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Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:46 PM »
Ask your questions here about the CONTURO and related items. Keeping them in a single thread will help everyone.

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2015, 03:47 PM »
How does the Conturo MFK differ from the current MFK router? If it's just the base, is the Conturo MFK base available on its own so I can use the MFK I already have?

Yes, the base is designed specifically for edgebanding applications and has an integrated bearing brake. This version of the MFK will only come with the vertical base, but it capable of accepting the other MFK bases, sold separarely.

http://www.edgebander.com/edge-bander-trim-router/#BearingBrake
« Last Edit: February 16, 2015, 03:51 PM by Shane Holland »

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 03:50 PM »
This version of the MFK will only come with the vertical base, but it capable of accepting the other MFK bases, sold separarely.

But not the other way around, correct? The Conturo MFK base is not available as an add on part for current MFK owners?

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2015, 03:54 PM »
Sorry, yes, you can get the edging base as a spare part.

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 05:47 AM »
Ok so now I'm a little confused. I'm about to purchase the MFK predominantly for trimming edge banding. Does this mean I should buy this version. I still want to do all the other things that a mfk can do. Should I buy this model and add the other bases and edge guide. Or will I get away with the standard MFK (I'm in New Zealand so not sure it's available here yet)

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 06:21 AM »
Ok, whats the price going to be on this baby?
Is it worth it or I still have to sweet talk my wife to give up her iron hiding place.. Then I occasionally do some edge banding.

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 07:27 AM »
Ok, whats the price going to be on this baby?
Is it worth it or I still have to sweet talk my wife to give up her iron hiding place.. Then I occasionally do some edge banding.

Regards Woodkrafts

Shane may get mad about this but------

Unless you plan on doing more than the occasional edge banding the Conturo would not be worth the investment. Edge banding 2 to 3 times a week or a lot of curved work, no doubt the Conturo would be the way to go.

If this was available this time last year I would already own one. Right now with the current volume not sure if I'll invest in one.

Buy your own iron, you can get a modeling seaming iron or a cheep dry iron (you don't need the steam model).

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 08:39 AM »
This tool looks much more handy than the larger, more stationary models---obviously.
Any idea what it will cost?
I use a lot of pre glued edgebanding, where you just iron it on.  Will this tool still work? 
Can I use my own edgebanding with it?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2015, 08:49 AM »
This tool looks much more handy than the larger, more stationary models---obviously.
Any idea what it will cost?
I use a lot of pre glued edgebanding, where you just iron it on.  Will this tool still work? 
Can I use my own edgebanding with it?

Thanks in advance!

Jon

It is not designed to be used with pre-glued banding. It uses glue pucks which are melted in the machine and then applied to the banding as it is being installed.  Price starts at See Here plus accessories.

Nice that Festool added two more colors for the glues.  When I bought mine in Germany, there was only white and natural. The new colors are great to have access to! (Black and Brown)

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2015, 01:02 PM »
Ok, whats the price going to be on this baby?
Is it worth it or I still have to sweet talk my wife to give up her iron hiding place.. Then I occasionally do some edge banding.

Regards Woodkrafts

Woodkrafts, it'll be about $3200 for the set and $2800 for the "bare bones" version.  See the micro site below for ALL the info.

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2015, 07:00 PM »
Do the radius edgebanding router bits all use the same body with just a change in cutters?  In other words, can you just have one body and interchange cutters to get the desired radius?

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2015, 01:56 PM »
Shane, does this mean we can finally have the sys-vac and clamps now? They work so well with the conturo it would only make sense......please!!!
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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2015, 07:34 PM »
Shane, does this mean we can finally have the sys-vac and clamps now? They work so well with the conturo it would only make sense......please!!!

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2015, 07:53 PM »
Ok so now I'm a little confused. I'm about to purchase the MFK predominantly for trimming edge banding. Does this mean I should buy this version. I still want to do all the other things that a mfk can do. Should I buy this model and add the other bases and edge guide. Or will I get away with the standard MFK (I'm in New Zealand so not sure it's available here yet)

Chris, sorry I somehow missed the new posts in this thread. The "original" for lack of a better word MFK 700 is fully capable of trimming edge banding. In fact, that's what the MFK excels at. This new version of the MFK has a slightly modified vertical (only) base with a bearing brake on it. Otherwise, it's the same MFK as before. It will accept all MFK accessories, including optional bases.

Any idea what it will cost?
I use a lot of pre glued edgebanding, where you just iron it on.  Will this tool still work? 
Can I use my own edgebanding with it?

John, the price in the U.S. is $2800, or $3200 if you buy it with the optional Trimming Set which has a lot of nice accessories. You need to use edge banding that's not got glue on it (non-glued). Yes, you can use your own edge banding.

Do the radius edgebanding router bits all use the same body with just a change in cutters?  In other words, can you just have one body and interchange cutters to get the desired radius?

No, you cannot buy just the cutters and they aren't interchangeable. However, you can rotate the cutters four times to extend the life of the cutter.

Shane, does this mean we can finally have the sys-vac and clamps now? They work so well with the conturo it would only make sense......please!!!

As you can see, there was no mention of the Vac-Sys on the website or in any of our announcements. We're very aware that the Vac-Sys would be well suited for this application in particularly and would definitely like to add it to the product offerings. But, no information to share about it being available at this time.

Shane

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2015, 03:50 AM »
 Thanks  for the response Shane.
I've been researching the MFK for some time. unfortunately it's not that well known down here so  although I have made the decision to purchase (funds permitting) I haven't  been able to "play" with one to confirm exactly what accessories I need.

Am I correct in assuming this model is the MFK 700 EQ/B

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2015, 08:27 AM »
Am I correct in assuming this model is the MFK 700 EQ/B

Yes, the "B" is for the bearing brake.

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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2015, 09:51 PM »
Thanks
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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2015, 10:28 PM »
Shane I've glanced over the micro sites and maybe I've missed this somewhere. Will this bander apply 3mm banding commonly used on commercial work? Will it apply plastic laminate strips? Will it apply wood strips?  THANKS TIM

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2015, 12:41 AM »
Tim,

The Conturo edge bander can work with banding up to 3mm thick. For real wood banding, it takes practice and good technique to do anything thicker than 2mm. Real wood banding that's 3mm can be more prone to crack depending on the angle its applied at.

Plastic, wood, laminate edge banding will work.

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2015, 01:04 PM »
This version of the MFK will only come with the vertical base, but it capable of accepting the other MFK bases, sold separarely.

But not the other way around, correct? The Conturo MFK base is not available as an add on part for current MFK owners?

I believe it does, as it has been mentioned by the festool rep to me and cost I believe around £100 in the UK. In fact it is same as standard vertical base just got extra bakelite with a pointed end towards cutter, similar shape to the one on a horizontal bases) fixed to it and a bearing brake housing fixed to the other side using same holes as per standard vertical base, It just secured using longer screws.

Here is the link to spare parts catalogue http://ekat.festool.de/login/jsp/main.jsp?doAction=start&autologin=true&userId=Kunde-FT_GB&password=Customer&design=festool

You would need to import parts labeled 76, 82, 83, 84 and 85. Total cost excluding shipping £42.58 ($65.56)

Hope this helps

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2015, 05:03 PM »

Do the radius edgebanding router bits all use the same body with just a change in cutters?  In other words, can you just have one body and interchange cutters to get the desired radius?

No, you cannot buy just the cutters and they aren't interchangeable. However, you can rotate the cutters four times to extend the life of the cutter.


This just doesn't make a lot of sense to me since it defeats the purpose of an insert cutter to begin with.  Perhaps I am misunderstanding the response but, did you really mean that replacement cutters are not or will not be available for a replaceable insert cutter? 

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2015, 06:58 PM »
I think he meant that the mandrels are different for different radii. I'm not certain but that's how I read that.


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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2015, 07:00 PM »
I think if you were to buy 1mm rad complete cutter, then nothing stopping you from buying only replacement tips in 2 and 3 mm rad.
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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2015, 08:44 AM »
The cutters will not be interchangeable. The profiles are on the bit as well as the cutter.

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2015, 12:41 PM »
The cutters will not be interchangeable. The profiles are on the bit as well as the cutter.

Let me rephrase my question.  I purchase a 1.5mm bit.  I have gone thru all 4 cutting edges on that bit.  Can I purchase new 1.5mm knives or do I have to purchase a complete new bit?

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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2015, 12:45 PM »
The cutters will not be interchangeable. The profiles are on the bit as well as the cutter.

Let me rephrase my question.  I purchase a 1.5mm bit.  I have gone thru all 4 cutting edges on that bit.  Can I purchase new 1.5mm knives or do I have to purchase a complete new bit?

Sorry, Steve. I guess I was misinterpreting your question.

Yes, we will have replacement cutters as spare parts.

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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2015, 12:54 PM »
Thanks Shane

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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2015, 06:44 AM »
Tools of the Trade didn't waste any time getting this video out the door.  Brian demonstrating the Conturo at JLCLive! last week:



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« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2015, 06:45 PM »
Another video out there on the web:



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Re: Consolidated FAQ for the CONTURO Edge Bander
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2015, 09:57 PM »
Does the Conturo itself, or the Edge Bander Trimming Set (500177) come with any glue pucks?