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Felder Machine build recommendations9/23
Looking at working in a smaller but more efficient space. As such, I am combining my machines albeit at a higher capability with the purchase of a Felder combination machine. I wanted to see if anyone that uses Felder equipment - sliding saw, shaper, etc would be able to comment on what might be considered an ideal build. It seems like Felder has lots and lots of options for this machine as well as many shared options between machines. Does anything stick out as need to have or even I have it but never use it, or wish I had included this in my build?
I also would like to know of tooling recommendations. I'm stepping up to a shaper and am planning to wait on tooling for that near term. I plan to purchase a cabinet insert cutterhead first and then see what I need besides that. I still have a router table with good selection of bits. If you have any Felder specific tooling advice of how I'm making a mistake, I'd love to consider it.
For the sliding saw, I plan on getting the mechanical scoring and to start, an ATB general purpose blade and flat tooth ripper. I can't find a lot on Felder blades so I'm interested to know everyone's setup.
I do a lot of custom cabinet and solution based work with occasional furniture.
I have a Felder F700 shaper with a sliding table that I bought used 7 or 8 years ago. It's worked really well and has held up to almost daily use. We use it mostly for cope cuts on rail ends for material up to 1.75" thick. Solid machine.
I bought new a 700 saw shaper in the early 2000s. It was a very good machine. It is a pain to switch back and fourth but planning out the cuts helps. The tilt spindle on the shaper is great. I currently have a F700 shaper and as duster says it is a good machine. I sold the slider/shaper when I got a cnc. We build mostly cabinets seldomly machined lumber over 2" thick.
I had 10 hp which was more then I ever needed. Felder blades are good and your blade choices are good. You might want to get two of each so you have one to use when the other is sent out for sharpening. Might want to consider a plwood/melamine blade. Scoring is a good option. I had 3/4" and 1 1/4" shaper spindles. Used a lot of Grizzly cutters and they actually worked good. Also used Byrd insert heads for cope and stick. Felder and European tooling in general seemed to me to be over engineered and cost a pretty penny for what I needed. I also had the high speed router spindle which was pricey but worked well. The slider worked great for straight edging with the optional edging shoe.
Have a 700 series saw/shaper for about a year. Mostly cabinets and built-ins but moving towards furniture.
Features i like: 8' slider, power switch on slider, 52" rip capacity, small extension and fence, feeder drop down with assist.
Things I need to add: tenon plate for doors, clamp
Wish I had: larger motor, mine is 5hp
Forgot what erik mentioned. The flip down power feeder bracket is one of the slickest and simplest things around. I liked it so much I bought another one and adapted it to my unisaw.