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I'm curious if any of you (in North America) (it doesn't necessarily have to be North America) have bought a new tenoner in the last few years? Where'd you get it/ who made it? Would you buy it again? I have a 1987 griggio gt4 I bought out of a jeld-wen when they stopped making wood windows. I love it but I'm the only one in my shop that can even begin to get it set up and it's getting warn out and I'm not sure how bad I want to rebuild it. I like the idea of the barrel cutters doing most of the work and most of my tooling is set up for that sort of system plus I like the potential versatility of an easy to adjust/set up.
I would talk to Jenkins about both single and double end tennoners. Most single end machines are now CNC. We have a couple they are very flexible. The tooling might be cost prohibitive.
At present we are using a Soukup Temac in the shop. It is CNC with a 330mm shaft for stack tooling. Cutting is possible on the forward and back stroke to take advantage of split tooling. Fence and saw blade are automatic positioning and the machine can be run in manual mode by entering part length and tenon or slot style.
In automatic mode the windows and frames are designed in WinCreator software and parts are cut with automatic setting of the shaft, saw blade and cross fence. Shops In the UK are using this machine and the larger Soukup Crafter to cut all parts for double hung windows including the frame. The machine can accept third party door and window software. EZ Windoor for example.
Here are pictures of white oak tilt and turn window frames we ran Friday. This involves 3 tenon and slot cuts, all stacked on the machine. We will be running sash early this week and will get more pictures.
I think a CNC tenoner working with quick setting shapers is a good way for the smaller window and door shop that does a large variety of work. For us every job is different.
What Joe said...