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  1. Item has sold. Item Description/Model #: Hammer A3-31 Jointer/Planer combo. Machine has the mobility kit installed, DRO, Silent-power spiral cutterhead, and two of the 400mm extensions. Unit is just over a year old, have to sell for shop move. Original price was $5600 on sale. Machine is in great condition. Price: $4000 Does the price include shipping? No Accepted Payment Methods: Cash or PayPal. All other forms of payment must be discussed. Pickup Location: Gilbert, AZ.
  2. I know there are some who really love this machine, however I am not the biggest fan. Bed lengths are rather short and don't get me started on that shitty fence. Sorry, but it is the glaring weak spot of this unit. I have an A3-31 with the bed extensions, digital readout, mobility kit, and the spiral cutter head. The accessories are actually rather nice additions to the machine with one exception, the bed extensions are shit. The manner in which they secure to the side rails is simply not rigid enough if you start using 8/4 and 12/4 material as the weight of the wood is enough to cause them to sag over time. One attachment point is insufficient as there was too much emphasis on quick release capabilities with little thought as to the implications it may have for the rigidity of the mounting. If you could increase the bed length and outfit this machine with a much more substantial fence then honestly I think you would have a real winner without any compromises in a combo machine. As much as I bitch above about some of the short comings of the unit, it is still probably the best of the combo units you hear of much use with here in the states. It has plenty of power, some good features in a small package and most of the materials are nice and well built. I personally look forward to the day where I can redo the machine setup with a new garage and transition over to two stand alone machines. You also have to ask yourself how much you really enjoy swapping over between functions. While easy, it still takes a good minute or two unless you're rushing it with each change over.
  3. Nice, glad all is finally well. I'll have to look at mine sometime to see if there's a way to adjust it so it doesn't oscillate so much.
  4. I cannot believe this still has not been resolved. I really hope that they get this taken care of soon. Makes me really hope I don't have any issues with mine or my Laguna bandsaw. Damn that sucks.
  5. Lovely, yours was probably in the same batch as mine as I had it preordered too. I'll be curious if your new one does it too
  6. The motor on my 16-32 does this exact thing. I've been meaning to look at it as I'm concerned about this as well. I have been nervous watching that motor move.
  7. I am looking to sell a bosch router combo that is gently used. Trying to eliminate some of my tools I don't use very much and would like to get 200 for it with an edge guide included. I also have a new in box edge guide that could be thrown into the deal for an extra $15. I'll cover shipping up to the first $20 and after that it's on you.
  8. Fills up fast and as you can imagine, there will be many more. Work is looking good, time to give that front slab some love to accommodate some hardware.
  9. Yes. The leg chop, tail vise end cap, and sliding deadman are all made from cherry.
  10. I honestly do not know why I didn't even think to do that. I should have done that long ago to take advantage of the tail vise sooner.
  11. While there are certainly many threads of everyone building their Roubo benches, I figured I would make a quick one to bring things up to speed on my build. I should have started this thread early into the build as then maybe I would have taken more photos. But here it is: Nothing like a truck full of lumber. This build is all hard maple and touches of cherry. I totally underestimated how long it would take to mill so much hard maple to laminate the tops, did not take pictures during the process as I was constantly emptying the bin on my dust collector. Two days of milling and two different glue ups resulted in two slabs. Ended up losing about a quarter inch in thickness due to an unnoticed issue with my Hammer A3-31 fence, which caused my initial planing of the front slap to get out of square (Wrote a thread about it a few months ago). Getting the dog hole strip completed and attached was fairly uneventful as was the first iteration of my cherry end cap. This project marked many firsts and the most trying of which was hand cutting the dovetails into the front laminate piece and the end cap. While trying to relieve a tight space I nicked myself with a sharp chisel... Rather than call it a day and let myself relax and forget about how stupid I was with the chisel, I set things into a cascade of bad decisions. I was rushing to get things done as I had to go to work and had a bunch of court that was quickly approaching so I rushed...and in the process I ended up blowing apart my first cherry end cap while trying to force a joint which was too tight. That was mistake #2. So I quickly milled another end cap out of cherry, but had to call it a wrap for the time being. I did not get back to the build until the next week, which marks mistake #3. I was a little disappointed when I discovered that the piece had developed a bow in it that I had to now remove. Had to get a little creative in its placement so I could minimize any issues with it later on. I would have remade it if it were not for the fact that I made the piece out of curly maple. After that fiasco I finally got moving onto the base, which was not too much of a problem at all, pretty straight forward. Legs and base came out well. Chiseling into the end grain of the assembled base was a little unnerving as I really did not want to destroy that leg as I made the dog hole relief cut. Just took it nice and slow. Ledger strips for the shelf took a little trial and error for making a nice fit as well. Flattening was a long process as well, even with a new bit I still had some tear out on the back laminate. If it were not for my choice to salvage the front laminate piece of curly maple I botched I would have had very little loss of material during the flattening process. I lost just shy of 1/8" on the front laminate in order to get it down to the level of the curly maple where I had the low spots. Because I left the back slab slightly over size I ended up taking off closer to 1/4" of material off the back slab. This proved to be a bad call on my end as I failed to notice that since I was taking everything at a fairly quick single pass that I was getting some good amount of tear out on the back slab. I sanded it to 220 and put two coats of Tried and True Oil Varnish as recommended by Mark in the build. I am still putting finish on the back side of the sliding deadman. But here are a couple pictures which bring things up to my current spot in the build as I near the finish line. I am going to make the gap stop this week and then I need to decide on what I am going to do about the dogs themselves. I have not made them as I really wanted to wait for SawStop to come out with the damn lift for my PCS. I don't have a lot of space and would really like to make those on a router table. Anyone have any ideas on how difficult it would be to make all of the dogs by hand on the bandsaw? Should I just wait as I know it is supposed to come out this spring. The wait is killing me.
  12. Very good news, will have to slowly replace some of my old stones as the Shapton's are nice!
  13. I don't think it's about tilting the fence for bevels being an issue, I think it's just a weakness of the fence system in general. It seems like a few of us have had this issue. I personally got frustrated with Hammer tech support as I work nights and the hours I can talk to them are when I sleep and it's a lot of voicemail phone tag. It also never seemed that they could not figure out the issue trying to pretend as if the fence was not known to be an issue. I can use mine reliably now for edge jointing only if the fence is set within four inches of the front. Anywhere else and it will start slipping from 90. I like a lot about the machine but hate that fence after days of screwing with it. Only tool to ever give me hell. Personally I'd buy a SawStop again any day of the week or else I'd buy a powermatic if that wasn't a feature I wanted. Hammer / Felder sales reps are great, haven't been impressed enough with tech support.