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    Two new toys

    For some time now I have lamented not having a buzzer and a good router table.

    Well in the last week or so I have managed to rectify this problem.

    Our local Giles Hand tool House http://www.thetoolshed.co.nz/product...47&parentid=47 have had the Morgan range of tools and machinery for some time. I have a 9inch sander, you can see it in my workshop tour thread, and have been happy with it. Its reliable robust and well built.

    They had a Morgan 6inch jointer for sale for $500 NZ so I got one. They also have a new range of machinery for the home workshop, a combo thicknesser/buzzer http://www.thetoolshed.co.nz/product...tails&pid=2184 and router table.http://www.thetoolshed.co.nz/product...tails&pid=2186 which I purchased.

    It took about an hour to set up and test the buzzer and it works well. Solid construction (cast iron) and weighs about 190lbs (90kgs). It took another hour to figure out how to mount it on a mobile base. Simple once I thought of it.

    The router table was well packed but did show damage on the outer wings of the table. You can see the warpage in the photos. The rest of the machine was fine. It comes with a light weight cast iron top which I was pleased with. It has a good router lift system in it and the motor is a 2hp unit the revs from 15 to 24000 rpm. It has 5 collets both imperial and metric which is a bonus as I have router bits in both types. The body of the unit is metal which I think is a quality feature as a lot of these types of machines have plastic bodies and I'm not a fan of plastic on high speed rotating machines.

    The router table fence unit was useless, plastic and easily warped. I did however know this at the time of purchase and had planned to make a new fence out of 3" x 3' x 1/4 (75 x75 x6) aluminum angle. I bought a new metal hole saw set and drilled out the openings for the fence. The mounting plates from the original fence were mounted to the new fence as the dust extraction port was very good and was simple to incorporate as was the bit guard. I added a spring so it would stay open when required and in place when needed while working. This simple mod works well as it stops the guard chattering and bouncing when the unit is working.

    You might wonder why I bought this unit if it had so many faults. Well the answer is simple. The main construction is very good, and as it comes with a router lift and motor already installed at $399 nz it was a good investment. To put it in perspective, had I decided to make my own router table and buy a separate router lift it would of cost me almost double just to get virtually the same lift as I have in the new Morgan router table.

    And of coarse the router set that came free with it wasnt too shabby either. This set usually retails at $139NZ so all in all good purchases. See the photos below


    Only one company in NZ stocks router lifts and look at the price!!!
    http://www.carbatec.com.au/store/ind..._420_2700_2730
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    Last edited by Ralph Mckenzie; 10-15-2007 at 09:28 AM.
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    And heres some photos of the router table
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    And to finish. While doing the mobile bases for the machines I made an offcuts bin mounted on wheels for under the bench as well from left overs from the weekends projects. Quite a productive weekend all in all
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    Congrats on the new additions to your shop, Ralph. I'm assuming "buzzer" is Kiwi for "planer". Is that correct?

    (BTW, the router table pics didn't make the trip...yet.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Congrats on the new additions to your shop, Ralph. I'm assuming "buzzer" is Kiwi for "planer". Is that correct?

    (BTW, the router table pics didn't make the trip...yet.)
    Yes buzzer is Kiwi for planner/jointer.

    Photos have arrived
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    So, do they call that color Skye blue?

    Congratulations on the new toys, erm, I mean, new tools!

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    Ralph,

    Nice tools!

    Thats an interesting safety guard on the joiner. Most of the ones I have seen look like a quarter circle, with a pivot at the point.
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