Hoffmann MU3-PD Machine Overview:
Professional level, pneumatically controlled dovetail routing machine to rout a single dovetail keyway with each machining cycle.
Heavy cast aluminum construction with large, ergonomically shaped table surface, precision linear bearings, galvanized steel motor carriage with integrated motor fine adjustment and digital displays for routing height and routing location.
For Dovetail Key sizes W-0, W-1, W-2, W-3 (W-4 with optional larger motor)
Hoffmann MU3-PD - shown with optional table extensions
This pneumatically controlled dovetail routing machine is the more automated version of the MU 3 and MU3-D models. Aside from the same attributes in terms of design and built quality, the machine features two pneumatic cylinders and a pneumatic foot pedal.
One short stroke cylinder is used to clamp the material the instant the foot pedal is pressed, while a second, larger cylinder is used to move the router carriage up and down.
The main benefits compared to the manual machines are faster and more comfortable operation, more consistent results due to set routing feed rates and the fact that both hands can remain on the material during the routing sequence. This is an important advantage when processing longer parts.
Motor fine adjustment and quick-release lever
The keyway location is adjusted by positioning the guided center fence plate on the machine table;
the keyway length (routing height) is adjusted by setting a height-stop rod to the desired setting.
Both positions are shown on separate digital displays for accuracy and repeatability.
Digital Displays for keyway location and keyway length
Pressing the pneumatic foot pedal starts the machining cycle:
> Pneumatic clamp secures work-piece and motor is switched on
> Router head advances until pre-set height is reached
> Router head returns to home position and motor is switched off
> Pneumatic clamp releases work-piece
Output is approx. 16 routing strokes per minute, which translates into 2 completely processed rectangular frames. These numbers include material handling, but obviously depend on routing depth, feed speed, material flow and operator performance as well. Flow control valves on the main pneumatic cylinder allow the operator to adjust the upward and downward feed rate independently, depending on the material being processed. On its backside, the large heavy-duty cast aluminum machine base has a 2" diameter dust collection port to connect a shop vacuum for dust free operation.
The supplied router bit is solid tungsten carbide, made to exacting specifications. Depending on the routing depth and the material to be routed, the useable cutter life is approx. 10,000 strokes, often times even more. Every machine is shipped with a tool kit and set-up jig, which allows a router bit change in only minutes.
Routing parts for a miter joint (MU3 model shown)
Hoffmann Dovetail Routing Machine, model MU 3-PD, ready for operation, with air regulator installed, W-2 solid carbide router bit installed, standard 45 degree center fence plate, center line locator and square stop, motor fine adjustment, dual digital displays for keyway location and routing height, covered parts storage, toolkit and manual.
Air Supply 90 psi - approx. 0.1 cubic foot/cycle
Motor 885 Watt motor with double front bearing
Motor speed 35,000 rpm at idle
Collet size 1/4”
Motor carriage guides 20mm diameter guide rods, precision ground
Digital Display dual liquid crystal display, 3/8” digit size, accurate to 0.004”
Operation pneumatic – dual cylinder design
Max. height routing 3 3/4” – 95mm / moulding 5 7/8” – 150mm
Dust collection port 2” – 50mm diameter
Installed router bit W-2, solid carbide
Available router bits W-0, W-1, W-2, W-3 (W-4 with optional larger motor)
Dimensions W/D/H 29 1/8” x 25 5/8” x 32 3/4” (without optional table extensions)
Weight 70.4 lbs.
One year on parts and workmanship. Complete Hoffmann Warranty Terms apply.
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