breakers connected to my single phase breaker box, my shop is wired for single phase. So if I can have both 1 and 3 phase it might work. All this time it cost money leaving me none for equipment. I have 2 friends that are Industrial electricians and I will try to get them to help me decide what to do. I have been without a table saw set up since Nov.09 and I need to get this resolved so I can work. What does VFD stand for, and how does it work?

-- Barry, Louisiana

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