Felder K 500 Sliding Table Saw
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My current saw is a Felder K-500 sliding table saw. This saw was made to order in Austria and took six weeks from order to delivery. The K-500, including all the accessories, cost almost three times the Powermatic 66. The K-500 is actually a blend of Hammer and Felder table saws. The saw mechanism, motor, and electronics are Hammer and the sliding table is the Felder X-Roll table. The outrigger table is similar to a Felder 700 series, but does not have as many adjustments available to it.
Felder K-500
As Delivered
On The Pallet
Operating Manual In German
My K-500 was delivered on a 4 by 7-foot pallet and weighed a little over 1,000 pounds. It was very well packaged and there was no shipping damage or loose items. Trucking companies seem to treat well-packed packages better. Felder also placed Tip-N-Tell devices on the box to alert of any mishandling. More companies should copy Felder's shipping methods. The user manual and assembly instructions were in German so I only had pictures to go by (The 500 series was a new model line at the time I bought my K-500). I called Felder-USA on this and they said the English manual is being printed. Fortunately, nearly all the assembly is just putting on the rip fence and sheet metal extension table. I then spent allot of time just checking the saw construction and alignment. Fit and finish and overall quality of the machine was average.
Sliding table saws are becoming more common, but are usually not the first choice for beginners. Lack of knowledge and cost are the main reasons. You do not see sliding table saws at Sears or most woodworking supply stores. The main reason I bought a sliding table saw was for safety.
Ripping

Most American hobby woodworkers are not familiar with a sliding tablesaw and probably do not understand what makes them safer. The method I use to make rip cuts uses the sliding table, not the rip fence. The wood to be ripped is clamped securly to the slider making kick back impossible. I am also standing far to the side of the blade while pusing the sliding table with my hands far from the blade.

Below are two pictures that give a closer look at my ripping setup. The picture on the left shows a Clincher Fence Machine from Jointech. It is attached to a Felder table extension that connects to the sliding table. This setup is also shown in the
picture at the top of this page. To rip a board I set the dimensions on the Clincher and the crosscut fence, clamp the board to the sliding table with two clamps, and push the sliding table forward. I have also include a picture of the rip fence just to prove the saw has one. I rarely use it.
Zero the Parallel Fence
Unused Rip Fence
Clamped To The Slider