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  1. wehope

    Hammer Time

    I had a request to discuss the DeWalt track clamp that I use on my sliding table. So here's a video that covers that and compares it to the Felder clamp that I also use:
  2. wehope

    Hammer Time

    While I could have gotten an 8", if you notice in the video, the tabs for the throat insert and the motor pivot mount would prevent using the full height and I'm sure I'd misjudge how high I could go and wreak the blade.
  3. wehope

    Hammer Time

    Options for a dado blade for my Hammer are somewhat limited. The Forrest Dado King or the Felder dado blade. I decided to go with the 6” Forrest blade as it was more like what I was used to, and a bit cheaper (relatively) This video shows what you get, how to mount the blade and a sample cut. https://youtu.be/EbeGKe30cfk
  4. I have an 8" joiner and I regularly have boards that are wider than 8". I was using carpet tape and plywood scraps to be able to run the boards through the planer, get the opposite side flat, pull off the plywood and remove the lip that was left from the joining process. But i frequently didn't have an appropriate scrap of plywood. Sometimes the carpet tape pulls the veneer off the plywood. So I decided to make a jig for the planer by using UHMD plastic, 3/4 plywood and a couple scrap blocks to make a jig for my planer. Build & usage:
  5. A couple weekends ago I picked up a dozen 4x8 sheets of 3/4 ply plus a few 1/2 sheets and a handful of 5x5 baltic birch. Plus one 3/4 MDF which was too awkward for me to even pickup. After getting all that into my shop, I was really tired. I had seen a panel dolly at the Home Despot website, but not wanting to wait to have it shipped, I grabbed a couple lawnmower weeks, a bolt, nut, some washers and a couple small scraps from my scrap bin. An hour later, I was moving panels around with a lot less effort. Details:
  6. Sliding table saws still need jigs to cut small parts or to make accurate odd cuts. No different than for a traditional saw. If you're going to take advantage of the sliding table, you'll have to approach your jig making differently. Feel free to post your jigs. Sliders are really good at handling sheet goods. But small parts on a stock machine, not so much. To address this, one of the first jigs you'd want to have is a Fritz & Franz. These are handy for cutting small parts, either cross-cut or ripping. You can get as simple or as fancy as you'd like. In the playlist below, I use a simple Fritz & Franz to make a more elaborate one.
  7. I thought it might be nice to go through some of differences between the two types of saws. Trying to be objective, I'd say that if you have limited budget or limited space, a traditional table saw would be more suitable (although small sliders are available). If you are working with larger pieces that are heavy or awkward, then a slider would be to your advantage (but you can easily do small pieces on a slider with the proper jig). A sliding table is essentially a built-in sled. Safety is inherently better in a slider, as long as you use it as a slider. You'll need 220v for a slider. This is just the high points. If you want a deeper dive, then you can check out:
  8. Mine came through their Delaware office, which is about 3 hours or so up the road. It appears they do monthly containers out of Europe. You won't end up with an exact delivery date until it's handed off to the trucking company and even that is iffy. I needed lift-gate service and it barely fit the lift. I'm not sure how a longer machine would have been delivered.
  9. The saw, with a lot of options and accessories: 2meter sliding table, dado arbor, scoring blade, outrigger with preset angles, upgraded shaper fence, fine-adjust rip fence, 3 blades, cleaner, etc. was just north of 10K. If you went with just a 2meter slider (no shaper), it's going to be about $2,500 or so less. Includes shipping. To cut smaller pieces, you use a jig called a "Fritz & Franz" which has a runner so it sits in the slot in the sliding table. You push it against the miter fence. Photo of my first one attached and that's what I used to cut the small piece. I'm making a second jig with stops, sandpaper faces and measuring tape. The first project video of the new one should be out this weekend.
  10. Hey Mick, That's a nice looking saw. You must have a bigger shop. The Hammer pretty much takes up most of a garage bay. I'm sure you'll love using it. I have video coming out today that a comparison between the two different styles, but it's more features than usage. The goal of my YouTube channel is to showcase sliding table saws and their benefits, and disadvantages. I don't know about you, but I kinda stumbled onto a slider and finding info took some scrounging. I can say that after having the Hammer for just 6 weeks, I'd never want to go back to a traditional saw. I had a pile of rough cut timber that needed straight line ripping that was waiting for my saw to arrive. I tried to run some of it through my band saw and even though I had help, it wasn't much fun. On the slider by myself, it was cake. Keep in touch. I'd be interested in hearing about your adventures with the Minimax. Bill
  11. There were a couple of things about a slider that appealed to me. First is safety. I never felt comfortable reaching over the blade when ripping on a traditional saw. Even doing cross-cuts, once you start working with widths over 13 or so inches or long heavy boards, it's a struggle to rip or crosscut. Now I stand/walk well to the left of the blade and even the heaviest pieces glide through the blade. On a slider, your work can be fixed to the table and you can concentrate on the cut. It's basically a built in sled, so you don't need to make a sled to do straight line rips to get a clean edge, leg tapers or cross cuts. The attached photo is a piece I cut using a Fritz & Franz jig (one of the few you would need on a slider) and my hands were never closer than 6". I'll probably end up making a sled to do Kumiko work. It is possible to use a slider like a traditional table saw and I'm sure there will be occasions that work on the right side of the blade. I have a 2-meter slider which allows me to cut to over 6' of material. I wish I had the space to go bigger. I'll be doing a tool review in a couple months. There are things I love and things I don't. But to get the perfect saw, I'd probably have to spend 5-10 times a much.
  12. About a year ago I finally got tired of the limitations of my Craftsman contractors saw. After looking at the offerings from the the usual suspects in the US, I had decided on a SawStop and had selected all options I wanted. All I had to do was wait for tax refund/work bonus season in the Spring. In the meantime, a video I had seen out of Germany, in German, of a guy who had a saw with a moving section next to the blade kept floating back from a memory. It took a while to find more videos and information, but once I did, I was really intrigued. I eventually ended up at the Felder Group's website. A few weeks later, I had a Hammer B3 on order. Covid delayed delivery for a month and half and it finally arrived at the end of July. While the saw's not perfect, I think I'm going to enjoy it more than the SawStop (a fine piece of equipment). More info in this YouTube playlist: I think it's a shame that sliding table saws aren't well known in the US. But since they are mostly a custom ordered machine, you're not going to see one on display at Woodcraft. If you're interested, take a look.
  13. I have purchased four Laguna tools, is this order: 1412 band-saw, 8" parallelogram joiner, 19-38 drum sander and 20" planer. I've been happy with all of them and customer service has been good. China is not Taiwan and Taiwan isn't China. These names are no more interchangeable than Canada and USA. Geetech, a Taiwanese company, manufactures most of the top consumer brands of consumer machines, as shown by this page: http://www.geetech.com.tw/index.php/en/strategic-partenrship My 8" Laguna joiner came with a Baileigh manual.