|Home » Forums » Professional Furniture Making » Message||Login|
You are not logged in. Consider these WOODWEB Member advantages:
Hammer Felder saw8/1
Would like to get some objective feedback from owners of Hammer's K3 and Felder K500 table saws. Other than promotional videos not a lot of reviews out there. Furniture maker here so saw will be lightly used and well cared for. Please no posts regarding used Martins or Altendorfs. Just looking for honest feedback from owners.
Looks like I'm in good company because I was wondering the same thing.
Good saw for the small shop. Not really a production saw. If you are building lots of casework, you might want something beefier, like an Altendorf. :/
Only used a Felder CF 531 combination machine. Wired it up, never had to call Felder yet. We use it in an industrial design model shop, so light use, but it was installed nearly 15 years ago. I hated the rip fence on that machine, so modified it and installed a Biesemeyer.
I have a K500. It's a fine saw and the sliding wagon is flawless in its function. The X-roll table is impressively detailed. If your options restrict you to a shorter stroke slider the Felder is a fine choice. I'm in Los Angeles if you want to look at it.
We have a k500s and have been running it for 4 years now. It is a good saw and I will tell you the issues rather than the benefits to keep the post short. The saw has good power and we have never ever stalled it. It will cut 9 feet and I have at times cut 10 foot 3 solid surface quite a few times.
The bearings on the scoring blade are starting to go but I an not sure if this is due to the amount of use or if we had a set of unbalanced scoring blades on for a while. Had a bad sharpening job one time. The riving knife is held in place with an aluminum spacer block bolted to a pressed metal bracket. Thus the knife can get pushed out of alignment with twisting or lateral force. I think that fielder should have made a cast piece or a heavier bracket to hold the riving knife. Not a performance issue, it's just an observation. The outrigger adjusts easily along the sliding table but you have to make sure it is well seated before locking it in place as it will be put of square if not held down firmly. The adjusting bolt for the out rigger squaring is a coarse thread, should be a fine thread to allow more precision. The scoring blade lateral adjustment bolt also has a fast action making it a bit tricky to set the lateral position of the blade before locking it. Once it's set, no problem. We use Mdf to test the alignment. The extension guide on the outrigger is held with 2 hand bolts to the hold downs. If the extension arm is returned to the shortest position aggressively it will actually knock the whole guide towards the blade without you knowing and thus setting the crosscut length shorter. We use a wrench to tighten it down as you can't tighten enough by hand. Just have to treat it gently when going from 8 foot crosscut to compact position.
If you need more info you can email me