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Edge Banding Machine Buying Guide

What Is An Edge Banding Machine?

An edge banding machine is an automated woodworking machine that carries out pre-milling, gluing, end trimming, rough trimming, fine trimming, corner trimming, scraping, cleaning separation for cabinets and furniture making. The automatic edge bander is designed for straight edge banding and trimming of MDF (medium density fiberboard), blockboard, solid wood board, particle board, polymer door panel, melamine, and plywood.

What Can Edge Banding Machines Do?

Edge banding machines are used to pre-mill, bond the edge banner to the substrate, trim the leading & trailing edges, trim top and bottom flush with the substrate, scrape any surplus, and buff the finished edge.

Pre-Milling

The corrugated marks, burrs or non-perpendicular phenomena caused by the panel saw or slitting saw are re-modified with double milling cutters to achieve a better edge sealing effect. It makes the bonding between the edge band and the plate more closely, and the integrity and aesthetics are better.

Gluing

With the special structure, the edge-sealing board and edge banner are bonded on both sides to ensure stronger adhesion.

End Trimming

Through precise linear guide motion, automatic mold tracking and high-frequency high-speed motor fast cutting structure are adopted to ensure that the cut surface is smooth.

Fine Trimming

All adopt the automatic tracking of the mold and the high-frequency high-speed motor structure to ensure the smoothness of the upper and lower parts of the trimmed panel. It is used to repair the excess edge banding material up and down the edge banding strip of the processed sheet. The finishing tool is an R-shaped bit, which is mainly used for PVC and acrylic edge strips of panel furniture, preferably edge strips with a thickness of more than 0.8mm.

Scraping

It is used to eliminate the ripple marks caused by the cutting process of the non-linear motion of trimming, so that the upper and lower parts of the plate are smoother and neater.

Buffing

Use a cotton polishing wheel to clean the processed sheet, and make the edge-sealing end surface smoother by buffing.

Slotting

It is used for direct grooving of wardrobe side panels, bottom panels, and it is more convenient and quick to reduce the process of panel sawing. It can also be used for the slotting of the aluminum edging of the door panel.

What Are Edge Banders Used For?

Edge banders are used for making decorative edges on panels and boards (MDF, blockboard, particle board, solid wood board, melamine, polymer door panel, and plywood) automatically with the edge banners made of melamine, PVC, ABS, PMMA, and acrylic.

How Many Types Of Edge Banders?

Portable Handheld Edge Bander

The portable handheld edge bander can be applied to the edge banding operation of plate straight and curved irregular borders. When the handheld portable edge banding machine is installed with the fixed bracket accessories, its use method is similar to that of the traditional curved line manual edge banding machine. The portable edge bander machine is suitable for edge banding of various materials: melamine (impregnated) paper, veneer, plastic (PVC or ABS).

Semi-Automatic Edge Bander

The semi-automatic edge banding machine is suitable for straight edge banding of MDF, blockboard and particleboard. Its capabilities include gluing, edge sealing, upper and lower trimming, and polishing. It is an automatic production line that can complete the conveying of panel, edge banding, upper & lower edge milling, and polishing at one time.

Automatic Edge Bander

The automatic edge banding machine is suitable for straight edge banding & trimming of solid wood, fiberboard, particleboard, MDF, plywood. The edge banding materials can be solid wood strips, PVC, melamine, and veneer. Its capabilities include pre-milling, gluing, edge banding, leveling, roughing, finishing, profiling, scraping, polishing, grooving.

How Much Does An Edge Bander Cost?

The price of the edge banding machine varies according to the configuration. The best budget portable handheld edge banders start around $600. The affordable semi-automatic edge bander machines are priced from $5,500 up to $7,200, while some can be as expensive as $9,800. An industrial automatic edge banding machine costs from $8,000 up to $32,800.

How To Buy The Best Edge Bander?

The edge bander is a power tool with automatic electrical control and programmed operation. It should be carefully reviewed when buying.

Understanding

Listening to the manufacturer's product introduction, you can have a general perceptual understanding of the required machine from the specifications, performance, scope of use, operation method, price, service & support of the machine.

Inspection

Look at the outside of the machine in good condition. Check whether the parts and accessories are complete, watch the operation demonstration of the manufacturer's demonstration personnel, see the bonding effect, and master the operation essentials of the machine.

Testing

Turn on the machine for a test run. Check whether the power supply and air supply lines are smooth and sensitive, and whether the machine runs smoothly and without noise. On this basis, the user decides whether to buy or not.

How To Use A Edge Bander?

Step 1. First, choose the edge banding that corresponds to the color of the sheet.

Step 2. Put the edge banding strip on the turntable of the edge banding machine, and pull the interface of the edge banding strip into the edge banding machine.

Step 3. Take the sheet to the edge banding table.

Step 4. Press the board and slowly push it into the edge banding machine.

Step 5. When it is pushed halfway, you can let go, and the guide conveyor belt of the edge banding machine will automatically bring the plate forward to seal the edge.

Step 6. The board is automatically edge-sealed in the machine, and the excess part of the edge-banding strip is cut.

Step 7. Then receive the edge-sealed sheet at the end of the edge-banding machine.

Step 8. After finishing the board, you can go to the next process, and the edge sealing is over.

Things To Consider

If a thick edge banner is used for banding, the tightness of the pressing roller of the edge banding machine should be adjusted to the best position. The most common fault is to press too tightly. Since the edge banner is slightly longer than the workpiece, when the pressing roller presses the long part of the edge banner, a force perpendicular to the feeding direction is applied to the edge banner. At this time, since the glue is not fully cured, the bonding strength is not high. The tail is easy to loose and not sticky.

The indoor temperature should not be too low during processing. Generally, it should be above 15°C. Especially when the edge band is thick, the flexibility will be insufficient. It is necessary to ensure the normal operation of the preheating device. If there is no preheating device, a hair dryer can also be used for heating. The method softens the edge band, which is especially suitable for curved edges. There shall be no ambiguity in the processing workshop.

The quality of the edge-sealing tape affects the edge-sealing effect. The products sealed with the good-quality edge-sealing tape are tightly sealed, and the products sealed with the poor-quality edge-sealing tape have a larger gap at the edge, and there is an obvious black line. When the machine is trimming, the backer is easy to scratch the surface. From the cross-section of the thick edge banding, the middle part of the glued surface should be slightly more concave than the two sides.

The moisture content of solid wood edge banding materials should not be too high, and should be stored in a cool and dry room.

The amount of hot melt adhesive applied should be based on the glue that is slightly extruded from the outside of the glued parts. If it is too large, there will be a black line at the edge, which will affect the appearance; if it is too small, the bonding strength will not be enough. In order to check whether the adhesive film is continuous, it can be tested with a transparent hard PVC tape, or a common edge band can be used to seal the edge.

Edge Banders & Banding Machines for Sale

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Affordable Automatic Edge Bander for Sale at Cost Price

ST-280

$8000.00 - $14500.00

Looking for an affordable edge bander to bond, trim, scrap, and buff edges? Review the best budget edge banding machine ST-280 for cabinet making, furniture making, and more popular modern woodworking projects.

2022 Best Automatic Edge Bander Machine with Trimmer

ST-450

$8500.00 - $15500.00

Need custom edge banding solutions to make cabinets, doors and decorations? The 2022 best automatic edge bender machine ST-450 will help you to upgrade your business plans.

Automated Industrial Edge Banding Machine for Woodworking

ST-600

$9500.00 - $17300.00

Get best deals on automated industrial edge banding machine to upgrade handheld edge bander for MDF, block board, solid wood board, particle board, polymer doors, plywood, and aluminum honeycomb panel in assembly line mass production.

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