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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 15:47
3M introduced its first full line of pneumatic finishing tools for orbital sanding in February, which offers woodworkers a complete system designed to optimize sanding performance and maximize productivity in the shop.
Friday, 18 July 2008 13:05SawStop rolled out its new 10” contractor’s saw in June, a similar but smaller version of the company’s 10” cabinet saw launched in late 2004. SawStop marketing manager Eric Gewiss said the new saw, available in three versions, is more of a cross-industry saw for all types of woodworkers, contractors and DIYers.
Friday, 18 July 2008 13:03Steel City Tool Works’ latest line of two 10” cabinet-style table saws, 14” band saw, and 6” and 8” jointers feature the company’s latest plunge into using alternative materials. This time, it’s granite. As the company’s sales flyer states, “Welcome to the New Stone Age.”
“The application of granite to a machine tool is new,” says Jim Box, Steel City spokesman. “The heavy slab of granite used for the top is 2” thick and precision machined on state-of-the-art machining centers. The flatness is the biggest selling point on the granite.”
When Steel City rolled out its initial line of 32 woodworking machines at IWF 2006 in Atlanta, a titanium-top table saw was the product that created the “wow” factor. Now the company is showcasing granite, which it claims is harder than stainless steel, absorbs vibration better, will never rust, spring or warp, and resists scratches and stains.
Granite isn’t the only key feature of the two new 10” table saws, which are available in 1-3/4 and 3-hp single-phase models. The left-tilt saws include a built-in riving knife, 32” x 27” table, 30” industrial fence system and cabinet-mounted trunnion system.
“The table saws contain a new massive trunnion design, which is unique because the arbor rides up and down in vertical dovetail ways with adjustable gibs,” Box says. “The trunnion is much heavier than traditional systems, and this also helps dampen vibration. It is more accurate because the blade is always in the same plane. Wear can now be compensated for by adjustment, offering increased longevity of the machine. This design also assures that the riving knife will stay directly behind the blade at an even distance to its radius.”
Steel City has added a granite top to its 1-1/2 hp 14” ‘deluxe’ band saw and granite fences to its 6” and 8” deluxe jointers. The two-speed band saw has a 16” x 16” table that tilts 48 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left. The maximum rip left of the blade with rip fence is 11-3/4” and to the right of the blade is 7-1/2”.
“We wanted a band saw table that did not rely on a pin to keep both halves of the table perfectly flat and rigid,” explains Box. “The granite offers more stability and you do not have to remove the pin when changing blades.”
The 1-1/2-hp 6” jointer has a 4” x 38” granite fence, a 68” table and a cutterhead with three HSS knives. The 2-hp 8” model has a 5-1/2” x 48” granite fence, 75-1/2” table and three double-sided HSS knives. The fence on both models tilts in and out at 45 degrees, with positive stops at 45 and 90 degrees.
“The idea behind the granite jointer fence was to have a fence that was perfectly flat at all times. Flatness of the fence on a jointer has been the biggest complaint we have heard throughout the industry; it was time for some innovation there. The problem with the cast in this area is that where the fence is joined to the casting at the pivot points, it is very easily overtightened, which can bow the fence or undertightened, which can affect repeatability when changing from 90 degrees to other angles. The granite will not twist and remains flat.”
The new Steel City granite machines are available at reduced prices through IWF 2008, which runs Aug. 20-23. The 1-3/4-hp 10” granite cabinet-style table saw sells for $1,299.99 and the 3-hp model is priced at $1,399.99. The 14” granite band saw retails for $800, the 6” jointer is priced at $820 and the 8” model sells for $1,150.
Contact: Steel City Tool Works, P.O. Box 10529, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Tel: 877-724-8665. www.steelcitytoolworks.com
Friday, 18 July 2008 13:02Safety Speed Cut is offering two edgebanders (hot air and glue pot) that were formerly sold by Anderson Mfg. of Canada. Except for new Safety Speed Cut labels, the two American-made machines are basically the same as the Anderson products. Safety Speed Cut may make some changes or additions to the machines down the line, but nothing specific is planned at this time.
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. The hot air is produced by an electric blower system.
“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 maximum feed rate is 24 fpm and the machine weighs 400 lbs.
The 60” x 40” x 36” hot air model accepts pre-glued polyester, PVC and wood edgebanding in the same width range. The machine weighs 325 lbs. and has a maximum feed rate of 15 fpm.
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.
Contact: Safety Speed Cut, 13943 Lincoln St. N.E., Ham Lake, MN 55304. Tel: 800-772-2327. www.safetyspeedcut.com
Friday, 07 December 2007 10:31
Bosch has introduced a self-cleaning shop vacuum, the 13-gallon wet/dry Air Sweep (model 3931A), which has four different operating modes: regular vacuum, power tool activation, pulse-clean and pulse-clean with power tool activation.
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