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festool or felder small bander7/9
I operate a medium-sized custom millwork shop. We mostly build custom wood doors and also provide millwork installation services. We build some custom cabinetry but we do not, generally, take on kitchens or large cabinet jobs. Our edgebander seems to have taken it's last breath. Does anyone own and operate either the Festool or Felder portable edgebander. Each seems like a good fit for our shop. I will need to produce a quality glue line but high production is a low priority for us. I can't see investing $20K in a new staionary bander.
How about spending $5-8K for a quality used bander? If it is a matter of space then go for a hand held but if it's money I would think an extra couple of thousand for a stationary bander is the way to go.
Just bought the festool and the same experience was had for every festool purchase
If you go with the portable, get yourself a floor mounted vacuum stand to hold the parts while banding. Makes it much easier and you can work all the way around w/o repositioning. The biggest hassle with the portable is trimming. The glue always seems to gum up the trimmer.
Festool. Absolutely no comparison to this in the portable market.
For those who like the Festool can I ask if you have prior experience using a larger stationary bander?
Reason I ask is b/c my HolzHer bander has one foot in the grave and I really don't want to spend a ton on a newer one. It doesn't get enough use to warrant a large investment, but definitely don't want to try and go without one. I just fear that the Festool is so slow and fussy, (compared to a large stationary bander), I'll lose patience with it quickly and it'll be a waste of money? To me, (not having used one), it seems like a step between using an iron and graduating to a large bander?
So we set up the festool in a table and itís much faster than the iron option for our small shop
The big machine bander seemed to always need tuning and maintenance if not more parts and service