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Sizing up panel saws, tenoners.


New equipment up to the challenge of accurate cuts.

While providing chip-free, accurate cuts is still the number one priority for panel saws, computerization has expanded operator capabilities, including optimization, downloading and barcoding.

The following roundup describes the features of 45 panel saws and tenoners currently on the market. For additional information on any machine, circle the corresponding number on the Reader's Service Card.

Panel and sliding table saws

Jump scoring is a feature of the new Sl 3800 sliding table saw from SCMI. The unit also features motor-controlled blades and workpiece positioning fence for

faster setup. 601

The Crossmatic 120 panel crosscutting center from Biesse America is designed for the strip concept, offering precision finished cuts on panels with single- or double-sided straight, softformed or postformed edged strips. The hydraulic powered saw motors and feeding and unloading system is computer-controlled. 602

The Midwest/Panhans Model 3270 panel saw from Midwest Automation Inc. handles work up to 10 ft long and 3 in. thick, with one-man operation. CNC controls provide graphic display of the cutting pattern, with optimization software available to maximize yield. Precision cuts eliminate secondary clean-up operations on laminated boards, plywood, MDF, plastics and solid surfacing materials, the company says. 603

Safety Speed Cut Co. says its new panel saw/panel router combines the performance of its most popular panel saw with the proven design of its panel router lifting platform. This full-time panel saw and part-time panel router conserves floor space and cash, the company says. 604

Holz-Her's new Super-Slide 1245 sliding table saw features: adjustable table height, conveniently located controls and tools, single-lever scorer adjustment and easy-to-read digital displays. 605

The Giben Prismatic panel sizing system from Stiles Machinery Inc. is engineered for single-operator use. It features: quick cycle cutting, a variable-speed traverse saw, programming unit, postform cutting attachment and quick blade changeover. 606

Tekna Machinery Inc. offers the Gabbiani Model GMS/SA 4000 panel saw, suitable for heavy-duty automatic panel sizing production. The single-line cutting system comes with automatic loading through use of a lift table. The patented quick/set release flange system is standard for removal and replacement of blades. Electronic score saw blade adjustment and automatic crosscut alignment are optional. 607

The Euromac Viva '93 panel saw from PAL Woodworking Machinery Inc. features a double beam saw, DC pusher motor and a saw carriage controlled by an inverter reaching the speed of 200 fpm. Other features include: the Esa Tria 4000 computer with optimization system and automatic trouble shooting, a special system for quick change of saw blades, air flotation tables, steel construction, self lubricated tracks and General Electric PLC. 608

Globe Manufacturing Co. offers the Model 13Q panel saw for all panel and sheet products. The 13Q has a machined steel top with a replaceable blade insert. The carriage runs on one flat way and one V-way using UHMW bearing surface with thrust ball bearings for adjustment. The arbor is belted to run the spindle at optimum carbide speeds and comes with or without scoring. 609

The new computer-controlled cut-to-size FW Unique from Schelling America Inc. can be designed to cope with any kind of cutting process required in a craftsman's business or as a high-efficiency machine for large-scale furniture manufacturers, the company says. 610

Wadkin USA's SP130 sliding table panel saw handles panels up to 51 in. by 98 in. and solid materials up to 4 in. thick. Features include: a unique scoring saw mechanism which has automatic height adjustment, 10-in. diameter blade, 4 1/8-in. diameter scoring blade and a heavy-duty motor. 611

The Striebig panel saw from Colonial Saw Co. Inc. provides the same square accuracy, cut quality in double-face panels and production capacity as machines that cost several times as much, the company says. The space-saving panel saw utilizes the two-axis Digitron measuring system which reduces off-loading and reloading of horizontally cut strips. The system converts instantly between inches and millimeters, the company says. 612

The Schwabedissen S50 CNC panel saw from Wood Systems Inc. features: dust- and sound-proof enclosures that permit optimal access to operating stations, low-vibration construction, automatic loading and optical control of saw processes. Books of panels up to 135mm high can be accommodated, and a variety of destacking options are available. 613

The Model MR-21 panel ripsaw from Multiscore reportedly minimizes cutting labor by single-pass ripping an entire panel, even into narrow strips and does simultaneous sawing and grooving. Available modifications include: top or top and bottom sawing arbors, jam-nut arbor/spacer system for close blade spacing, jump-arbor for non-continuous slotting and combination saw/groover cutting heads. 614

Unique Machine & Tool Co. offers overhead panel saws designed for a variety of applications. The standard table is 4 ft by 8 ft with a 48-in. cut length. Custom table sizes and cut lengths are available. The carriage is fitted with ball bearing bushings and rides along the beam on hardened steel shafts. 615

Delta International Corp.'s DE-40 3.2 meter panel/scoring saws cut chipboard, surface-finished veneer, core panels coated with synthetics or aluminum, plastic sheets, Plexiglas, PVC and wood of all types and hardness up to 5 in. thick. A sliding table facilitates cuts up to 120 in. in a single stroke, the company says. 616

Fortis Machinery Corp.'s sliding table saw is designed for cross and rip cutting of lumber, laminated and plain boards and plastics. The saw spindle is powered by a 10-hp motor that is dynamically balanced and rotates on precision ball bearings. 617

The Fixomat 13 fully automatic panel saw from Holzma-U.S. Inc. has two pressure beam saws, each with main and scoring saw. The Fixomat 13 is designed for the dimensionally exact cutting of checker and staggered, as well as headcut patterns of all kinds. An automatic feeding system via electro-hydraulical four-column lifting table with CNC-controlled infeed is standard. 618

The Scheer Model FM 16 DNC panel saw from Richard T. Byrnes Co. Inc. has a multi-microcomputer with unlimited memory and can graphically display cut plans and panels. Optional software has linking capabilities with several CAD systems. Its solid cast-iron frame mounted to a horizontal plane distributes weight evenly to make guiding the carriage easier and prolong the life of the components, the company says. 619

The HendrickSaw Inc. Pro-H can exceed tolerances of +/-0.005 in. Standard features include: THK bearings and ball screws, structural steel framework, phenolic (bakelite) table surfaces, five material grabbers to provide a firm hold on up to 4 in. of material thickness and a scoring unit that can be switched on or off at the control console. 620

The Stemac Easy Cut panel saw from Stefani Group America Inc. comes in three models. Model M comes with a manual and pneumatic stop holder, Model A has a pushing device by N.C. for longitudinal cuts and Model E has a catch clamps pushing device by N.C. for longitudinal and transversal cuts. All Easy Cut machines have the saw-blade connected with an independent scoring unit. 621

Altendorf America's 3800 Series sliding table saw provides a 12-ft, 5-in. sliding table cutting length. Pre-scoring is standard. Tilt arbor (F-45) and non-tilt arbor (F-90) versions are available. The capacity is ideal for sizing large table tops and processing thick sheet or solid surface material, the company says. 622

The Model SC/1 Griggio panel saw from Atlantic Machinery Corp. has an anodized aluminum table, external scoring adjustment, adjustable scales and a support arm extending 48 in. from left of blade. It also features: raising and tilting hand wheels, fully adjustable fence, 3-speed 9-hp main motor and 3/4-hp scoring motor and 3,400mm sliding table with telescopic extension. 623

Adwood Corp.'s 10-ft by 5-ft vertical panel saw has a self-supporting frame, bolted instead of welded, that gives the machine increased stability and precision with cut tolerances within 0.008 in., according to the company. The 5 1/2-hp saw unit swivels 90 [degrees] and is totally enclosed. The machine has a scoring unit and patented dust control system. 624

The MacMazza MCS-P 4500 heavy-duty panel saw from Quattro-Tech is equipped with a hold-down pressure beam plus auxiliary set of hold-down cylinders. The saw carriage runs on two accurate machined guides by means of wear-proof Turcite pads. Standard features include: air floatation table, automatic loading platform and electronic programmer equipped to control all moving parts. 625

The K-424 panel saw from Kett Tool Co. cuts a variety of soft or rigid sheet materials including plywood, laminate, honeycomb panels, hardboard, pressed board, siding, signs, PVC and mild steel. The saw can cut plastic 3/8 in. thick and wood products to its full depth of 1 in. using the standard 3 3/8-in. diameter saw blade. 626

The Anthon industrial panel saw from Eurohansa Inc. ranges in size from semi-manual, CNC-controlled, single-axis saws to fully automated CNC-controlled angular systems. Emphasis is on accuracy at high cutting speeds and increased yield. Options included a patented turn table, vacuum feeding and destacking. 627

Force Machinery Co., distributor of Mayer panel saws, offers a new controller that will link almost any PC, with an ASCII format, to the panel saws. A direct link from the PC to the Mayer PC 2000 allows the Mayer program to select cutting lists and download them into the saw. Onboard storage in the PC 2000 is suitable for 1,000 cutting steps, which is 70 to 80 normal cutting pictures, the company says. 628

The Mini-Max S250-S sliding table scoring saw from SCMI's Mini-Max Div. can cut double-faced panels easily, the company says. It has a 4-ft crosscut and ripping capacity. Standard features include: 50-in. sliding table stroke scoring capability, 50-in. Biesemeyer T-square rip fence, 10-in. main blade and a 3-hp, 1-ph motor. 629

The Martin T-72 table saw from Eric Riebling Co. Inc. is equipped with a scoring saw attachment, hydraulic tilting and raising and lowering arbor. Some features include: digital display, standard 7.5-hp motor and adjustable guideways. The scoring saw is adjustable both vertically and horizontally from outside of the machine. 630

Pistorius Machine Co. Inc. panel saws have a repeat stop, which reduces adjustments for horizontal cutting of strips that are the same width, and a programming rail to set fixed dimensions for serial work. To avoid chipout, the number of revolutions is brought to approximately 5,800 rpm. 631

The 5x5-V upright panel saw from A&S Machinery is a precision machined 5-by-5 structural beam supporting heavy-duty 12 bearing blocks. A counter balance weight has been added for additional safety and ease of operation, the company says. 632

Koch Machinery & Systems offers the PAUL CNC cross-cut system Model 14 MKL. The panel optimizing system is equipped with MAXI Series controller and separate luminescent scanner measuring station. It is capable of total optimization, including quality, priority and value optimizing. The machine runs at 550 fpm feed speed with up to four cuts per second. 633


The Celaschi Progress L series of single-end tenoners, available from Danckaert Machinery Co., utilizes the same chains as the company's double-end tenoner to provide the perfect squareness of a double-end with the flexibility of a single-end. Options include sizing fence adjustment ranging from manual movement with digital readout to electronic adjustment at 30 fpm. 634

The Homag Optimat from Stiles Machinery Inc. is available in several base lengths to accommodate a wide variety of workstations. Model FLO 62 is the smallest machine in the range and is suitable for sizing and squaring, with space for the addition of profiling or grooving stations. 635

The Gabbiani-G.D.G. double-end tenoner T-Modul/Sagoplus control from Stefani Group America Inc. offers simultaneous processing of both sides, continuous feeding, automatic loading and unloading and modular working units based on processing requirements. The machine is controlled by an Osai unit, based on a 32-bit CPU, the company says. 636

Roger Stiles & Assoc. offers the IMA FBA/II with two mirror image parts which are adjustable according to panel width. The left hand is fixed and the right is movable on guard rails. All guide bearings and guide rollers of the transport chain are equipped with roller bearings in order to reduce friction. 637

Mereen-Johnson's Model 820 is a one- or two-station double-end tenoner which reportedly will meet most score, trim, tenon, cope, dado, routing or sanding needs. It will handle stock from 6 in. to 120 in. at variable speeds from 15 to 75 fpm. It features a 38-in. chain beam layup area ahead of holddowns and 7-in. throat clearance beyond the feed chains. 638

The Friulmac FN-7 tenoner from Derda Inc. features a return conveyor under the machining centers, enabling the workpiece to return to the operator after both ends are machined to the desired configuration. It is completely hydraulic with a variable feed speed. It handles workpieces up to 51 in. in length down to 4 in. minimum. 639

Fletcher Machine Co. Inc. offers a combination edgebander-tenoner. The machine uses all American-made components, the company says. 640

Sunhill Machinery offers Sheng Pin double-end tenoners. Features include: solid cast-iron construction, single and double rail models, automatic or manual feed and return, and manual or pneumatic clamping. All models are available with 4-ft, 6-ft or 8-ft width capacities between spindles. 641

The Byrnes/Manea SBM-Export from Richard T. Byrnes Co. Inc. combines automatic edgebanding with double-end tenoning for increased production capabilities. The machine also can perform sanding, shaping, grooving, universal edge trimming and bevelling. Finishing units are equipped with flat cutters for straight or 45 [degrees] beveled cuts of laminates and veneers. 642

The IDM double-end tenoner from Quattro-Tech features: an all-steel base with normalized and ground sliding guides, Turcite-covered contact and side surfaces of the mobile beam carriage for friction reduction, and lubrication of all mobile beam carriage slideways at every beam movement. 643

The Torwegge CNC double-end tenoner from European Woodworking Machinery Co. allows machine parameters to be programmed and controlled by an on-board computer. Operating data can be keyed in and downloaded from a remote computer or by a bar code scanner. 644

A high-speed motor assembly is available on Progressive Systems Inc.'s double-end tenoners. It can be used as a high-speed cope motor, jump cope motor, trim motor, scoring motor, tenon motor or individual dado motor. It features commercially available 3- to 30-hp high-efficiency enclosed fan-cooled motors. 645

PHOTO : Holz-Her's Super Slide 1245, above, was officially unveiled at Ligna. Striebig's new Automat II vertical panel saw from Colonial Saw, right, features a closed frame and back system vacuum suction at the cutting blade.

PHOTO : SCMI's new SI 3800 features motor-controlled blades and workpiece positioning fence.

PHOTO : Schelling's FW-Unique cut-to-size saw features automatic feeding and is designed for custom operations or large-scale production.

PHOTO : The Fixomat 13 angular panel saw from Holzma has two pressure beam saws, each with a main and scoring saw.

PHOTO : The Gabbiani GMS/SA 4000 panel saw from Tekna Machinery comes with automatic loading through use of a lift table.

PHOTO : Adwood's vertical panel saw has a 5 1/2-hp saw unit that swivels 90 [degrees] and is totally enclosed.

PHOTO : The 3800 Series sliding table saw from Altendorf America comes in tilt arbor and non-tilt arbor versions.

PHOTO : Biesse's Crossmatic 120 crosscutting center, above, is designed for the strip concept. Celaschi Progress L tenoners from Danckaert, right, have manual or automatic fence adjustment options.

PHOTO : The Homag Optimat from Stiles Machinery is suitable for sizing and squaring and has space for profiling or grooving stations.
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