Combination Machines

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Combination machines are versatile woodworking equipment that combine multiple functions into a single unit. These machines are popular among woodworkers who have a limited space or budget.

Pros and Cons of Combination Machines

There are several pros and cons to using a combination machine. Here are some of the common ones:

  • Pros
    • Space-saving: They are suitable for wood shops with limited space but wish to cover various woodworking tasks and applications.
    • Cost-effective: A combination machine is more budget-friendly compared to stand-alone variants.
    • Integration: These machines are designed to work seamlessly together. 
  • Cons
    • Limited Capacity: A combination machine may have limited capacity and power to handle bigger projects and workpieces.
    • Setup Time: Switching between functions can take time and may require adjustments.
    • Potential for Downtime: If one function breaks or requires maintenance, it may render the entire machine unusable during repair.

Combination Machine Types

Here are some common types of combination machines for woodworking:

Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO combination machine
Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO (Router and Laser Engraver)
  • Jointer-Planer Combo: These machines combine a jointer and a planer into a single unit. This allows the equipment to flatten and square the edges of lumber using the jointer, and then adjust its thickness using the planer.
  • Table Saw-Jointer Combo: This variant combines a table saw and a jointer. They are suitable for ripping and crosscutting boards (with the table saw) and then jointing the edges for glue-ups (with the jointer).
  • Table Saw-Router Combo: Some machines incorporate a table saw and a router table into one unit. This is useful for various cutting and shaping tasks.
  • Mortiser-Drill Press Combo: Combining a mortiser and a drill press, these are handy for cutting mortises or drilling holes with precision.
  • Scroll Saw-Sanding Machine: This combination offers both scroll saw functionality for intricate cuts, along with a sanding attachment for finishing work.
  • CNC Router/CNC Laser Engraver Combos: These advanced combination machines integrate both CNC routing and laser engraving capabilities. This allows for precise and intricate woodworking and engraving tasks.
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