This is one of the best edge banding trimmers available. It has two blades for cutting in either direction. Both blades can easily be reversed when they become dull. I've used one in my shop for quite some time and haven't had to change the blades yet. The finger-friendly design of this edge trimmer makes it safe and easy to use. I've always maintained a "simple is better" approach to most veneering tools and this item is no exception.
To get a clean edge, you must pay attention to the direction of the grain. Most edge banding has a reasonbly straight grain but there is always a slight angle. The best cut comes from sliding the trimmer in the direction of the grain as shown below. Cutting in any other direction will cause tear out.
The white arrows above show the slight angle of the grain direction.
The blue arrows show the correct direction that the flush trimming tool is used.
Replacement blades are available.
Be sure to check out the Edgebanding Guide on the JoeWoodworker website for more information.
Review by Jennifer Chalmers
You might not expect much from such a simple tool (thats what I thought) but it really does a nice job on the edges. I trim once with hard pressure and then I go back a second time with less pressure just to fine-tune the edges a bit. As long as you pay attention to the grain direction, there is no tear-out or any other kind of surprises.