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Festool laminate trimmer vs the rest4/7
I'm looking to increase the efficiency of edge laminating in our factory.
We are doing a lot of floating shelves in laminate board and then hand laminating the front edges. Also when we send doubled up panels for two pack painting we laminate the front edge so that the glue line of panel join doesn't eventually crack.
We currently use spray adhesive, let it tack up and use a Makita trimmer with a flush ball bearing trim bit to trim, then hand file to clean up.
When the glue supply runs out I am going to invest in this tensorgrip setup as I understand it's more cost efficient and quicker and more consistent to use.
I'm interested in the festool laminate trimmers. Iv'e never used one and the videos online don't really show me why I should spent about 10x the price on one of these compared to a normal laminate trimmer.
Would love to hear from anyone who ones one and if it greatly boosts efficency and quality.
I have also seen people edge parts in 1mm edging before sending off for two pack painting. This seems like a great time saver but I am sceptical of that glue line eventually cracking. Thoughts or experience?
Pardon my ignorance, but what is two pack?
I second the question. My ridgid laminate trimmers at under 100$ are excellent and I have been disappointed by all the plastic in festool tools. They don't stand up to a production environment. Had one of their hepa vacuums that got dropped 1 ft to ground and all four wheels snapped of the plastic housing rendering it useless. Could have bought 10 shop vacs for that one festool,
Popular here where I am. When we double up panels we laminate over the top to avoid the join line eventually cracking from expansion.
I am with Harold on this one.
I bought a couple of Ridgid laminate trimmers to try them out and eventually ended up adding a dozen of them. I like to have all the tooling dialed in so there are no set up & testing costs.
We did the same thing with Milwaukee EVS routers but didn't have exactly the same success. I like everything about the Milwaukee except the bearing life doesn't pencil out. If I could figure out how to replace these bearings myself with better quality I would buy another dozen of these routers again.
We also standardize on the 12Volt Milwaukee battery drills. We buy these reconditioned a dozen at a time as well. I find that having all the tooling set up in several locations saves a lot of hiking.
Ditto on the Ridgid laminate trimmers.
I agree with the others, generally festool is a huge waste of money. the only festool stuff I would buy is their one off stuff like the domino that no one else makes, but when it comes to most of their tools , save your money.