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Offline Rich M.

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Hammer C3-31 x-cut fence setup
« on: June 10, 2022, 08:55 AM »
Hello -
- I posted this question at the other FOG, just curious what experience Hammer owners here have had. 
- I have a C3-31, the cross cut fence does not appear to have a pin registration hole at zero degrees or at 35-deg. (photos attached)
- The T-track has an angle scale in both directions, should it be flipped ?
Thanks for any info,    -Rich M. 

Later that day . . .
I called Felder tech support, it turns out the flip-up at the back of the outrigger provides the zero-degree reference.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2022, 11:01 AM by Rich M. »

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Offline Chris Wong

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Re: Hammer C3-31 x-cut fence setup
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2022, 11:03 AM »
I do not own a Hammer, but the scale of the crosscut fence should always be facing you. I can't remember the specifics of the stops, but I'm certain there is a stop somewhere for 0 degrees.
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Offline Tom Gensmer

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Re: Hammer C3-31 x-cut fence setup
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2022, 12:51 PM »
I do not own a Hammer, but the scale of the crosscut fence should always be facing you. I can't remember the specifics of the stops, but I'm certain there is a stop somewhere for 0 degrees.

Chris, you're correct that the scale on the Hammer/Felder machines should always face the user, and Rich M.'s machine is set correctly. The fence is designed so it can be set up at the near- or far-side of the outrigger, looks like Rich M. has his set up on the near-side which is fine for certain operations, "normal" position is far-side.

Rich M, it sounds like you were able to identify with Felder that those little flip-up tabs on the outrigger are your indexes for square. Make sure you:
-- Set the slider travel for a very slight toe-in relative to the blade (I have mine set to 0.1mm over 300mm). Clamp dial indicator to your slider, your dial indicator will read "0mm" on the in-feed teeth, and "-0.5" on the out-feed teeth, making sure to measure the same tooth.
-- Set the fence square to the table. This can be checked using a square against the fence, and a dial indicator attached to the cast iron top. Needle on the indicator shouldn't move as you slide the table forward- and back-. Once you get the hang of it you can really dial it in, no need for 5-cut method.

If you try to set your fence square to the blade you risk burning or kickback, square to the slider and you'll get skewed cuts. Just be methodical and you'll get awesome results.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2022, 12:55 PM by Tom Gensmer »
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Offline Mini Me

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Re: Hammer C3-31 x-cut fence setup
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2022, 07:36 PM »
Later that day . . .
I called Felder tech support, it turns out the flip-up at the back of the outrigger provides the zero-degree reference.

That is correct. I added a set screw to the flip tab that I use as a fine adjuster. An excellent tutorial for setting the fence to obtain a square cut with no hassle can be found here

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Offline Rich M.

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Re: Hammer C3-31 x-cut fence setup
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2022, 07:26 AM »
Tom G - thank you for the detailed info !  I'll def give it a try...
Chris and Mini Me - thanks for the feedback, much appreciated..