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Forum topic by CharlieW posted 02-02-2013 04:44 PM 1236 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2013 04:44 PM

Anybody have experience with the CU300 Smart?

I always dismissed combo machines as a compromise, you know, they do lots of things but none of them really well. I’ve been told the CU300 is an exception. I don’t really mind the inconvenience that comes with combo machines but I don’t want the frustrations that come with lesser quality or poorly designed machines. I know MM has a great reputation but I don’t know if that extends to the combo machine. Thanks all.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 04:53 PM

Combo machines, like all woodworking machines, are
built to meet price points.

KNAPP was a brand of combo machine that tried to make
them with no compromise, but it folded. They were
welding the machine cabinets underwater and stuff like that.

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 06:05 PM

Whenever I have a big job on, I get to use my Father in Laws workshop. He has that model, must be about 15 years old now and it’s a great machine for a one man shop. Solid, well made, dependable, accurate.
It does take occasional tuning to keep everything the way it should be, but that is largely due the machine’s age and amount of work it’s done, so to be expected really. The adjustments needed are only on the cross cut fence, it’s either the hole for the locking lever or the locking lever itself that have worn just a little bit.
One problem my FiL had when the machine was new was the drive belt on the scoring attachment would hop off on a bevelled cut, I don’t know if this issue has been fixed, but he got around it by putting a jockey wheel on it.
His only criticisms of the machine is that the bar for the rip fence has to come off to use the thicknesser. This can be inconvenient – but that is the nature of the machine. He also regrets not getting the option of the fine adjuster for the fence.

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