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Offline jcalberto

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #30 on: September 12, 2017, 12:52 PM »
Hi Guys,

I just placed an order to the same AD941 and will get delivery until end of December.  One question I have is regarding any additional upgrades or options you all might of added.  I am still able to make some changes and I am not debating if I should get the 3phase option or stick with the 4hp single phase?

Thanks,
Albert

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Offline egmiii

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2017, 12:56 PM »
I hope you ordered it with power drive, spiral cutter block, and comfort guard. If so, the single phase motor has plenty of power. Going out on a limb here, but I'd assume the single phase would also have higher resale value since most hobbyists don't have 3 phase power.

Offline jcalberto

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2017, 03:03 PM »
Thanks for the feedback.  You make a great point of keeping single phase for higher resale.  Regarding the other options, they were all standard on my 941 order.   

Offline Llama

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2017, 05:52 PM »
The only thing I'd want to add to my AD941 is a power feeder. :) It will be mine!

Offline egmiii

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2017, 08:04 PM »
The only thing I'd want to add to my AD941 is a power feeder. :) It will be mine!

I've only had mine up and running for just over a week, and I think I started researching power feeders the second night. You just can't beat the finish and safety aspects.

Offline mshull

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #35 on: December 20, 2018, 02:27 PM »

Hi.   Just bought an AD941 to replace my Hammer A3.    I have my Hammer on a standard rolling frame, so I can move it in any direction.   The Felder and Hammer "Rolling Carriage" move the machine sideways, and requires a huge amount of shop space to turn.   I need to move my machine the direction of the tables, so the Rolling Carriage doesn't work well for me.

Here is my question.   The frame of the AD941 is like an H near the ground.   (See attached picture.)  It has two sides that rest on the floor and a raised middle.       If I make a frame under the entire middle, with wheels I can jack up and down to lift the sides just off the ground, is the middle section strong enough to support the weight of the machine?

In other words, what I want to do is to build a lifting frame under the full center portion of the machine to move it a short distance on a concrete floor, and then set it back down on its regular feet when I use it.   Is there enough structure under the middle of the machine to do this?

Also, I'm donating my Hammer A3 to my brother.   Does anyone have advice on installing a Byrd segmented cutter head on a Hammer A3?

Thanks,

Mark
Palo Alto, CA


Offline egmiii

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2018, 02:40 PM »
Yes. It’s thicker steel with extra reinforcement welded on. But I’d suggest using a narrow pallet jack instead. One fork goes under the machine and a second goes under two sections of threaded rod screwed into the back of the machine. It’s very heavy, and if lifted by just the narrow section in the middle, you could risk a tip if lifted just a hair too high.

Offline mshull

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2018, 03:29 PM »

I was thinking of just using 1600 lb rated leveling casters under the center frame to lift it 1/4" in or so.    Just enough to move it.   I could put the entire machine on the leveling casters, but they are 4.5" tall, plus 2" for a platform, and that puts the planer up too high.    So, I'm trying to figure out a way to move it forward and backwards the long way easily.   This is only a few feet from a storage position in the garage to a use position.


Offline RussellS

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #38 on: December 20, 2018, 05:15 PM »
Does anyone have advice on installing a Byrd segmented cutter head on a Hammer A3?

Hammer offers a spiral cutterhead for their jointer/planer combo machines.  Plus $800 or $900 from the 31 or 41 straight knife models.  Looking at the Byrd website, it seems they charge $800-900 for 12"-16" cutterheads.  So I don't see any economic reason for installing a Non Hammer cutterhead in the machine.  Just call up Hammer/Felder and order the official made to fit cutter from them.  They would probably even have instructions on how to install it.

Offline egmiii

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2018, 05:19 PM »
It’s not as simple as calling Felder and ordering a new spiral block. Wish it was. They claim the machine is not upgradable. I believe Hermmace (spelling?) makes a kit and I’ve read they are very good to deal with.

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #40 on: December 20, 2018, 05:41 PM »
As far as I know, the Felder/Hammer straight cutter head on the A3-31 (and similar) cannot be upgraded to the Felder/Hammer spiral head. The factory will not do this work. You are warned to make your choice when ordering the machine. There is no going back later. The only choice later on is an aftermarket cutter, such as Byrd.

Regards from Perth

Derek

Offline rst

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Re: Felder AD941
« Reply #41 on: December 21, 2018, 07:22 AM »
Egmii, you were close...Hermance Machine, Williamsport, Pa.  They are also a Rockler and Festool dealer.