On 10 Feb 2004 11:32:50 -0800, email@example.com (Matt Pringle) wrote:
I've been eyeballing the one just below it on the same page - G4185.
This one has a pneumatic clamp and can accomodate three-spindle boring
heads. Seems to me like *the* way to go if you're doing doweled
construction. At $1700 with a 3 spindle boring head though, it's not
Questions: Can you use just 2 of the 3 spindles on a 3 spindle head?
Are there any more cost effective alternatives out there that you know
On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 09:58:04 -0500, "Young_carpenter"
(re: cheaper alternatives to $1700 horizontal boring machine)
But in the long run, I gotta figure it's much much *less* cost
effective. First off, you have to mark the boards so they mate
properly. This need not be done with an HBM as you can just rig a
stopper block and leave it and the table height alone. Secondly, the
accuracy will greatly suffer. With an HBM you get precision boring to
a set depth, width, height and circumference (versus the wobble of a
hand drill, or even the possibly angled in approach of the board if
you have a fixed bit HBM). Thirdly, every little iota that the joint
is off you'll need to sand down to make flush. That takes time as
well. Lastly, it would have to be pretty unusual to have a messed up
boring if you've already got it set up properly. The pneumatic clamp
keeps the stock stock still. (Huh?). Therefore, if you even save a
couple hours a month you're ahead of the game. Plus - it's a very
cool tool (VCT?).
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