What is a Haunching Machine?
In woodworking, a haunching machine is typically used to produce haunched tenon joinery, as opposed to standard mortise and tenon joinery. However, it can also be used for other cutting applications, as some woodworkers use a haunching machine for achieving specially rounded corners on wooden pallets. Some woodworkers believe that haunched tenon joinery’s only advantage is aesthetic. However, if a wood product bears enough weight at its joints, haunched tenons become essential for adding increased bearing load strength to the joints. From compact floor standing models to large, high capacity models that require a warehouse style work setting, haunching machines come in a variety of makes, models and prices, making it easy for woodworkers to choose a machine that meets their current or projected product demand. Unlike some woodworking machines, haunching machines are not an absolute necessity. But the visual attractiveness and durability of haunched tenon joinery lead many woodworkers to use them as a means of attracting a wider customer base.
Is it Sensible to Buy Used Haunching Machines?
There are two basic factors that influence whether woodworkers buy new or used woodworking machines: their budget and their bottom line. In the first case, growing woodworking companies often face the dilemma of needing commercial grade woodworking machinery to meet their increasing production demand, but without the budget to buy it new. In the second case, larger, well-established companies often buy used when the price of a new machine would impact their bottom line. However, the ultimate decision about whether or not to buy used isn’t shaped by budget or bottom line, but by the shopper’s perception of commercial used woodworking machinery. Although new machinery is preferable to used machinery, commercial woodworking machinery is generally an exception to the rule that used machines offer less dependability and efficiency than new machines. Designed to stand up to commercial level use for years on end, it isn’t uncommon for commercial used woodworking machines to last for 20 or more years without a drop in efficiency or dependability.
How Do You Assess the Quality of Used Haunching Machines?
Assessing the quality of a used haunching-machine involves a four-part process that is also applicable to used commercial woodworking machines. Part one is to only consider machines that are sold by companies that specialize in selling used wood working machines. Part two is research sellers’ reputation at the Better Business Bureau and avoid sellers that have unresolved customer complaints. Part three is to ask for a copy of a haunching machine’s maintenance record to ensure that is has been regularly serviced. Part four is to inspect the machine firsthand to assess its general wear, or have a third party do the inspection. Following these steps should lead you to a quality used machine.
Source by Mike Barone