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The price of the Platinum 12" 5 Function combination tool is less than $9,000 (plus shipping). The Platinum 10" 5 Function offers the same tools but drops one motor and arrives at a smaller overall size and weight, as well as a considerably lower price ($5,230). Obviously, the entire unit is lighter in weight, intended for shorter duty cycles and less intense work. It is also still very, very capable.

Source list

Felder Group USA.
(East) 2 Lukens Dr., Suite 300, New Castle, DE 19720. Tel: 866-792-5288.
(West) 1851 Enterprise Blvd., West Sacramento, CA 95691. Tel: 800-572-0061.

Grizzly Industrial Inc., 1821 Valencia St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Tel: 800-523-4777 or 360-647-0801.

Laguna Tools, 17101 Murphy Ave., Irvine, CA 92614. Tel: 800-234-1976.

Shopsmith Inc., 6530 Poe Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45414-2591. Tel: 800-543-7586.

Williams & Hussey Machine Co. Inc., 70 Powers St., Milford, NH 03055. Tel: 800-258-1380 or 603-732-0219.

WMH Tool Group (Jet), 2420 Vantage Dr., Elgin, IL 60124. Tel: 800-274-6848.

Woodstock International Inc. (Shop Fox), P.O. Box 2309, Bellingham, WA 98227-2309. Tel: 800-840-8420.

Robland NLX31
Laguna’s king-sized import, the Robland NLX31, is a stunner in size, capability and price. It is 91" long, 48" wide and 41" at its tallest point. The NLX31 weighs 1,700 lbs. and is priced at $13,000.

What do you get for giving up that much money and space?

The list starts with a 3-hp 12" table saw, a large sliding table and a 3/4-hp scoring blade motor. The arbor, as in all these combination saws, is 5/8", but the depth of cut has jumped to 3-3/16". Maximum crosscut is 50".

The planer has a 55" table with a 3-hp motor that gives a maximum depth of cut at a smidgen more than 12". The cutterhead is a three-blade style. Flip the lid, and you’ve got a jointer, a 12-3/16" capacity model, with the same 55" table, and 1/4" depth of cut, again driven by a 3-hp motor.

The shaper uses a 3/4" spindle, with 5-1/2" of vertical spindle travel. Maximum cutter size is 7". There are four speeds: 2,900, 4,000, 6,000 and 7,500 rpm.

The mortiser has 8" of horizontal travel, 4" of vertical travel and can cut to a depth of 5". Chuck capacity maxes out at 5/8", and the table size is 8" x 17".

Felder CF 531 and CF 741
Felder has been in the U.S. since 1984, during which time it has grown to import three combination tool lines — the 500, 700 and 900. They also import the Hammer line.

Felder’s CF 531 comes in two configurations, as the plain-Jane CF531 and the CF 531 Professional. The essential difference seems to be the inclusion of a sliding table with the professional model, along with some heavier duty bits and pieces.

The CF 531 features a 12" table saw that offers a 4" cut. The saw blade is supported on both sides to reduce flex problems and can be used with a dado head. A scoring blade is optional. The jointer/planer uses one of the three 4-hp, 230-volt, single-phase motors. The planer and jointer width is 12", with a two-knife cutterhead as standard (a four-knife and Versa cutterheads are also available).

There’s a major difference between the Felder and Laguna shapers. The Felder has a tilting shaper spindle (90 to 45 degrees) and a 1-1/4" spindle diameter, with 3-7/8" available under the spindle nut. It uses cutters up to 7" in diameter. A mortising table is optional.

If you decide to move to the professional version, the four-knife cutterhead becomes standard, while the 9" fence opening allows larger cutterheads. A 14,000 rpm spindle is now available as an option. The sliding table is attached (or will be when you’re set up), allowing cuts 81" long. There is an outrigger support for the table. The mortising table is still an option. The weight of the professional model is 1,740 lbs., while the standard one weighs 1,600 lbs.