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Drill & Dowel insert machine1/10
We are looking to purchase a drill & dowel inset machine. We are looking at Biesse ELIX, SCM's OMAL HBD 1300, Gannomat index 130 logic, and a KOCH sprint ptp basic. I am just wondering if any of you have any experience with or issues with any of these machines. Any input would be great. Thanks
Have you considered A weeke at all? Only one I have experience on.
Omal 1300 HBD hands down- you can also get the same machine with a Biesse sticker if you like. The main reason we chose this machine after years of research is the simplicity and consistency laser measuring system. It's as fool proof and consistent as you can get, especially for a custom shop. Support has been fantastic and their vertical drill is the best option to maintain redundancy should our CNC go down and we want to do all machining. It's a little slower than some of the barcode driven systems, or those for high flow of the same parts, but simple and reliable.
Omal 1300 HBD, 4+ yrs and only a couple minor hiccups. We do, I would guess, around 80K-100K dowels a year.
We recently put our OMAL out to pasture. The machine was in service about 10 years with fair reliability. The PC required 3 power supply changes and the software could not manage well if a device was plugged in differently than original. The operation when working was good. The dowel pivoting mechanism was the thing that made it necessary to replace it. The dowels would not align to the sensor cleanly. We replaced it with a Weeke. This unit has a different dowel insertion system. I like it. The machine is solid!