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Cutting with slide saw, do I need premill?1/25
Starting a new cabinet shop and getting the equipment lined up. Going to start with a nice slide saw with a scoring blade. Do I need a pre-mill edgebander to make a quality edge? Thanks for your input
Edit - I'm discussing cutting laminated sheet goods
I would say yes. We also use a sliding table saw and it it almost impossible to make the scoring blade line up 100% perfect. I bought a cantek bander a few months ago and got it with pre mill. This is our first real edge bander and we are almost 100% face frame construction so it only runs about an hour a week. I am so glad that I spend the extra little bit it cost to get pre mill. Right now I am doing a job with doors that get edged with 1mm banding. I cut the parts exact size set pre mill to 1mm and go it takes off 1mm then the banding makes up for it. In the end doors are exact size.
I'm getting great results on a Cantek MX330/Grizzly Budget edgebander without premill.
We recently did a job with white, and after switching the machine over to white glue were getting virtually perfect results.
I have spent quite a bit of time tweaking the scoring blade to get as close to a perfect cut as possible, and I still have to keep an eye on it. I double check it before cutting doors, or other parts where a seam would be more apparent.
That being said, if you can find a machine in the budget with premill. I'd go for it. While I'm perfectly happy with the results I'm getting now, premill seems like it would make it that much easier to hand over cutting parts and edgebanding to an employee.
I am not sure what kind of saw you are looking at, but I have a SCM sliding saw with a scoring blade that comes with a ton of shims, it is very easy to make perfect cuts. I would say that for years and years there were not many premill banders around, it is a newer option and started on the more expensive banders. I use a Brandt bander and have never had a problem. It all comes down to what your budget is. Woodworking equipment is just like cars, you can buy a Ferrari or you can by a Lada, you basically get what you pay for.