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Recommendations for power feeders to feed osb in a truss plant2/5
We manufacture trusses, wall panels and pre-built stairs. We would like to install power feeders to handle osb on a table saw.
We are looking at the Powermatic feeders, but want to consider any other recommendations?
Maggi Steff feeders are the Cadillac of feeders. Contact J&G Machinery, Andy Shook for info and sales.
Are you aware of straight line ripsaws?
The Diehl SL55 and others are great for reliable, powerful and accurate work, and will feed and rip with much more speed and safety than a feeder on a table saw.
I use a Powermatic stock feeder for cabinet face frame stock. works good. How wide are the pieces your running. stock feeder mount directly to the table top and I can only rip pieces 7 inches wide with the feeder in place. Cutting osb you could run 65 feet a minute. I recommend 2 or 3 guys. 1 to feed, 1 to catch and move, 1 to stack and feed raw material to the guy feeding
I second a SLR saw. I am sure your tolerances are not super tight (like glue line) so you can get one that is not expensive and cut at over 100 feet a minute easily all day every day. A table saw will get pounded in short order. Diehl saws also pull the material slightly apart behind the blade which will make the saw blade last longer. There are lots of Rip saws on the used market.