Author Topic: Hammer A3-31 vs. Minimax FS30 Classic  (Read 10647 times)

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Online ben_r_

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Re: Hammer A3-31 vs. Minimax FS30 Classic
« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2017, 05:54 PM »
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If you're talking about the first post in this thread, I was trying to compare apples to apples and it seemed like the straight knife Hammer was the comparable machine to the Minimax Tersa head. 
Ah, gotcha. I didnt realize the Tersa Head was a straight blade head. Yea I personally wouldnt go with anything that wasnt a helix style head. I have read too many good things about the noise reduction, cleanliness of cut and life of cutters. Been saving for a Hammer A3-31 myself. Love my N4400 and wouldnt mind some more Hammer in my shop :)
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Re: Hammer A3-31 vs. Minimax FS30 Classic
« Reply #31 on: May 10, 2017, 08:15 PM »
Yup, that's what I did (reply #11)! 
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Re: Hammer A3-31 vs. Minimax FS30 Classic
« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2017, 09:05 PM »
I have heard that the Tersa head is a lot better than the straight blade hammer.  The Tersa is closer to the Byrd (shelix).
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Re: Hammer A3-31 vs. Minimax FS30 Classic
« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2017, 11:44 PM »
I recall now one of the other things I didnt like about the MiniMax is that it has two separate dust collection connections, one for the jointer and one for the planer. Whereas the Hammer shares one. I like having to deal with only one better as it just seems like one less thing to deal with when switching back and forth between jointing and planing.
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Re: Hammer A3-31 vs. Minimax FS30 Classic
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2017, 02:59 PM »
I have heard that the Tersa head is a lot better than the straight blade hammer.  The Tersa is closer to the Byrd (shelix).

Tersa is not closer to Byrd by any means. It's a disposable straight blade system that can be replaced with no tools and doesn't need to be adjusted. You just push the blades down, pull them out, slide new ones and turn on the machine. Centrifugal force does the rest.