This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 1992 00:12:03 GMT
POWERMATIC makes one that is rather nice.
It is 20 inches, and there are 2 models available (of the older ones.)
There is a wood only, and it is 2 speed. Typically these have no blade
welder on them. Then there is the wood/metal one. These (As I recall) are
variable speed, with a 2 speed clutch. So, you can really crank it up for wood
and really slow it down when you are doing metal. The last one of these that
I saw was $3000, but it had a very nice blade welder on it. The last wood
only with no blade welder that I saw was $1900. I would also consider the
DO-ALL, if you can find a wood/metal version. MANY MANY larger metal shops
have these, as DO-ALL seems to dominate that part of the metal commercial
market. Also the heavy tooling resellers (You know, the guys who will sell
you a pittsburg 2000 ton press just for kicks...) I havent seen the DO-ALL
up close yet, however the pictures show it as having 3 rollers so that it can
have a very deep throat, but not be umpteem million feet high (they are about
8' tall for the 36" version.)
Thats all I know about the older bigger cooler ones. Anybody got
any other suggestions?