The edgebanders are touted for their ease of operation, increased production capabilities, small footprints and attractive price.
“The big thing about this particular edgebander is it is a machine that is very easy for the operator to run and maintain versus other edgebanders in the market that are very complicated machines,” says Brian Donahue, general manager of Safety Speed Cut.
Both machines have a digital control unit equipped with timers and alarms to set the glue pot or hot air temperature and maintain it during operation. The glue pot edgebander has a standby temperature mode to prevent overheating the glue or glue pot if the machine hasn’t been operated for 15 minutes. Once the operator wants to heat the glue back to the original temperature, it takes between two to five minutes.
The simple operation begins by turning on the power, the feeder and the glue spindle. Once the temperature reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit, a timer kicks on and the spindle starts turning and rotating the glue so it is evenly heated. After 10 minutes the glue pot reaches approximately 295 degrees.
“Once the board is on the table and reaches the feeder it will automatically feed and go through, first passing the glue spindle, which applies glue to the edge of the board,” explains Donahue. “Then your tape is mechanically fed in. And as your tape hits the panel, the pressure roller applies that tape on the board which has the glue on it. The next step as it slides along is it goes under two routers, what we call the Accutrim Router System. The routers run at 35,000 rpm and actually cut the [excess] strip into small pieces so they are good for dust collection. It gives a perfect top and bottom trim.”
The hot air model is similar to the glue pot model except it uses pre-glued edgebanding. The operator can adjust the variable speed on the feeder, which directly affects the amount of heat that is applied.
“I generally recommend that [customers] go for the glue pot model. There are some people who are very determined to stay with hot air; people who have rolls of pre-glued edgebanding, for example. However, glue pots are just a lot less finicky than the hot air. With hot air you are depending on your supplier of edgebanding. Mostly that they put on the proper glue on the edgebanding.”
The glue pot edgebander measures 72" x 48" x 37" and accepts polyester, PVC and wood laminate edgebanding in widths of 1/2" to 1-3/4".
The 60" x 40" x 36" hot air model accepts pre-glued polyester, PVC and wood edgebanding in the same width range.
The Safety Speed Cut glue pot edgebander, model EZ 72GP, is priced at $11,499. The hot air version, model EZ 60HA, sells for $8,499.