|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 01-14-2012 06:37 PM||1001 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-14-2012 06:37 PM
Let us narrow this discussion to floor tools like drill press, table saw, jointer, line borer, belt sander etc.
There is one company which comes to mind which approached the general design of its products in a way that sets it apart.
I have owned a Ritter dowel boring machine, line borer, and edge sander (4×132; still have it). All of them display this concept: Use aluminum instead of cast iron or steel where possible.
I don’t think the goal was to reduce the weight. I think it was about the ease of manufacture, but that’s theoretical.
They use massive stock or castings, in size, to accomplish what would be smaller in steel or iron. And I have enjoyed and used all these tools and found them to be functional, dependable and bulletproof. No adjustability or tunability is compromised.
The legs on the sander are steel, and each is held on with two bolts. The fit is sloppy, but the result is, the moose-of-a-tool settles on any surface very solidly. Quite different from lots of tool bases. Here's a pic of one (not mine).
My question is, are there other manufacturers, living or dead, which have strayed successfully from the norm in material selection, design or manufacture?
I’m not talking about innovation here. These tools each do a simple task of turning electrical energy into cutting of some kind. It’s more about the individual component parts and rethinking them in some way.
Looking forward to hearing your insights, both current and historical.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"