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, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, 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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