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Forum topic by squazo posted 12-01-2017 03:23 AM 878 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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squazo

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12-01-2017 03:23 AM

for those of you who have a sliding table saw and break down sheet goods how easy is it to hold an entire 4X8 sheet up to the squaring fence. I have an opportunity to purchaser a used slider for about 50% of new price, it is a cu 500 smart felder. However I kind of think that I would benefit more from a vertical panel saw. I am only concerned with square cuts.


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wuddoc

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#1 posted 12-02-2017 03:24 AM

I have had both in my various school shops and found my students preferred the slider.

The vertical panel saw must be leveled with shims to alleviate any racking. We had to check the panel saws frequently and change shims because temperature variations flexed the frame. These included Milwaukee Vertical Panel saw, Robbins, and Stribege.

The sliders also had to be leveled but this only required turning the levelers. Sliders used in the school shops have been Grizzly G0772 and a G0623X. We also had in one shop an Altendorf F45. Not only did the students master square cutting but used them for miter cutting on frames and mouldings.

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sawdustdad

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#2 posted 12-02-2017 03:38 AM

I don’t have either, but I’d prefer a panel saw. Less lifting for these aging muscles. I’d cut the panels slightly oversize on the panel saw, then clean up on the TS.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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pottz

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#3 posted 12-03-2017 02:05 AM

personally I love a track saw.i lay the 4×8 sheets on saw horses and break them down,much easier.festool,dewalt,and Makita all make one,probably more.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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JackDuren

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#4 posted 12-03-2017 02:34 AM



for those of you who have a sliding table saw and break down sheet goods how easy is it to hold an entire 4X8 sheet up to the squaring fence. I have an opportunity to purchaser a used slider for about 50% of new price, it is a cu 500 smart felder. However I kind of think that I would benefit more from a vertical panel saw. I am only concerned with square cuts.

- squazo


It will take some time to get use too , but a pleasure to have…
Look at your needs…vertical has a place too,

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John_H

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#5 posted 12-03-2017 02:45 AM

What kind of sheet goods are you thinking about?

MDF/Melamine is around 90 to 100 lbs per sheet. 3/4” ply is around 60 lbs. I have a smaller slider (5’) and I find it easier to just slide a sheet of whatever I am working on out of my truck onto my cutting table and then rough cut it to size with my tracksaw.

Do you realize how much room a ‘full size’ slider needs?

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 12-03-2017 03:07 AM

How long is that slider on the saw you are looking at.

Since a sliding panel/table saw has 2 fences, a cross cut fence and a rip fence I’m not for sure which fence you refer to.

I have owned a cheap vertical panel (safety speed cut) and now own a Felder KF 700 S PRO. S stands for the built in shaper so its really a saw/shaper combo.

I believe the sliding table saw is more versatile l that the vertical panels saw. I’ve never had trouble keeping the sheet against either fence.

Lifting sheet goods on to the slider. Depending on your shops setup you may like me never have to lift a sheet of plywood. I take my pickup truck to my supplier and the load my truck with what ever sheet goods I need. They slide in so everything is laying flat. When I get home I back up to the shop/garage door and slide the sheets off onto a table with wheels on it. Wheel the table over my the saw and slide the sheet on to the slider and cut it, then repeat. The is no lifting of full sheets.

I have a track saw too but only used for field work or weird angles.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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JackDuren

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#7 posted 12-03-2017 03:55 AM

As far as size they might show on the internet somewhere…

We have a Powermatic and Altendorf WA8. the WA8 is

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AlaskaGuy

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#8 posted 12-03-2017 04:29 AM

To the OP

There are a number of you tube videos show the use of a slider. The may help you with some of your question.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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JackDuren

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#9 posted 12-03-2017 03:23 PM

It’s really not a garage saw unless you cut small projects….

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