Tim, I traveled to the Hammer/Felder office in Delaware before I made the final decision on the K3 Winner. When I saw the Felder units next to the Hammer units, I was impressed with the step up in quality from the Hammer to the Felder. I can see why there is a marked step up in the pricing.
But the Hammer K3 was impressive and I ordered it on the spot. If we did more shop work I wouldn't hesitate to pay the upgrade to the Felder. It's really nice equipment.
That is also why i ordered a Felder slider and jointer planer of the brand new 700 series last year, will be getting them next week!
I wanted the 700 series but the vendor tried to talk me into the 900, or format4. Or else the Hammer. Saying the felder 500 and 700 are Hammers with more options.
But i could see some more or less subtle differences in the quality and solidity of key components which were often identical to those of the series above. And then i like the black looks of the new 700's, i find the blue 900's ugly and they may likely soon be updated... i think i will be painting my hammer's red parts in a similar black to avoid them swearing at each other!
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