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We try and buy our moulding but I feel a Moulder may be in our future so we can control timing and quality.
We have a US Concepts arch moulder with the straight moulding accessories and a W&H moulder.
We have heads and make crown in odd species and other moulding now. We also run multiple profiles on changers. The problem we would run into is a nicked knife and lines in the moulding that take time to sand out.
I am considering getting a grinder so we can grind/sharpen our own tools. I realize the math does not work on this and buying multiple knifes makes more sense in the short run but I like control and we will likely get a moulder in the future and this will put us one step ahead.
What is needed to grind quality knifes?
What question should I ask that I have not?
I would need to be able to grind corrugated shaper tooling 4" diameter and 1-1/4 bore.
In order to make in house tools you will need:
Cutoff saw to cut the steel
Profile Grinder to meet your needs
Be aware of the major wear points such as bearings, adjustment rods and nuts, back clearance castings, etc.
While using the profile grinder you will need
I general tell people that it will cost between $6500 and $25,000 to set up a good tool room for a small to medium shop. This range depends upon specific needs of each shop.
If you find a small moulder, you need to allow for dust extraction hookup, electrical hook up, pneumatic hook up and rigging.
Dr. David Rankin
Here is a great web site to start on.
Be careful when buying used machines, Like Dave said, check them out carefully.