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#1 posted 03-13-2016 02:59 AM

This is a bit of apples-to-oranges; in the sense that Hammer is well-past the DIY quality; whereas Grizzly not so much – IMHO. Don’t misinterpret the Grizzly comment – many, many a fine woodworker on Lumberjocks has completed an equally-impressive number of fine projects with their equipment.

I have the Hammer N4400 bandsaw, and it will handle anything and everything I throw at it. Also, I’ve seen the A3-31 in action, and it is quite capable – it is a buy-once piece of machinery.

Having said this, Felder can be tough to deal with – they have a very Teutonic (German/Austrian) approach to Customer Service, and their accessories, if you need them, are expensive. But you get the quality and consistency that flows into your woodworking.

I prefer separate machines: at some level, I’d have the carbide-insert cutters for Planers and straight (non-helical) cutters for Jointers – for all that I’ve read, straight cutters still provide a smoother finish than the segmented carbide. Also, when I’m on a project, I don’t want to spend time converting machines, one-to-another.

One thought is to get your feet wet with the Grizzly machines. Then, as your experience matures, and your projects become for complex (more demanding – tolerances and machining requirements (2” or 3” Hard Maple, Jatoba, ...)), you can sell the Grizzly machines, and see what your equipment Bucket List looks like. For me, I’m at the end of my 6” Powermatic Jointer and Delta Cabinet Saw; and looking for the Powermatic 3000 table saw and Martin Jointer and Planer – my current woodworking begs for different tools now.

Ask Felder to make you an offer – you can always walk away … or not.

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