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Offline TomGadwa1

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Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:37 PM »
This is my first attempt at reviewing a product on the FOG. No editing as I am edit challenged at the moment so please be gentle. The first clip is a noise measurement with the unit by itself and also with the dust collector running. The dust collector actually is louder than the Hammer!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=g0ZnkcJames
More to come!
« Last Edit: December 08, 2013, 10:11 PM by TomGadwa1 »
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Offline NYC Tiny Shop

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2013, 12:00 AM »
Tom, I think that this is a pretty good start. I, personally, would like to see this video as a part of a more detailed demonstation ... Including a pros and cons analysis of these two machines working in tandem. As far as the noise level comparison,  perhaps clearly show yourself turning one unit on (say, the vac) and testing the decibel level and then then turn that off and then turn on the other ( the Hammer, or vice versa.)  ...and then a decibel test with them both before and during milling. I don't know these machines and would like to learn more. Maybe you can show us what they are and are not capable of doing and how well or poor? Thanks.

Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2013, 12:00 AM »
Thanks for the video.  I am looking at one of those and find this type of info very useful.  Would love to see a video of whats involved in changing from jointer to planer and back and your comments on that process.

Offline TomGadwa1

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2013, 12:21 AM »
Thank you fellow sawdust makers! I will endeavor to find out how in the heck one gets the Youtube videos to show up in a more elegant and straightforward use than having to link out to Youtube and back. And yes I will show some more details on the machines use and some enhancements that I added to improve the user experience of my beloved unit!
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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2013, 01:51 AM »


Hey Tom,

All you need to do is copy the URL when you are watching ( or get it by selecting the share button in YouTube) and then use the link button (the blue globe). 

Peter
« Last Edit: November 24, 2013, 01:57 AM by Peter Halle »

Offline TomGadwa1

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2013, 01:54 AM »
With the help of fellow foggers I can now show my first attempts at doing a review on a Hammer A3 31 Jointer/Planer unit. First I do a quick measurement of the loudness of the A3 31 unit by itself. 81 dba which is quiet. Next I add my Delta dust collector unit to the mix and together both units are producing 86 dba of noise. My mother used to yell at me MUCH louder that that!! I used to use a Dewalt portable two speed job that would require hearing protection if you valued your hearing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=g0ZnkcJames
This clip is a basic tour of the Hammer A3 31 Jointer/Planer unit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dgICOl7D7p4
The next segment is the conclusion to the first video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lkBoARbI90I
And last but not in the least is an actual demonstration of working a board to a better state, i.e. flat and square.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VGil9z8ag4s
Thanks for watching and please let me know if there are any openings in Hollywood!
« Last Edit: November 24, 2013, 02:46 AM by TomGadwa1 »
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Offline NYC Tiny Shop

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2013, 07:51 AM »
Great job! Seeing you setting up the machine to dimensionalize the piece is very helpful, as was your setting up the electrical hook-up. Thanks, Tom!

Offline Jalvis

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2013, 12:53 PM »
Sweet machine.  I have the AD741 but not with a silent cutter head.  Maybe in the future.

Nice review.

Offline RobBob

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2013, 01:35 PM »
Not a lecture, but FYI...You WILL go deaf if you choose to not wear hearing protection on a regular basis.  Hearing damage is cumulative.  Just a matter of time. 

Offline TomGadwa1

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Re: Hammer A3 31 Combination Unit (Jointer/Planer)
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2013, 03:02 PM »
You are correct sir. I should not make light of the matter. There are tables that depict allowable amounts of exposure per day which is tied to the level that one is hearing. Since I am a amateur woodworker my time of exposure is normally brief. I will try to find that chart that I am referring to so I can post it for my fellow FOG members as good habits of using hearing protection should be encouraged!
To that noble conclusion I am providing a picture of this chart for permissible exposure levels and time below!
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For fun I am including another chart that depicts examples of everyday machines and occurrences in our lives and the decible levels produced by them!
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Forthcoming I will measure some of our favorite tools under use and provide some guidance as to how long the tool can be used without the need for hearing protection. Obviously if the tool is going to be used for a long period of time then hearing protection SHOULD be used for safeties sake!
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