My production manager has our guys filing (by hand) laminate work that has come out of our $30K Brandt edgebander. Does this sound right? Do people still file by hand using those large farmer files?
I'm sure they have better tools and much faster on the market. And shouldn't we be able to calibrate our edgebander for no filing once it is done? We spend a lot of time filing laminate jobs and it drives me crazy as a business owner.
From contributor J:
Fire your production manager! There should never be hand work required after using a good production edgebander. If he can't set it up, get a tech down to teach you.
Your project manager should me judged by metrics and goals inline with your company capabilities, not the feedback from an open forum.
This has nothing to do with intended quality. You can get as good or better job off the bander as you can hand filing. Make sure your dust collection is good or your tracing wheels may bump over trimming junk. You are throwing money away filing. For face laminate, use the Amana "no file" router bits.
For those places you have to file, use real laminate files and change them fairly often.