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#1 posted 10-06-2018 01:51 AM

I d be looking for a used good condition widebelt, SLR and some way to prep Stock for glueups (shaper/feeder, 4/5 head moulder/s4s moulder) whatever was cheap enough and you could power up.

- Jared_S

Wide belt would be my first choice, without all the issues that come with it. In my area, I could probably find one, but it will be 3 phase. And I know this makes me look like an idiot, but I know nothing about machinery. So working on used stuff is just not my thing. Not that I couldn’t learn, but I just don’t have the time to tune old machinery. Not to mention a reasonable used wide belt is almost 3x the drum sander I’m looking at.

- CWWoodworking

You are really going to have to rethink the not wanting to work on machines. If you plan to continue doing this to put food on the table you are going to have to become a machine adjustment and repair person it is just part of the job.

If you want to grow the business you really should be considering how to power 3ph machines. The type of machines you need for efficient production work tend to be 3ph.

In a business environment, it isn’t what the machines cost it is how much they will make/save you. You have to decide if building a better hobby shop or developing a production shop is what you want. Things like giving up on a TS and embracing a SLR when the latter is going to make you more efficient and more profitable when upgrading the former is only going to give you a shiny new toy. Hopefully, you are at least looking at a Woodmaster drum sander but even though they are the best they are painfully slow compared to a widebelt.

In the end find the biggest bottleneck in your full process and attack there but don’t do half measures make sure that bottleneck opens enough that it is unlikely to have to be upgraded until everything else has been upgraded as well.

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