Pocket Screw Automation for Woodworkers

By Bill Esler | Posted: 07/08/2013 11:01AM


Safety Speed Manufacturing Safety Speed Manufacturing has introduced a screw pocket machine, the SPM301.

Built in the U.S., the SPM301 has a cam-driven action which Safety Speed says provides a fast, smooth cutting action that is under complete mechanical control throughout the machine cycle, increasing tool life.

A great video shows the machine in operation – you can watch the pilot drill and ball end mill alternately move into position to produce the low-angle screw pocket. The SPM301 mechanical linkage allows the pilot drill and router bit to cut at the same time, reducing cycle time

In the video, you can also see a demonstration of the key adjustments, made from the top down for setting the back fence, stop rail, and depth adjustment. The built-in analog depth gauge allows quick material thickness changeovers.

Another nice touch: it requires only standard 110 VAC and 1-2 CFM compressed air at 80 PSI and all-around better than any other screw pocket machine currently on the market.


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Bill Esler, Associate Publisher/ Editor in Chief, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for editing Custom Woodworking Business and coordinating content for Wood Products , CLOSETS , WoodworkingNetwork.com, and related newsletters. Bill’s expertise includes using innovative print manufacturing techniques to grow audience engagement, digital printing, purls, QR codes; and lead-generating webcasts, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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