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Entry Level Edgebander7/10
I am looking a two different entry level edgebanders. The first is a Biesse Spark 5.3 it is used 1 year old the second is a Cantek MX340 automatic it is new. I can get both of these around the same price with the new Cantek being about $1,000 more. I wanted to know people's option on either of these or if there might be a better option around the $15,000 price range. I don't need a $50,000 edgebander at this time we do all faceframe construction so just something for shelves and that would be big enough that we could get into doing some closets.
I got a spark 5.3, it does the job. Mostly .018 and 1mm pvc. Rated for 3mm but seemed to struggle. Had issues with track pads getting torn off but warranty took care of it. All in all I'm happy with it though. It replaced a scmi k201 and if was a huge upgrade. Have had it about a year and probably 60,000 feet ran thru it.
I've got a Holz Her 1302 as a 2nd bander that we don't use much. Like most light duty banders they say it will run 3mm but it struggles. If you plan to put wood strips or HPL on be sure to prime them first.
I bought one of the first MX340's that came into Canada, in the summer of 2014 (three years this month).
I use it probably equally now for applying strips of 3mm solid hardwood, and 1.5mm and 2mm (some 3mm) PVC.
Since it is all manual set up, and was my first edge bander, it took several jobs to learn to set it up quickly and not second guess myself to death. It is a solid machine - basic, but does the job. Now it is also available with premill, and also corner rounding if you want. I have the basic machine (guillotine/end trim/top bottom trim/scraping & buffing).
We have a three man custom shop. Used here and there, not daily but I do fire it up often for short runs, with larger jobs every few weeks.
I'd buy it again. My buddy has a Felder costing more than twice what the 340 ism and doesnt do any better job.