I had an opportunity to use my Conturo today. Actually I got to watch someone use my Conturo today after I showed him how to use the unit one the first piece. I did get to do the trimming. This was the tools maiden voyage, it was a pleasant journey to say the least.
The panel being edge banded was particle board core melamine. The edge banding was 3 mm PVC, about 80' total.
The Conturo is easy to set up and adjust. It was used hand held, balance of the unit is superb.
When we set up for the first pieces, temp setting 2 was used, 200ºC, that is what was recommend and we stayed with that setting. For the first run I increase the amount of glue 2 units over center. I chose to do this because of the core. After a few pieces I did change the amount setting to 2 units below center, plenty of glue, less squeeze out.
The 3 mm is very stiff to run. The Conturo ran and feed it just fine, it was getting the memory from the roll out of the band that was an issue. On the second run I decided to place the edge band in an oven set on Warm, about 120ºF. After about 5 minutes in the oven the edge banding was much more flexible and easier to set to the board edge. Only issue was tack time of the adhesive. It went from a few seconds to about 20 seconds, this did not affect the application at all.
One issue we did have was banding slide at times. A few of the bands were drug along by to much pressure on the roller, this caused the band to shift off the corner. If you back off some of the pressure the band will slide back in place. Once that occurs continue to apply the banding.
Guillotine trimmer is an excellent tool. Cut this 3.0 mm banding effortlessly.
The bit I had to trim the banding was the 1.5 mm round over with rotatable cutters. I do not have the 700 EQ/B or B base for this bit so I had to modify my 700 with a spacer. After a few test cut I discovered the bit would not work properly on the 3.0 mm. The bit would round over the edge but the flat cutting edge did not reach the board edge of the banding. I ended up using the 700 in the horizontal position with a 0º base and a 19 mm straight bit.
The carbide scraper is a tool you don't know you needed until you used one. To use the scraper make sure you wrap the cord as shown in the picture on the back of the Systainer it comes in. The cord rides against the face of the board and places the cutting edge at the proper angle. Having the cord in this position makes it much easier to use than the scraper flat against the face of the board.
The Conturo is a tool that does what it claims to do and does it well.
The modification I made to the 700 base. The spacer is 1/4" plywood, screws to make it work are 4mm x 0.7 x 12mm