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Small portable gluepot edgebanders2/10
I'm thinking getting one of those small portable gluepot edgebanders, but I've been able to find only very little info on the usability of those or the quality of the results.
The ones I'm talking about are like this:
or this one, which seems to be the same, only branded differently:
I do not need portability, the main reason I need it is to be able to move away from hot air preglued banding (because of it's very limited local availability in other colors besides white) and the price of the bigger machines which are now out of my range.
The main questions is:
- Does (can) this setup produce comparable results to those produced by bigger machines in terms of quality? (I know it can not compete in terms of speed, quantity, usability and so on, but I'll leave those concerns for next year).
I know the final results mostly depend on what you do after gluing (trimming, beveling, sanding, buffing...), but is the actual gluing part good enough so that it won't be the limiting factor in the overall quality of the edgebanding, assuming subsequent operations are done properly.
The long term plan is to eventually switch to a bigger machine but that is not possible right now.
Any thoughts on this are appreciated.
I know some people don't like doing this but have you looked at financing a larger machine. We have a Cantek mx350 which even has premill. They make a cheaper one that does not. When we compared the cost of the payment to the amount of time saved it was a no brainer. The payment is just over $200 a month. When you consider the time saved by having a bander that your panel will be perfect when it comes out the other end is wonderful. Any time savings can be used to build boxes or something else that is making you more money and increasing the amount of work you can put through. It also allowed us to get into frameless cabinets and be able to sell them at a good price and make money at them. Frameless cabinets are where the money is at. When we bought it we only used it for adjustable shelves for the first couple of months.
Thank you for the reply.
"Proper" edgebanding machine is the first thing on the shopping list for the new shop.
But I need something soon for few upcoming projects that will be done in my current shop.
You might have thought of this but didn't mention it in your post. If I were in your position and only needed better banding for a few jobs, I would outsource it to a local shop with a decent bander. It's the cheapest, simplest and best quality solution by a long shot. If that's not an option, consider buying a portable bander that you could still use for curved parts after relocating to more space. Otherwise you end up with a tiny bander that produces poor to mediocre quality and hasn't paid for itself in the few jobs you have lined up.
If you want something that is small and will store easily I would look at the festool one. It will do curves also. This way when you get in a shop and have room for a larger bander the festool will still be useful just for curves. It is also handheld and or will mount in a table.
Oggie i bought one of these and trimmer
Thank you guys for your valuable insights.
But, from time to time I get to do some commercial offices and then I spend a lot of time gluing edge bands cut from laminate sheets with contact cement, and lot of manual trimming, filing, cleaning the glue and so on. The results are good, but not worth the effort.
I have also tried to use preglued bands in the same color/design as the sheet material itself, but it was really bad: even if they were more than twice the price than simple white ones I buy locally, they were really bad: they did not stick well at the temperature they could withstand, and if you use higher temperature then they shrink, deform, wrinkle and so on... and still did not stick much better.
I have looked at the Festool, but don't know much about those either, has anyone tried to use it to glue 300-600 ft daily from a roll, by mounting it on a table and sliding straight edge parts through it?
Well, all that being said, is there any "beginner's" edge banding machine, that someone is familiar with and can confirm that it produces nice results (even if it may require additional operator's work on a parts after the machine in comparison to professional ones), that is smaller in size (maybe even movable if it's mounted on a platform with wheels)?
Tadhg, you mentioned Edgemaster or Virtuex, can you specify which models you had on your mind?
Thank you all,
We have two of the festool machines we use for curved edges. We run them every day. Great machines for the price.
I have no doubt that they are great for curved (or straight) countertops and such things (where there're usually few per project), but are they good enough for efficiently banding a lot of (120+ pcs.) short (< 30") straight edges in a bulk, since that is a problem I'm trying to address?
I also have the Festool Conturo. You have to cut the banding a few inches longer than the part and feed it into the machine for each part. I imagine it's the same for all portable banders that don't have a cutoff mechanism. Clamping and unclamping the panel takes longer than banding the part. I've considered buying the gizmo that lets you mount it upside down in a table. It'd be useful to band beveled edges quicker than spray glue.
my small hot air edgebander has a cutter (guillotine) that operates by hitting the lever with your palm, and then you just manually push the banding few inches forward and it's ready for the next part.
On the other hand, it seems that the Festool has some "Start" button that you need to push at the start of each edging, and the band need to be precut to certain length and inserted into the feeder prior the operation, otherwise it will not stop by itself once your part is through. Also you have to synchronize your push with the start of band feed after you hit the start button... I'm not sure if I'm right about all this, but if I am I think that may not be the best solution for processing large number of straight short pieces, simply because of those additional preparation steps each piece requires.
Anyway, I think it's a great machine for doing countertops or shelves(straight or curved) and I have plans to purchase it in the future, but right now all my countertops are made with laminate sheets glued with contact cement, including edges too. But I don't have many of those and the speed is not concern, whereas with usually 120+ cabinet parts per job I would prefer something with less steps per each cycle.
But, like I said, I do not have direct experience with it, my opinion has been formed from watching few youtube videos. If anyone has managed to setup that machine for efficient edgebanding of large number of straight and short edges of cabinet parts and share that with us that would be great.
Oggie virtulex eb 135 safety speed 70 ha
yes, that's what I'm basically interested in: can it produce good results - doesn't really matter now how, cause I'm sure I will find acceptable solution somehow. The only question is: is the gluing operation alone good enough so that will not be a problem in finished look if the subsequent operations like trimming, beveling, buffing... are done good.
I canít tell you bout color options. All I run is birch. And. Pre finish maple. I never run white or any other color as most of my clients want edges same color as paint. On doors but there are great bargains on buy and sell on threads here. I missed out on virtulex. Buy one day. Gutted it was barely used and great price. So if you can wait ide search and search. Mabey you have better luck tadhg
I suppose birch or maple, or any other genuine wood banding should be good regarding the heat caused problems.