I am planning to build my own kitchen along with laundry/bathroom vanities.
I’ve built these a few times in the past under the supervision of an experienced cabinet maker, however I was always able to use his panel saw so never had to think about the machinery side of things.
I will be cutting sheets of melamine or laminex, so need a scribing blade to avoid chipping etc.
Now I have my own garage with 3 phase power and thought it be a good time to purchase a panel saw. I’m not a commercial cabinet maker and the saw will only be used to build what I need around my home.
I will probably end up selling the saw in a few years after I’m done, but who knows. I need a saw that cut angles, my budget is <$5k (AUD) and I am happy to get something old.
I’ve been doing alot of research and the brands that keep coming up are SCM, Altendorf and casadei. I’ve been keeping an eye on used classified sites. There’s a lot of Alendorf F90s for sale within my price range, but they won’t cut angles. The F-45 is the model that will, but they tend to be out of my price range. The casadei look like good value for money and they will do everything I want (infact my cabinet maker friend had a casadei).
Just after some tips on what to look out for when I go and look at these machines. In my list so far:
1. Sliding table condition (i.e. any play and ease of travel)
2. Blade adjustment, does it move up/down etc.
3. Blade straightness/squareness, I will only plan to look at saws that can be operated infront of me, so I’ll be able to run a few test cuts for this.
That’s all I can really think of with these saws from the 80s. If all functions check out and I land this saw in my garage on a level surface, is there anything else I need to do to? Should the saw be serviced?
What do they actually do during a saw service and how much does that usually cost? Should I ask the purchaser for a ‘service history’ ?