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I'm needing to purchase a power feeder for my table saw and am looking for suggestions. I currently use a 1/4 HP 3 wheel on the table saw that I'm going to move to a shaper that runs small parts. When using this feeder on the table saw usually with 1 1/2" x 6 - 8' long material it slips often. I wax the bed for better results and understand I can purchase better urethane wheels but,
I am wondering if any of you have used the 2 wheel feeders made specifically for the table saw such as the co-matic AF24. My thoughts are fewer wheels equals less wheel contact meaning more slipping.... what are you guys using and what should I be looking at?
Get the urathane wheels. They don't slip.
I use a 4 wheel 1 HP feeder I removed the second one from the back 2 infront of blade and one in the back and works perfect
I would go for a 3 or 4 wheel feeder as it gives you more flexibility down the road. A specialty feeder is probably going to cost as much or even more, and is limited in working on other machines.
I would also strongly recommend replacing your wheels. Stock rubber wheels are almost useless. There's really no reason to use them IMO.
We use a 4 wheel 8 speed and urethane tires.
Thanks guys, I ordered a co-matic 4 wheel 1 hp for this table saw. I'm going to weld up a mount that attaches to the saw cabinet. Thanks!
Good idea to make a mount for it. they put a lot of pressure on the saw extension if mounted there. I had a mount made for my 12/14" saw that is a post bolted to the floor with an arm that supports the feed above the table. Arm can swing around the post to allow may position. Saw is also bolted to the floor. Up graded the power to 10hp for ripping. Also had a socket made to bolt to the side of my SL16 SCM slider table. When the feed is removed the socket is totally below the table level. 4 wheel feeds are heavy! Plan for that.
I bought a hoist from grizzly 100 bucks or so and I raise mine to the ceiling when im domestic
One trick I found with the table saw and power feed is double wide wheels.
There special aluminum wheels that use a center bushing and bolt together thus giving more surface area to the wheel. I had them on a 3 wheel. We double up the front and rear wheels and left a single on the center which leaves room for the blade.
Also when the urethane tires wear out or get cut you cut them off and slide new tires right over the existing wheel using a simple plastic bushing.
Heres the link
They carry all the different hardnesses of rubber for whatever kind of material you use.