Using a gluepot edgebander is an every day occurrence in the average wood working workshop. It is a versatile piece of floor standing machinery that is used to glue thin veneers to the sides of panels. It instantly neatens the edges of furniture, shelving and doors made of particle board, MDF (micro density fibreboard) or plywood. The edging is sometimes made from a wafer-thin wood veneer or more frequently an acrylic, melamine or PVC trim. The gluing machine is known as an edgebander and it completes the necessary processes of gluing, trimming the edging and cleaning the surface of excess glue. However, there are frequently three mistakes that workers make while the machine is in use.
- Reducing the Heat
The glue is a form of a thermoplastic or hot melt adhesive. It is either solvent or water based and usually supplied in granules or blocks that have to be heated at extremely high temperatures to turn it into a usable form of glue. It’s very strong, thick, sticky and capable of setting within a minute of being applied. When in use the glue is stored in the edgebander’s reservoir where it is kept at a constant hot temperature. One common mistake is not reducing the heat within the reservoir if the machine hasn’t been made use of in half an hour. Overheating the glue for an extended time reduces is effectiveness and often has be disposed of. Some models of edgebanding machines have a temperature control sensor or thermostat that automatically reduces the heat if the machine isn’t in constant use. The mistake occurs with models that don’t incorporate this feature and need to be operated manually. Forgetting to adjust the setting results in a glue that isn’t as effective as it should be.
- Overfilling the Glue’s Reservoir
Glue pots are clearly marked to indicate where the level of glue should reach when filled. Problems can occur if the pot is overfilled in workshops that are not gluing veneers throughout the day. If the glue stands for too long it can become stale and have a reduced performance. If a constant flow of glue isn’t required, the adhesive is kept fractionally lower than the heating mechanism. This ensures that the reservoir needs to be topped up with fresh glue whenever the machine is ready for action once more.
- Failing to maintain the Gluepot Edgebander
The performance of an edgebanding machine can become reduced if thorough maintenance inspections are not carried out to ensure debris and spent glue are removed. Due to the high temperatures involved the glue can burn and stick to the reservoir which should be cleaned regularly. The cutting blades should be cleaned and excess glue removed. As with all machinery, the mechanism involved needs to cleaned and oiled on a regular basis and blown free of offcuts using compressed air. Contact Data Power Tools for a reliable gluepot edgebander machine.