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Machine size question

Postby Joe Dusel » Wed, Aug 26 2009, 11:54PM

I do furniture and cabinet making. In the almost 20 years that I have done woodworking I think I have used 4' x 10' panels maybe twice, and I have never used 5' x 5' Baltic birch. I am having a hard time figuring why I would want a machine with a table larger than 4' x 8'. Do you folks with this size machine regret for some reason not having a larger table? It would seem to me that if you had a bigger table you would also need a bigger vacuum pump. Is that right?

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Re: Machine size question

Postby Jon Kenworthy » Thu, Aug 27 2009, 9:18AM

We've had a 4X8 table for our machine for about 2 1/2 years and have been satisfied with this size. The 5X10 material is not readily available in our area, so I suppose that would make a difference if it was. We do use 5X5 material but we end up cutting a foot off the edge so we end up with a 4X5 sheet, we always find something to use the offall for. We do mostly commercial work so we use a lot of melamine. The best I can recall if you get a 4X8 table you really can't use a rotary playback device, so that would be something to consider.

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Re: Machine size question

Postby Joe Dusel » Thu, Jan 14 2010, 12:22PM

Thanks for the response Jon.

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Re: Machine size question

Postby Jeremy Schiffer » Thu, Jan 14 2010, 1:55PM

Yes you would need a bigger vacuum pump, which is a big chunk of change and would probably be a deal-breaker (in my case anyway)

No regrets with the 4x8 table here. I'm glad we don't have to cover the remaining open table when using 4x8 sheets, as would be the case with a larger table. I've no interest in dealing with larger material anyway... I don't want to end up like my dad.
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Re: Machine size question

Postby Joe Dusel » Thu, Jan 14 2010, 2:29PM

Yeah, I was wondering about the vacuum pump as well. I have been told that the reason there is not going to be a 4 x 8 or 5 x 8 version of the Model 43 is that there is no demand for machines smaller than a 5 x 10. I guess I'm kind of surprised by that since the 3 Thermwood machines that I have had stuff processed on were 4 x 8 machines, and they all seemed happy with their machines. I did not ask them if they regretted not having a 5 x 10.

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Re: Machine size question

Postby Will Williamson » Mon, Jan 18 2010, 9:39AM

As long as you only cut cabinet parts out of 4' x 8' sheets that is fine. My CS45-510 give me a competive advantage over any 4 x 8 machine. Keep in mind that solid surfacing comes in 12' Foot sheets.I specialize in architectural Millwork and put this machine to its size limit every change I get. You will never regret buying the bigger machine.I wish I had bought a 12' long model.
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Re: Machine size question

Postby Keith Neal » Tue, Jan 19 2010, 7:10AM

We have the 5'x12' machine,which it perfect for our solid surface shop. The length allows for the standard 12' sheets and the width is great because we can seam sheets beforehand and cut large tops out to size and shape(saving alot of unneccessary router work),this also comes in handy when our suppliers suprises us with extra wide material because the standard size was unavailable. It is also great because we have the option to accept subcontracts for cutting jobs for small cabinet makers(and other solid surfaceshops) without the ability to cut large material themselves,we had a guy come in once to have us cut a new deck for his boat out of marine grade plywood.


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