15 Years with the PH260 — Celebrated with New Design
Now, LOGOSOL introduces the fourth generation of the bestselling four-sided planer/moulder PH260. But what is hidden beneath the surface of the new design? It is the old well-tried PH260.
|The new version has a new design; among other things a cover similar to the PH360. This is to show that LOGOSOL continues to invest in the PH260, which celebrates its 15th anniversary.|
The first four-sided planer/moulder was introduced in 1997, upon requests from happy owners of the three-sided planer/moulder that was available back then. It would be perfect if it had a fourth cutter, they said. The answer to this was the LOGOSOL PH260.
Since then, the machine has been refined in two steps. The third version has been in production up to this date.
On the surface, the fourth generation looks like a new machine. The design corresponds with the new and larger PH360. But the machine itself is still practically the same. A justified question is why a new version is launched. The engineer Bo Mårtensson presents two reasons:
A Marker for the Future
“Most important is that this shows that LOGOSOL will continue investing in the PH260. It is one of the most sold and tried four-sided planer/moulders in the world. Its successor is not a replacement; it meets a different need.”
The second reason is about production economy. The PH260 will share a number of components with the new machine PH360. This will help to keep costs in check and limit future price rises.
But mustn’t there be something that is better with a new model? Even though new car models often involve a more modern look, they usually also come with a couple of new features.
“Technically, there are two differences,” Bo Mårtensson answers.
First, the new cover has a larger chip extraction duct. The diameter of the sleeve had increased from 100 to 125 millimeters (3 15/16’’ to 4 15/16’’). This was a request from customers who have other machines with extraction ducts of the larger diameter. If there is enough extraction power in the other end, the result is higher flow and better chip extraction.
Second, the fence for the pressure rollers at the fixed side cutter have been reinforced. The reason for this change is the coordination of components as regards the both machine models. But, of course, a sturdier fence can be useful.
“The larger duct for chip extraction and the fence with the pressure rollers are compatible with earlier models of the PH260 and can be ordered separately,” says Bo Mårtensson.
But primarily the update is about new design and production economy. There is no point in changing too much on a machine that works this well.
The LOGOSOL PH260 is used all over the world to plane and mould Siberian larch, African teak and American cherry-wood. There is no doubt that this is a well-tried and reliable piece of machinery.