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CharlieK

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12-23-2017 10:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question jointer planer hammer felder combo machine combination machine carbide spiral shelix

I just ordered a Hammer a3-41 jointer/planer. This was a BIG decision for me! A few of my friends have the Hammer J/P combo machines and one even has the Felder combo machine. I also stopped by the Felder/Hammer showroom when I was in Sacramento a few weeks ago. Of course this is a huge expense, but it was also tough for me to decide whether I really wanted a combo machine or if I should go with a really nice jointer and a separate planer.

Anyway, after much research and vacillation I finally made a decision!

I am interested to know how many other LJ’s have pulled the plug on this one and if you have any tips for me.

Thanks,
Charlie

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#1 posted 12-23-2017 10:51 PM

Which head did you get?

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#2 posted 12-23-2017 10:58 PM



Which head did you get?

- AZWoody

I got the Silent Power spiral carbide head. The guys at their showroom they said that nowadays almost everyone gets the spiral head.

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#3 posted 12-24-2017 12:52 AM


Which head did you get?

- AZWoody

I got the Silent Power spiral carbide head. The guys at their showroom they said that nowadays almost everyone gets the spiral head.

- CharlieK

I don’t have that brand but a spiral head will definitely leave a board that leaves minimal sanding.

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#4 posted 12-24-2017 01:13 AM


I don t have that brand but a spiral head will definitely leave a board that leaves minimal sanding.

- AZWoody

I was VERY impressed with the quality of the cut

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#5 posted 12-24-2017 01:32 AM

Charlie I’m looking at A3-31 or maybe the larger machine you ordered and also with the spiral cutter head. I would like to also have a drum sander in the shop, so the combo machine seems very appealing from a space allocation perspective. I sold my Jet 15” planer and a 6” jointer for this reason. Post some usage results – well I’m sure you will :)

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#6 posted 12-24-2017 02:48 AM

Congratulations and Merry Christmas Charlie!

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#7 posted 12-24-2017 03:32 AM

Nice Christmas present you got yourself there. Let us know how it works out for you. That’s one big machine.

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#8 posted 12-24-2017 07:30 AM

The Hammer or Felder out of my pay scale, I bought a Scorpion 12” combo machine, Made in China knock off!
Got rid of a Laguna 6” Helical head jointer, General 12 planner and an old Hitachi combo machine. Great way to free up some floor space.
The Scorpion works fantastic, quiet, glass smooth finish. It could probably use a bit more H.P.( 3 H.P.) but for a hobby shop works okay.

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#9 posted 12-24-2017 12:58 PM



I just ordered a Hammer a3-41 jointer/planer. This was a BIG decision for me! A few of my friends have the Hammer J/P combo machines and one even has the Felder combo machine. I also stopped by the Felder/Hammer showroom when I was in Sacramento a few weeks ago. Of course this is a huge expense, but it was also tough for me to decide whether I really wanted a combo machine or if I should go with a really nice jointer and a separate planer.

Anyway, after much research and vacillation I finally made a decision!

I am interested to know how many other LJ s have pulled the plug on this one and if you have any tips for me.

Thanks,
Charlie

- CharlieK

Charlie, good choice. Excellent machine. I have the A3-31 with spiral head. The digital gauge is a must-have accessory. It has been very reliable for the past 5 years. (I also have a K3 and N4400 – both a built like a tank).

Regards from Perth

Derek

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#10 posted 12-24-2017 03:07 PM



Charlie I m looking at A3-31 or maybe the larger machine you ordered and also with the spiral cutter head. I would like to also have a drum sander in the shop, so the combo machine seems very appealing from a space allocation perspective. I sold my Jet 15” planer and a 6” jointer for this reason. Post some usage results – well I m sure you will :)

- builtinbkyn


I expect delivery sometime in February and I will definitely post some photos!

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#11 posted 12-24-2017 03:09 PM


Charlie, good choice. Excellent machine. I have the A3-31 with spiral head. The digital gauge is a must-have accessory. It has been very reliable for the past 5 years. (I also have a K3 and N4400 – both a built like a tank).

Regards from Perth

Derek

I added two of the table extensions and the dial indicator height gage. Your post makes me feel better about that decision!

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#12 posted 12-24-2017 03:15 PM



The Hammer or Felder out of my pay scale, I bought a Scorpion 12” combo machine, Made in China knock off!
Got rid of a Laguna 6” Helical head jointer, General 12 planner and an old Hitachi combo machine. Great way to free up some floor space.
The Scorpion works fantastic, quiet, glass smooth finish. It could probably use a bit more H.P.( 3 H.P.) but for a hobby shop works okay.

- Andre

I never heard of Scorpion until now. I looked them up and they are definitely less expensive! I am already committed to my decision, but I will let others know about the Scorpions. Thanks!

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#13 posted 12-24-2017 03:17 PM



Nice Christmas present you got yourself there. Let us know how it works out for you. That s one big machine.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave, it is a big machine and that was one of the toughest parts of the decision: will it really fit in my shop and how in the world will I get it down the stairs!

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#14 posted 12-24-2017 03:17 PM



Congratulations and Merry Christmas Charlie!

- DocSavage45

Thanks Tom!!

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#15 posted 12-24-2017 05:49 PM

I also have the a3-31, you definitely need the dial indicator. They are really nice machines! You just need to get into the habit of doing all you milling in batches, switching back and forth from jointer to planer constantly gets old.

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