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    Default New A3-31

    So after going to the Perth wood show last weekend and seeing the Hammer and various (very similar) Taiwanese machines almost next to each other I finally decided to replace the crappy old Carabatec 10" straight-blade unit I'm using at the moment. Hammer A3-31 with spiral head and depth gauge for me - it's just more solid and feels more trustworthy.

    I'm sure Con of Felder Perth will be happy.

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    The green eyed monster just appeared at my place. I'm sure you'll be very happy with it.
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    Well if I had ordered an A3-31 in WA, I would be getting a cube of Jarrah and the family would be getting outdoor furniture for christmas...just because its less fiddly and more jointing/planing heavy than indoor furniture

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    Using Jarrah and Marri are actually one of the main reasons behind the move to a spiral head planer in general and the Hammer in particular. Jarrah is one of the more silaceous woods and just rips up high-speed steel tooling. I picked up some American Oak in an auction and I tell you, compared to Jarrah that stuff is like butter.

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    Welcome to the Felder/Hammer family.

    When I bought my AD951, virtually the big brother of A331, I had 2 cubes of never used rough sawn Jarrah at 100mm x100mm at 2.4m length, I put one through AD951 and it was like planing/jointing pine, It was so much fun I end up joint/plane them all for free (the Jarrah was sold but guy was more than happy that it was dressed for free)

    you will love your A331.
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    Delivery day.
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    Of course that 20A round-pin plug means I have to do a little electrical work before I can fire it up. Ahh, delayed gratification.

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    It was delivered with the plug attached?? All the machines I know of the owner had to supply it. I have just given mine a bit of a workout and that depth gauge is still spot on after five years of use. Enjoy the journey.
    CHRIS

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    Yeah, it surprised me as well since my N4400 was supplied with a short lead but no plug. They also installed the dial depth gauge although the calibration isn't correct - I'll have to fix it. No biggie.

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    Mine works just fine on a 15 amp. It does not require 20 amps.

    Please keep in mind at all times when using Hammer machines: hold the start button down until the motor is running, and only then release. Do not stab it to start - not unless you wish to burn out starting capacitors.

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    Thanks, Derek. I'll keep that in mind!

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    Not to dismiss Derek's start up advice but just to relate what I have found over my owning two Hammer machines. My K3 slider is 3 phase so press the button and get on with it, my A3 is single phase and because I am so used to the slider I never hold the button down as I should which will most probably bite me one day but so far it has not been a problem. Mine also is hooked up to a 15 amp plug.
    CHRIS

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    Default First chips

    Having sorted out the plug, I decided to prepare some rubbish old Jarrah for use in some endgrain cutting boards. I am put in mind of Mr Toad of Wind in the Willows's thoughts about horseless carriages:

    "Glorious, stirring sight! The poetry of motion! The real way to travel! The only way to travel! Here today—in next week tomorrow! Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped—always somebody else's horizon! O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!"
    There was simply no comparison to the old Carabatec 10" J/P I was using before.

    So about that Jarrah... well, I got a bit of a surprise. Here it is fresh off the machine:
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    Yeah, nah, I don't think I'll be using that for cutting boards. Boxes, on the other hand...

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    I was a bit like that when I got mine too. Though I went from hand preparing stock to the Hammer. It is a lovely feeling when you catch yourself grinning like a Cheshire Cat!

    The real ah-huh moment for me came when I took a 4 mm pass with wide hardwood, and the machine behaved just as if I had done a 1 mm pass with a narrow strip of Pine. It really is a great machine. Enjoy!

    Kind regards,
    Lance

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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceC View Post
    The real ah-huh moment for me came when I took a 4 mm pass with wide hardwood, and the machine behaved just as if I had done a 1 mm pass with a narrow strip of Pine. It really is a great machine. Enjoy!
    That’s why I want to get an A3 in the future, my jet 10” really only handles 1-2mm per pass in hardwood, and that means lots of work!

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