After 4 days of the the show checking out casadei, fielder, Scmi, I can't decide. I'm in the market for a combo because I have a 1400 sq. ft. Shop. We do 3-4 kitchens a year, vanities, media centers and built ins. Most of which are frameless. 12" planet jointer is fine for us ( yes 2 machines would be great but we don't have the space)
Felder (hammer) was quoted as $4200 plus freight and tax (proprietary helical cutter "silent power")
Scmi (mini max with straight knife tersa cutter) quoted at $3800 plus freight and tax.
Casadei never got back to me. Which one?
$4200 plus $450 s/h plus tax for 12" hammer
(silent power helical)
$7000 for felder 12" plus $? s/h plus tax (silent power helical)
$3800 for minimax 12" plus s/h plus tax
(straight knife tersa)
Or....$6100 (no tax, I pick up local) for an AD741 with reg. old straight knives (electric rise fall and digital) used on ebay
I am wondering why you want to spend 6100.00 4200.00 for a 12" planer jointer combo. You can get a 12" Grizzly combo for 2595.00 I have used the spiral planer and jointer and they do an excellent job. you could by separate units from them with roller bases included for 3045.00 that is 8" jointer and 15" planer? just my two cents worth.
you have a 1400 square foot shop, you are looking at 12" planer/ jointer, nothing in that says beefy. But what I told you is beefy if you go with seperates and roll the planer out of the way when not using it. plus it is 15" wide cut instead of 12 and is cast iron and heavy through out. I never like spending a lot extra for a name. Once you buy it is worth pennies on the dollar.
In my 1,000 s/f, we have 2 - 3' x 8' benches, Delta table saw, 18" Powermatic planer, 8" Delta Joiner, Powermatic tenoner, Maka mortiser, Powermatic mortiser, SCMI shaper, Delta shaper, CTD miter saw, 24x32 router table with feeder, 14" band saw, foot powered guillotine, lathe, drill press, air compressor and a 3 phase converter. The miter saw and router table are on wheels.
We work mostly solid wood, so the planer and joiner are prominent and would not work if we had to change over from one to the other.
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