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SCM SI300n or Altendorf WA-801/29
I am looking to update my sliding table saw and would prefer to go to an Altendorf if I can swing it.
I found a 2006 WA-80 that is within budget and looks to be a pretty clean machine.
Does anyone on here currently use the WA-80 model and can tell me about the saw? I was looking primarily for an F-45 with digital rip fence. Either elmo or at the very least a digital read out when moved manually.
How does the WA-80 differ from the F-45?
The saw I am looking at had digital height and tilt. The fence on the carriage looked to be different as well. At least the flip stops are different.
I was wondering if this saw was actually manufactured in Germany or if this is one of the models being made in China or whatever.
The other saw is a 2000 SCM SI300n. Looks to be in near pristine shape judging from the lack cosmetic wear.
A friend of mine runs an SCM and he loves it. I have cut on it a bunch, but I was wondering what your guys' thoughts on SCM in general was.
Is the SI300 Nova a solid piece of machinery?
This particular saw is a 1 owner in a garage wood shop. It's pretty darn immaculate for the age. Of course, I would have to see it in person and hear it run/test it.
At $7k is the SCM worth it or would it be better to take the Altendorf WA-80 at $9k? Or hold out for a 2001+ F45.
I have a Altendorf WA-8 purchased in 2008. It has served us well in that time. Had it "tuned" up for the first time last year by Stiles tech rep, only issue was to replace 2 roller bearings on the sliding carriage, nylon cracked. Wasn't having issues, just trying to stay ahead of the maintenance curve. Considered that a wear item.
I believe it is manufactured in China, but in a Altendorf owned factory is my understanding. Not outsourced. Couldn't be happier. Especially price point. Cuts everyday in 5 man shop.