Houfek Wide Belt Sanders

HOUFEK Buldog 3 Wide Belt Sander

About Houfek

Houfek is a new brand we are excited to now be supplying here at Grovewood Machines Ltd. They are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machine tools and wide belt sanders. Based in Czech Republic, they export to over 45 different countries! The company was founded by Jaroslav Houfek in 1991 and included a small workshop for the production of simple woodworking machines. Houfek originally produced belt grinders, but the uniqueness, quality and the originality increased the demand for more machines to be made by the company. The growing interest in machines therefore resulted in a greater production volume and expansion of the product range. With the help of his son Ales Houfek and his managerial skills, the company experienced a huge dynamic development since 1993. From 1996, Houfek started building new premises and offices to keep with their ever-expanding business and eventually relocated in 2001. Just four years later in 2005, they opened another production hall with the participation of recognized business partners and customers. Continue reading to find out more about the Houfek Wide Belt Sanders!

Houfek Wide Belt Sanders

At Grovewood Machines, we stock all the the Houfek Buldog series but currently the most popular is the Buldog 3 wide belt sander. This machine is perfect for all woodworkers alike and is a perfect entry level machine for beginners or just those looking for an excellent quality machine at an affordable price. The machine was developed for customers who require simplicity, reliability, and the impeccable quality of all sanding technologies. Furthermore, the precision sanding of massif and veneer is a simple matter for the machine. It can be used for furniture components, sanding and more including frames and panels, and it is designed for calibration and the fine sanding of parts that are made from wood. The 3 wide belt sander is extremely well built and has various features that make it the best option on the market, including electronic height readout an infra-red sensor control of the sanding belt oscillation. This machine has also been on the market since 2011 and has over 1200 positive reviews! The specifications for this new must-have machine are as follows:

The Houfek Buldog 3 Wide Belt Sander Specification at a glance

  • Working width= 950mm
  • Sanding belt length= 1,900mm
  • Contact roller diameter= 120mm
  • Maximum workpiece height= 160mm
  • Minimum workpiece height= 3mm
  • Feed belt speed= 4.5/9 m/min
  • Sanding belt speed= 18 m/min
  • Voltage/Frequency= 3/N/PE 400V/50Hz V/Hz
  • Weight= 1,840kg

Optional Extras

The Houfek Buldog 3 Wide Belt Sander also can be purchased with a variety of optional accessories that help you to get the most out of the machine. These include motors or frequency inverters, like 11kW and a 15kW motors, a feed belt motor frequency inverter with a speed of 3-15 m/min and a sanding belt motor with a 5.5 frequency inverter with a speed of 3-18 m/s. Also available are working rollers (grooved steel or rubbered, 120mm), various sanding pads and cleaning units, like timed air cleaning devices for sanding belts with or without moving jets.

Some other optional extras include:

  • Automatic feed belt tracking
  • Pressure switch 3.5-4.0 bar
  • A 300mm pull out front extension table
  • A 300mm fixed rear extension table
  • Mechanical limitation of maximum material removal
  • A pneumatic blast gate with a depth of 150mm

Check out our Instagram page @grovewoodmachines for more pictures and information about the Houfek Buldog 3 wide belt sander!

For more information or any enquiries on the above machines, please contact us by phone: 07775 951672 or by email: info@grovewoodmachines.co.uk.

 

Laguna Dust Extractors from Grovewood Machines

Laguna PFLUX3 Cyclone Dust Extractor

Why buy a Laguna Dust Extractor from Grovewood Machines?

Laguna offers a range of cyclone dust extraction systems (also known as dust collectors): the CFLUX series, the PFLUX series and the BFLUX series. Every single Laguna cyclone has the following features:

  • Remote start and stop
  • Riveted steel fan with backward curved fin design
  • Smart lift collection drum
  • Inlet with splitter and rubber blanking cap
  • Portability with four swivel castors

Health & Safety

We all know that in our industry there are numerous health risks and the health and safety of your employees as well as yourself is paramount. A dust extractor is a must for any size work shop large or small and Laguna offer 3 different ranges to suit your needs.

The CFLUX Range

The CFLUX range at Laguna is one of its kind. They are suitable for either dedicated single machine use or as part of a small ducting system, making it highly versatile. It has a horizontal chute, designed to maximise air flow and all the shapes and dimensions have been carefully designed to optimize the performance of the machine. Moreover, the fan is housed inside a single piece of horizontal plenum that reduces airflow resistance. The CFLUX range is also supplied with a one micron canister which is highly pleated to increase the surface area and maximise airflow too. You can clean the canister using the crank handle attached to the internal paddles.

Furthermore, the ingenious smart lift system quickly engages and disengages the collection drum with just the pull of a lever. The octagonal drum is raised off the floor and so seals against the drum lid. With the drum lifted in this position, the CFLUX1 is fully portable on the four strong castors that are mounted to the frame. The drum sits on another set of castors once lowered so can be quickly carried to wherever the rubbish needs to be let out.

This machine is supplied with a remote start handset, one collection bag for the main drum, one collection bag for the filter dust and a 1.8 mm power cable (with no plug). A 16 amp fixed electric supply will be required to run the dust extractor, and Laguna recommends using an industrial 16 amp 3 pin plug (the round blue type). The CFLUX1 can also be equipped with an optional automatic filter. You can add this on at the time of purchase or buy as an add on. This auto clean kit includes a smart sensor which detects an increase in static pressure. This shows that the filter is starting to get clogged up, and so automatically starts the cleaning procedure.

The PFLUX Range

The Laguna PFLUX cyclone series is one of the most revolutionary designs to ever hit the woodworking market. The HEPA class canister filtration along with so many other unique features is what makes these high end cyclones market leaders. They are a perfect choice for those people looking to minimise workshop dust to the lowest level possible. Some features exclusive to the PFLUX range include:

  • HEPA filtration down to 0.4 micron
  • LED warning light when collection drum is full
  • LED warning light when HEPA filter needs cleaning
  • Swing away doors with acoustic foam to lower the noise level
  • A Semi automatic emptying of the canister dust

As well as this, a 100 mm (4”) hose port is located at the end of the HEPA filter to allow an automatic emptying of the fine dust collected in the chamber.

The BFLUX Range

And finally, the smallest but most certainly not the weakest, the BFLUX range. An exceptionally well built machine that is compact and has a portable extractor that is ideal for a smaller workshop. Some features of the BFLUX machine includes:

  • 1hp quiet induction motor
  • High filtration level of 99.7% at a 1 micron particle size
  • High portability on swivel castors
  • Runs on a standard 13 amp supply
  • Long life, balanced steel fan

The BFLUX1 is described as the “most beautiful” single stage dust collector on the market according to Laguna, with a sleek design and plenty of power to match. It also comes with a patented Snap-band that makes changing the bag quick and easy, meaning no more fumbling with the steel band to lower the bag. Lastly, the BFLUX1 comes standard with a polyester spun bond which provides the 99.7% of particles at 1 micron as mentioned above.

Getting your Laguna Dust Extractor

Why not check out our Instagram page @grovewoodmachines for more pictures and information about the Laguna dust collector range!

For more information or any enquiries on the above machines, please contact us by phone: 07775 951672 or by email: info@grovewoodmachines.co.uk and don’t forget to visit our website where you can find the full specifications.

Robland Panel Saws

Roband Z400M Sliding Table Panel Saw

Robland Panel Saws from Grovewood Machines

Grovewood Machines have been official Robland suppliers for nearly 20 years. We often get enquiries for Robland panel saws. They are perfect for professional woodworkers of any standard, with entry level models all the way up to the best of the best.

About Robland

Robland was founded in 1968 by Robert Landuyt in Bruges, Belgium. Their success was achieved by combining good quality with affordable prices, as reflected in their products.  The product range at Robland has been extended massively since being founded, now offering machines like planer thicknessers, spindle moulders and edge banders too. In 1992, the company saw the introduction of their first panel saw, the Z320. From there, Robland has created a well-deserved reputation, even seeing them celebrate their 50th birthday back in 2018, which we were fortunate enough to attend.

With 28 years of experience in building high quality panel saws for affordable prices, you’ll be sure to find a model that’s perfect for you. The company has two types of panel saws, compact and large format. Large format is perfect for people with more floor space and looking for a top quality machine, whereas compact is perfect for people who struggle with space, but are still looking for the features of a professional panel saw.

The Range of Robland Panel Saws

The NXZ and E300 models are entry level compact panel saws. They still offer many of the exceptional features that Robland has to offer but at a lower price point. The NXZ has an optionally available belt driven scoring unit which limits the maximum cutting depth to 85cm. Similarly, the E300 offers an optionally available motor driven scoring unit that allows a maximum cutting depth of 100cm.

Perhaps you’re looking for a model with all the features of a professional panel saw but don’t have enough floor space? Robland created the CZ range with exactly that in mind. This range comes in a wide selection of saw diameters (300,400 and 500mm), sliding tables, outrigger tables, options like digital readout and accessories, which can be combined with either a manual (M) or electrical light (EL) height and tilt of the blade. Furthermore, the saw aggregate is made from one piece of cast iron for natural absorption of vibrations. This therefore offers superior precision and stability. There are 3 series in the range:

-CZ300

-CZ400

-CZ500

Within that, there are models within these series:

  • CZ300 consists of the CZ300 M and the CZ300 EL.
  • CZ400 consists of the CZ400 M, CZ400 EL, CZ400 X1 and the CZ400 X3.
  • CZ500 consists of the CZ500 M, CZ500 EL, CZ500 X1 and the CZ500 X3.

As for large format panel saws, Robland offers 3 series, as well as one entry level machine called the E2500. This machine includes a motor driven scoring unit and the company’s exclusive Balls on Steel System (BOSS). This system ensures smooth operation of the sliding table. The Z series has a wide variety of saw diameters to offer- 300, 400 and 500mm, and these correspond to the names of the machines. Furthermore, they offer sliding tables, outrigger tables, options and accessories, which can be combined with one of four executions: manual, electrical height and tilt of the table, controlled parallel fence and a three axes controlled machine. The saw aggregate is made of one piece of cast iron for natural absorption of vibrations, which therefore gives superior stability and precision.  There are 3 ranges that Robland has to offer:

  • Z300
  • Z400
  • Z500

Within these ranges are the models:

  •  (Z300) Z300 M, Z300 EL, Z300 X1 and Z300 X3
  •  (Z400) Z400 M, Z400 EL, Z400 X1 and Z400 X3
  •  (Z500) Z500 M, Z500 EL, Z500 X1 and Z500 X3

Robland offers such an amazing wide variety of panel saws that are perfect for any of your woodworking needs! At Grovewood Machines, we are proud to be one of the company’s major stockists.

Check out our Instagram page @grovewoodmachines for more pictures and information about the Robland panel saw range!

For more information on any of the above machines please contact us on 01256 818235 or info@grovewoodmachines.co.uk

 

Laguna Bandsaws from Grovewood Machines

Laguna Bandsaws

We get numerous enquiries for Laguna Bandsaws at Grovewood Machines Ltd. Whether you’re a professional woodworker or even just a hobbyist, bandsaws are a brilliant option for anyone.

About Laguna

Laguna Tools was founded in Laguna Beach, California. Almost three decades later, Laguna is the market leader in the American woodworking machinery market. Combining new and innovative solutions with high quality manufacturing standards has enabled the company to earn a well-respected reputation in both their home market and across the world. Over three years, the Laguna is being made available to buy in Europe by being re-designed to meet CE regulations while retaining their uniqueness. Grovewood Machines is one of the leading stockists of Laguna Tools in the UK, boasting high quality machines at competitive prices.

Who are buying Laguna Bandsaws?

Laguna machines are extremely popular across the UK at the moment, especially for hobbyists who have taken up woodwork during lockdown, or maybe even professionals who are looking to extend their passion to their homes. Stock is often low and machines are becoming more difficult to get hold of. This shows that they are one of the best when it comes to bandsaws for both hobbyists and professionals!

The Laguna Bandsaw Range

The 14|12

Their exceptional bandsaw range, in particular the 14|12 model, has won many awards, due to its innovative designs and affordable prices. Some of these awards include Editor’s choice ‘Best Overall’ in Taunton’s 2015 Tool Guide, as well as Editor’s choice ‘Best Value’ in Taunton’s 2015 Tool Guide.

The Laguna 14|12 bandsaw was first released in 2015 in the USA and became an instant success. It won many awards and is even the best seller in the entirety of North America! It’s large depth of cut, premium build quality and many professional features make it a favourite among joinery shops and high-end home DIY workshops. Optional accessories for this machine includes a 14/12WK deluxe wheel system designed for maximum stability and ease of use with a single pedal to engage, an SMG: sliding mitre fence that’s adjustable to 60 degrees each way with positive stops at 0 degrees, and 141206-20: a selection of high  quality, premium woodpecker blades.

The 14|BX

The Laguna 14|BX bandsaw was built upon the success of the 14|12 model. They both have a similar specification, however the 14|BX has a more powerful 2.5hp motor, as well as twin extraction ports. As well as this, a foot switch and disc braking system has been added to more conveniently stop the saw and bring the motor to a stop in an instant. With outstanding features and a premium build quality, this model will appeal more to professional joinery shops.

The 18|BX

Lastly, the Laguna 18|BX bandsaw is a scaled up version of the best selling 14|12. They share all of the finishing touches and distinctive features that made the 14|12 an award winner. This larger model is designed to be tough enough to handle any daily job in a professional workshop. Again, a disc braking system and foot switch has been added to the bandsaw to stop the saw more conveniently. Some other features that differ from the other models in the band saw range include a resaw capacity of 16” and efficient dust extraction. Optional extras for this machine include an 18BXWK deluxe wheel system designed for maximum stability and ease of use, an SMG: sliding mitre fence that is adjustable 60 degrees each way with positive stops at 0 degrees and 45 degrees each way, and an 18BX06-27: a selection of high quality, premium woodpecker blades.

Some features of the Laguna bandsaw range includes:

  • A pyramid shaped spine that minimises frame distortion
  • A braked motor that provides enough power for even the deepest of cuts. There’s a quick blade release tension lever that makes blade changing faster too.
  • A micro polished cast iron table that’s mounted onto an oversized trunion with two locking points, ensuring a solid work space.
  • Solid cast iron wheels that are dynamically balanced and fitted with polyurethane tyres, which are designed to last longer and run cooler than normal tyres.
  • Double windows to allow you to look at both the tension and tracking while the machine is running

One of the most unique advantages of the Laguna bandsaw range is the famous ceramic blade guide system. These blades make ten points of contact that allow an easy set-up and more accurate cuts. The use of long life ceramic guides allow for a greater blade contact area than typical bearing guides. As a result, there is more support for the blade and a larger cutting accuracy.

Check out our Instagram page @grovewoodmachines for more pictures and information about the Laguna Bandsaw range!

For more information on any of the above machines, please contact us by phone 07775 951672 or by email info@grovewoodmachines.co.uk.