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Brandt KD-65 Optimat3/10
To the owners of this machine. We inherited
We still need to do file work after the product exits the machine, which is of course time consuming. We are also considering getting into some textured melamine products where file work is risking.
Will this machine be capable of producing a finished product after being addressed by a tech in your opinion or will we be forced to upgrade/outsource.
I am not sure which machine you have. My first edgebander in 1989 was a Brandt A 1000 or A 1100. On YouTube, they show a Brandt KTD 65 which appears to be about what my A 1000 was. If this machine weighs about 700 to 800 pounds, it is too light for any precise work. I ended up upgrading to a Holtzher, a heavier machine and later to a Brandt 76 Optimat. The Brandt 76 Optimat weighs about 3,500 # or so. My feeling is that a heavier machine is better. But, regardless of the machine, you need to have someone that can fix and keep these machines in tune. You just cannot afford to have Tech support all the time and the person running the machine needs to be constantly checking the finished product.
Do the manufactures offer training for their equipment of any real significance?
Stiles Machinery is the distributor for Brandt. You can call them they are in Grand Rapids Michigan. They can give you a history of the machine when it was bought who bought it and if there's been any service. They are a good company but they will want to charge you for tech-support.
But you will need to learn the machine. You or someone working with you is going to have to learn how this machine operates. This machine has manual sensors these are relays that trigger the actions of the cutters and routers. You need to learn how these work. If your cuffs are off, you may have to move these relays by loosening them and sliding them one way or another.
Another important issue is track tension. If the track tension is not set correctly, your cuts can be off because the board is slipping.
To work on these adjustments, you will need to disable the Safty Shutoff attached to the hood. This is okay for service. Learn about the machine and if possible have one person responsible for the machine. This person does not necessarily have to run it all the time. More like the guy to go to if the parts are not coming out right.
This is a light machine and has limitations. You really cannot do 3mmedging or 3mm wood.
I hope this helps. Edgebanders can be frustrating.
Thanks Paul. Stiles is the company who is supplying the tech. My plan was to have a tech give it a once over and see what the machine could produce in top form and make a decision from there if an upgrade is needed.
We have gotten tech support from Eric Steffins. He worked for Stiles for many years and his rates are about two thirds those of Stiles. This past fall. We gave him our old A 1000 to use for parts, so he might be a good source for help.
I am in Michigan, I don't know where you are located. Eric is also in Michigan. I will get you a phone number tomorrow if you like.
Thanks for the offer Paul. Unfortunately we are located in NJ