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Weinig U17A Moulder11/14
I need a moulder to run custom flooring and decking at a small lumber mill. Max output would be a 2000 linear feet per day. I am considering a older (1979) good condition Weinig U17A if I can get it at a good price. Is there anything wrong with this machine for this application. Will it be expensive to operate because it is overkill?
The Weinig U-17a is in my opinion one of Weinig signature moulders, that was very well built.
Here are some things to think about that might be of concern, Weinig used to name the machine by the millimeters it could run in width. In your case a U stands for Unimat, 17 stands for 170mm working width (about 6-5/8" max), this may be an issue.
Another thing the older machines used to run timing belts (belts with grooves) on pulleys motor and spindle and have quick start motors.
Todays more modern moulders use soft start and have flat belts (better finish).
I personally have run a U-17A and its a great small Weinig moulder that's built like a tank.
Check bedplates for wear, before purchase, good luck!
Thanks Russ. This is very helpful