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hot air bander choices4/17/20
For those of you using a hot air edgebander, have any of you had success with preglued ABS or Polypropylene banding? I have a Vitap air bander that is perfect for me at this time but I usually only use it for wood veneer. The PVC I tried just will not work consistently as it softens to easily even at low temps. thanks. ps.Not interested in another machine right now.
I have a MiniMax ME-15 hot air bander that I've been running for over 15 years. I use .5 & 1mm wood and pvc banding, both feed well without too many issues. It will not run polyester banding (the type usually applied by hand with an iron) at all. I do run the pvc at a lower temp, around 375 degrees. That's because the pvc would get a little soft and not feed well at the temp I use for the wood banding, which is around 425 degrees.
I get the Not needing a new bander, I moved at the pace the jobs could pay for tools.
That said moving to a glue pot edgebander was probably the best single tool decision i made in 2000 yet that bander (Brandt KD53) gave me capacity to do basically anything i wanted at any level.. if you are out to make a living at this then put one in your plans for when ever that is.. one day the jobs will tell you waht they want kinda like moving from wood to PVC.
While I have moved up to much larger equipment and have multiple banders. that Brant is still a working tool !
Glad you are in the Trade !
I own a small mom and pop shop. We use a Virutex EB 25. I have found that different brands of banding work better than others in my machine. I usually buy from Edgeco and both there pvc and wood tapes work the best. I usually run the PVC at 700. I had not tried to run ABS or polypropylene. You might want to call around and see how f you can order small quantities from different sources to see what works best. Hope this was helpful.
thanks everyone. I thought maybe pvc was off the table for a hot air unit but I am going to contact edgeco and frama-tech to try to get some test rolls. I also had been using Charter out of New York. And i'd like to start using the 1mm wood rolls as I seem to get some ply-edge telegraphing through the .5 wood edge.
James thanks for your reply. I agree and if I had the space and did more banding I would definitely upgrade. Since the 2008 recession over 50% of my business is now bath remodeling and I have been buying cabinets elsewhere. But with the shutdowns I decided to build 2 of the 3 kitchens I have in the works.
there are some small glue pot machines for a little over 2500.00, made by makisa or something like that. all my local sheet goods suppliers have them for sale. better than a hot air machine and 110V. for a small shop for occassional use, they are pretty good and you can use any tape. there were days when our older brandt was down that i wanted to go buy one. now we have a new brandt ambition with premill and corner rounding.