A spindle moulder is useful for the processing of large and thick workpieces. The work support is made out of a cast iron plate. The spindle protrudes out of a round opening on the stop, located in the middle of the milling table, on the side. The spindle moulder is used to (among other things) create profiles, seams and grooves in workpieces. The machine's devices (e.g. feeding device, compression and safety device, bow spring, thrust ring, routing guard) ensure safe operation.
Table extensions and an anti-kickback device can be additionally mounted on both sides. A small appliance, like a push block, can be used to ensure a safe working environment. A swinging spindle increases the variation of processing possibilities for the workpiece.
The first milling machine was used during the industrialisation in the 19th century, where it replaced manual work like planing and filing. Vertical and horizontal milling machines are differentiated by their milling spindle.
These milling machines were powered by gear belts, which were also used to move the workpieces. The construction of the machine type "Lincoln", which transformed itself into a universal-milling machine through the additional tasks it could undertake, became a base for the construction of future milling machine. Milling slides and heads can be adjusted to run horizontally or vertically, and can process any desired angle of milling head and workpiece.
After a certain size and thickness of the workpiece, a dimensionally accurate, good quality product can no longer be achieved using a router. This is where the implementation of a spindle moulder would be useful. Smaller workpieces can also be processed using a spindle moulder.
However, it is mainly used for the processing of large profiles, to shaping thicker wood pieces through milling, or for door frame slots. For private use, stationary spindle moulder are suitable due to their size and space requirements for safe operation.
The high installation costs are often the argument used against spindle moulders. There are many second hand industrial spindle moulders from well-known manufacturers available at Surplex.com. Through the combination of different market models, spindle moulders available from Surplex.com are made from well-known manufacturers like SCHEPPACH, MARTIN, SAC, and the Italian company, SICAR GROUP.