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Thread: A Hammer A3-31 jointer/planer has arrived

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    A Hammer A3-31 jointer/planer has arrived

    Since mid February, I have not owned either a jointer or a planer. See the thread: xxx

    While I was working as crew on a small sailboat in the Bahamas for most of April, my long anticipated Hammer A3-31 jointer/planer arrived in Canada from Austria. On Monday, I drove over the Felder/Hammer warehouse in Mississauga to pick it up. My trailer bed is much below the level of the loading dock:

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    But, these guys had obviously had to cope with this before and, in short time, they attached the trailer to a fork lift with a pair of straps and lowered it onto the trailer:

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    Even though the machine was strapped down to the trailer, I was afraid of it being top heavy, so I drove the 30+ kilometres home over city streets never exceed 60 kilometres per hour.

    My friend Rod Sheridan, who also owns an A3-31, is coming over this afternoon and is bringing equipment from work to help me move the jointer/planer from my driveway into my woodworking shed. Right now, the A3-31 is sitting in the trailer in my driveway under a new tarpaulin:

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    Cheers, Frank

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    Congrats! What a sweet unit.
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    Gee Frank i have got to get out and visit you and see your shop.


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    cheers

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    Congrats. I've had mine for a bit over 6 months and still love it. Its a sweet machine for sure.

    Not sure which head you got, if its the straight knife head do order a set of the cobalt knives, I nicked the stock ones within about 40 minutes of having it setup

    The digital handwheel is also worth it imho...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Gee Frank i have got to get out and visit you and see your shop.


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    Please do Rob. I think that I have sent you both my address and my phone number in the past.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Congrats. I've had mine for a bit over 6 months and still love it. Its a sweet machine for sure.

    Not sure which head you got, if its the straight knife head do order a set of the cobalt knives, I nicked the stock ones within about 40 minutes of having it setup

    The digital handwheel is also worth it imho...
    Ryan, I have the straight blades. I was advised by Rob Sheridan, who has owned an A3-31 for many years that the regular blades work just find and not to spend extra money on the Cobalt blades.

    I have the digital handwheel. But, they sent the Imperial guage for it by mistake and now I am waiting for the Metric guage to be mailed to me.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Looking forward to seeing it set up Frank.
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    The machine is now in my woodworking shed:

    Rod Sheridan came over yesterday afternoon to help me move the joiner-planer from my trailer and into the
    woodworking shed in my back yard. Here is a series of pictures showing the move:

    (1) We used 2 come-alongs to move the machine to back of the trailer:

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    (2) Rod winched the A3-31 down frpom the trailer on a couple of ramp planks:

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    (3) Here is a photo of the machine at the bottom of the ramp:

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    (4) The machine is now on a dolly and being moved along a series of overlapping plywood panels

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    (5) Here is the ramp up to Shed #2:

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    (6) We used a come-along screwed to the floor to move the machine up the ramp:

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    The machine is now in the shed but still on the dolly:

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    I need to attach a power cord (which I have not yet purchased) and to assemble the fence, the extension tables, the digital guage, and the mobility package. Once that has all been done and I have tried out the machine, I will report back here.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Congrats! Looking forward to your report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    Ryan, I have the straight blades. I was advised by Rob Sheridan, who has owned an A3-31 for many years that the regular blades work just find and not to spend extra money on the Cobalt blades.
    I think it depends a lot on what sort of shape your lumber is usually in.. The straight knives regular or cobalt both cut great so I'd mostly agree that the spiral is probably overkill (I just stumble on the definition of overkill here ). I personally found the default chrome set was somewhat less robust than the cobalt as I end up with (relatively) a lot of pretty rough lumber so when I swapped out the knives after nicking them the cobalt for $60 a set vs $32 for the chrome it seemed mostly worth it.

    Also congrats on getting it unloaded with no problems! Looks like an adventure

    I was biting my nails the whole time unpalleting mine, its kind of a heavy sucker!!

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