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johnnymm02/09/2013 19:55:41
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New to this forum,

I am in the process of setting up a workshop for fee paying clients to be able to design and make their own furniture and sculpture. I know I need to equip the shop with the basic woodworking machinery, table saw, planer/thicknesser, band saw, pillar drill and maybe a morticer. I would welcome suggestions regarding which brands I should be looking at? A friend told me that Elektra Beckum could be worth looking into, any thoughts? John

Big Al02/09/2013 21:11:56
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Elektra beckum, or metabo as they are now known, are fairly good enough for a serious hobbyist/semi professional, but for a teaching workshop it would be inadequate.

You will need to look at sedwick at the very least, and probably 3 phase machinery at that.

Also look at capacities of the machines you are thinking off, the footprint of the machine including working space around the machine and you will also need adequate dust extraction.


Mailee02/09/2013 23:08:24
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I have to agree with Big Al. I started with the Electra Beckum P/T and it was fine for hobby work but after becoming self employed I had to upgrade to one of the larger axminster thicknessers and a seperate Jet planer. Three phase is certainly the way to go as the machines can be much cheaper to buy second hand. Unfortunately I do not have three phase but some good quality light commercial machines. If the workshop is to be set up for teaching then it will also have to conform to H&S which would include good dust extraction, safety guards, working space, ETC.

johnnymm03/09/2013 09:29:46
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Thanks Big Al and Mailee, I doubt whether I'll be able to have three phase and I am looking to purchase either new or recent secondhand equipment. Do you have any recommendations regarding the make of machinery and where I ought to begin searching?


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