Workshop machinery #20: Beam planer

Today was an interesting day, I got a visit from the U.K. importer of Mafell equipment to do a demonstration.

A little background may be needed Mafell make serious Carpentry tool for timber framers it’s seriously industrial kit. They also now do a range for the general carpenter/ wood worker now too. The Carpentry tools are made exclusively by Mafell in Germany. Some of The general tools are made under license by the likes of metabo.

I was so impressed by the big 320mm cut beamplaner that I have done a a deal on one. It took 3mm of a 200×2500mmm Douglas fir beam in one pass tonight.

Tags: professional woodworking

Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.

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David A Sylvester ...

How much $$

Moment ...

$ 5,754 U.S.D.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Too much. £3500 here in uk

David A Sylvester ...

Still a lot of money but if your in the trade It looks like it indispensable tool to have

Moment ...

5,754.00 usd
€ 4,664.00 Euros
4,036.00 Pounds, including tax

Whitacrebespoke ...

That might be the list price. Very rare for you to pay list price on a machine. This one is a 2017 made machine so on 2017 pricelist too

Moment ...

That was a list price from a U.S. supplier and it’s currency conversion to euros and pounds . £3500 sounds
about right for your side of the pond . Looks like
a good purchase for your company .

Whitacrebespoke ...

I think so it’s a big investment and I will be honest it’s not much less than I paid for my planer thicknesser. What I will say though is the cutter block is a better quality than my original dewalt planer thicknesser and the finish quality from this machine is better than my current planer thicknesser.

Time is coming though for me to specialise I cannot cope with current work volumes and it’s the heritage work that makes me tick and keeps my interest. It may be time to specialise in the period work, timberframing, sash windows etc for old buildings.

Brian ...

That’s a serious machine. I was wondering about how many guys it took to lift that beam onto the sawhorses and then I thought that machine must have to eat a lot of dirt if the beam was on the ground. I suppose these beams don’t spend their whole lives on a stack, especially during delivery.

Whitacrebespoke ...

No this batch of timber has taken a lot to get them clean enough to plane as it looks like the mill buried them prior to delivery.

I put it on those saw trestles with the forklift I then put it on my beam trolly and moved it by hand. Hence it’s douglas fir not oak.

Brian ...

Yeah I figured the surface would be muddied up at a bare minimum. The guy milking it with his own tools is the only one that would care how dirty it is. No other handler up and down the supply chain probably even thinks about the consequences much less cares.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Sadly your correct and as much as it pains me to say it they had walked all over it too and used bearers that were not thick enough to prevent some ground contact as bedded in grit on them

Brian ...

Ah that’s a shame. By the way, I meant “milling” above, not milking. I suppose you figured out that’s my stupid phone autocorrect. But if you make enough profit, I guess they could be the same. :-)