Posted January 26, 2014
This machine was difficult to use. I was constantly adjusting the guides. When I was starting the banding it would super heat the tape curl the top a raise it up on the wood. I was ran over 500' of 10' pieces of oak plywood 5" wide through and I found it very difficult to keep pressure against the wheel and the feed speed constant at the same time. Not to mention I had to re-iron half the edge band after I was done ever though I had the heat as high as it would go. The feed table also had a skinny 3/4" post to hold the banding that has a 5" or bigger hole, so it goes everywhere. Did not work good at all for my application I returned it after use because it was so frustrating.
I have this machine and used...
Posted April 23, 2013
I have this machine and used it to make the cabinets in my house. works like a charm. I solved the 4" issue by marking a place on the infeed metal plate where when the back edge of the plywood meets it I hit the cutter. Works great. I leave about 1/2 inch on the end for cutting. Found too that mineral spirits will dissolve the excess glue on the guides. Just take them off and soak them overnight. Hope it helps.
I have this machine for a...
Posted March 29, 2013
I have this machine for a few years. I added a big center hub to better control the roll and moved the little hub to the closest corner to have tighter infeed to the guides with less sideways stress. I want to add. The guides needed fiddling once, since then through different brands of edging I never had issues. The level of heat and speed depend on the brand of PVC I have used. Some go much quicker. I friend of mine with an air machine that works at much lower heats says it depends on the freshness of the PVC/glue. I have never figured out how to use the cutter without losing 4" of edging on every cut, so I use a razor. To the fellow who can only do shelves, if the edging is hot it will stick well even if turned on the table. Or do the top and bottom, trim, and then do the two opposite sides. A great machine overall. Another point I always have to back it up to a wall to stop it from sliding as I press to make sure getting I am good contact.
I've been building a set of...
Posted August 18, 2012
I've been building a set of about 30 Euro-style cabinets for my home and shop. The instructions on this product were pretty much gibberish, but it's easy to see reason out how things are supposed to work. Most of my initial pain was related to developing the right technique. Next was getting the alignment right. Once those were once that was down, the machine works great. I find the cutter on the machine only useful when finishing a run of panels. I use shears to cut the tape between panels - awkward, but functional.
I have had this for a...
Posted December 2, 2011
I have had this for a couple of years now and I'm not that satisfied with it. You can only band straight pieces so its only worth having if your constantly banding shelves. The big thing to keep in mind is how the banding moves up and down the piece and it goes along. I'm constantly having to calibrate it which is a total pain. I have to get extrawide banding to account for the movement. I can't stand having to rip off banding because 1/2way through a long shelf, the banding goes out of line.