Sliding table saw
Standard joinery machine for the angular precise dividing of panels and boards. With this machine absolutely straight cuts are possible.
Construction and mode of operation
At the classic sliding table saw the panel is laid onto the working table and the cutting width is adjusted with the parallel fence. By pushing the panel against the saw blade, the cut is performed. Here, the working table with the panel on top moves parallel to the saw blade. To guarantee an easy table guide, the table moves backlash on steel guides and often supported on ball-bearings. Alternatively, there are also versions with a sliding table.
Some sliding table saws have got a scoring aggregate, which makes a splinter-free cut possible. The scoring aggregate can be adjusted in its axial position and width and rotates in down-cut, whereas the saw blade always works in up-cut. Depending on the model and manufacturer, stop and scoring aggregate can be adjusted manually or electro-motoric. The speed is usually adjusted using different fan belt discs or continuously variable using electronics.
Special features and options
The company Altendorf (1906) is supposed to be the inventor of the sliding table saw.
The company Martin was the first to build a sliding table saw with tiltable saw blade (1959).