Small panel sizing table saws

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Blog entry by Ken Caputa posted 08-11-2013 05:08 PM 922 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,
I would like to find a small panel sizing table saw in the US
similar to the Elektra Beckum i use in Germany.
I looked online and found the MJ6115TD

Can anyone help with some input please?
I’m looking at moving back to the states
And wasn’t sure if shipping my Elektra Beckum and having the motor swapped out is a good idea.

I look forward to any input


-- Ken in GK Germany

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#1 posted 08-11-2013 05:20 PM

The motor will run faster and the saw will be a bit noisier
due to more air turbulence around the blade, in the
states. There is no problem with the minor increase
in blade speed in a table saw. In some other machines
like planers it might be less desirable.

Sliders are tricky to make well. That China made one
is probably junk and you’ll never be able to get any
problems resolved if you import it yourself. Grizzly
sells some smaller ones that some people like…
but a lot depends on what you need to do, if you’re
a pro and if you need to cut melamine.

If when you come to the states you have a big
workshop, you can get a full sized slider like an
Altendorf or SCMI at an auction and they are not
too costly. The shorter-stroke sliders are harder
to find here.

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 09:58 PM

Hi Loren,

Thank you for responding so quick.
That’s one of my fears with a Chinese product.
I love my German saw. It’s a 360v 3 phase motor.
Would I only need to change the plug?
The motor doesn’t need to be altered in any way?
Thanks again,

-- Ken in GK Germany

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#3 posted 08-11-2013 11:15 PM

You’d need a Variable frequency drive for 3 phase at that
voltage I think. For a 4 HP motor a VFD is about $150.

Here’s a thread that addresses running a 360 volt motor
using a rotary phase converter (which is what I use, but
my 3 phase motors are 208/240v).

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 11:26 PM

I recommend posting in the forums on issues like this,
not the blogs.

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