Logan F300-2 PRO JOINER Logan Framing Tool Hardware
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41 of 41 found the following review helpful:
Great product, exceeded my expectations Jan 08, 2011
Overall I would have to say that I am quite pleased with the Logan F300-2 Pro Jointer. There are not many reviews for this type of equipment and much of what I found appeared biased; leaving me to feel as though my purchase would be a bit of a gamble. Hopefully this review will help answer some of your questions.
The product arrived almost fully assembled and only required two extension supports to be mounted to the base which was easy to access and quick to install. Setting the equipment for a particular frame profile only took 10 minutes and most of that was reading the manual. I did a trial run with an assortment of basic frames of rectangular cross section.
I made 18 frames from yellow birch, soft maple, and black walnut ranging in size from 3x3 to 8x10 and each was fully assembled in less than 5 minutes. The jointer comes with 100 V-nails each of 1/4 and 3/8 inch for hard and soft woods (400 total). I also purchased 1/2 inch hard V-nails. My frames were 3/4 inch thick so I used the 1/2 inch V-nails and pressed two at a time. The manual recommends pressing one at a time for very hard woods but there was no need to do this for any of the woods I used.
Every single use was smooth and without error; every nail fully inserted, no cracking of the wood, and the joints were held flush by the clamping mechanism and remained tight after removing from the jointer. The lever pulls down easily and with very little resistance as the nails are inserted.
There were only two drawbacks that I found:
1.) The jointer works best for 8x10 and larger frames, smaller frames get hung up in the clamping mechanism, either the frame sits on the quick clamp release button or the clamp handle is difficult to access. I would say the smallest frame that can be joined is 4x6 with a 1 inch width. Smaller frames sit on the quick release button when joining the two halves of the frame. I found I had to hold the button down with the frame while pinching the two halves together while inserting the V-nails. Larger than 4x6 and this won't be an issue but the handle is extremely difficult to access until making an 8x10 or larger frame.
2.) The V-nail holder is adjustable to allow for various frame widths, however, the movable portion of the holder lacks any means of locking it in position. I found that it would slip between uses so I had to keep an eye on it and realign it periodically.
Even with these two drawbacks I consider this to be a great product and am happy with my decision to purchase it. I will probably design a handle extension to make the clamp accessible with 4x6 and 5x7 frames and will not go less than 4x6 in the future.
21 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Purchase Review for Logan Pro-Framing F300-2 Feb 10, 2010
By Fun Framer
I did a lot of research before purchasing the pro joiner F300-2. I received my purchase within 7 days in perfect condition. It was easy to set up, and I began using it the day I received it. It is a great product. It has greatly increased my production speed and quality. It is simple and safe to use, and reasonably priced. I am completely satisfied with this product.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
logan pro framing joiner Feb 25, 2009
product is outstanding. Shipper didn't do good packing job and parts were missing from the box.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Unfortunate purchase Feb 18, 2012
By Dan R
I bought this item hoping to seamlessly join frame moulding, which is too expensive to waste on failed frame assemblies. Unfortunately almost every frame I attempt to join ended up with an unreasonable gap in the corner. It happened with every one of extremely hardwoods such as ash. I had slightly better results with softwoods like southern pine, but still had frequent problems with the joins in it's frames. After researching the Logan site and reading forums for what I was doing wrong, I still could not get good results. I eventually had to call the purchase a bad choice and bought a self squaring frame clamp device from Rockler, Tite Bond III glue, and a Bostich pneumatic pin gun. I am now finally able to get consistently good frames made.
I will give Logan credit for proving other information about frame building that was very helpful and saved me a ton of production issues I would have otherwise had to learn the hard way. I do use Logan pro mat cutters and complete cutters, and find both of those to perform great.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Logan Pro-Framing F300-2 Pro Joiner Feb 02, 2012
I have only used this tool 3 times, and it gets easier every time. The only drawback I have found, as others have tried to describe, is the position of the quick release button for the clamp which holds the pieces in place when nailing. (The clamp is that skinny black thing in the middle of the lower, yellow platform. The quick release button is positioned on the top side of the bottom yellow platform, in the corner nearest to the worker.) In the final nailing of 2 halves, a frame too small (w/o a clearance of 3 1/2", inside), would sit on top of the button. Therefore, one would be hard pressed to get the frame to lay flat while nailing the opposite corner (the "Kitty" corner). I did not find this to be a big drawback because a frame with only 3 1/2" inside clearance is either awfully small or awfully narrow. "Skinning" this size a cat, becomes less cumbersome, especially when you can prepare the two halves with the framing tool. Good Luck & Happy Framing!Logan Pro-Framing F300-2 Pro Joiner
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