I saw a table saw I've never seen before, haven't seen that many but
this one was amazing. I guess designed for production for sure.
It had a large arm that allowed the entire left side of the saw table
to slide back and then all the way forward for cutting large sheets.
I didn't get the brand, may have been italian-made. I guess it's
called a panel-saw. Definitely vintage.
Like this, scroll down a bit.
Pretty common in the industry. There are some sweet video's on YouTube
The one I saw was an ancestor to these. FWIW the one I saw had an
arm with a pivot point about half-way between the far-left edge
and the saw. Like an elbow say. I didn't see any aluminum, it
was a beast of steel and cast iron.
It was definitely, as I've not seen any of that class of machine.
I moved that table back and forth several times enjoying the
beauty of it and saying wow.
There was also a monster bandsaw that could only be moved by forklift.
Poitris I think. The biggest band saw I've ever seen. I'm not sure
of the sizes but from memory I'd guess 24 inches for throat or more.
Just a giant. There were other equally large machines and I was
experiencing cerebral overload taking it all in.
There was a lathe that looked like a museum piece and not
because it looked old or big or heavy or... But just because
it was a work of art. It had two heavy pipes for the bed-way
and heavy, curvy tailstock. It was maybe 48" and maybe we'd
call it a 20/48. So a 10" radius head stock to bedway.
It was an impromptu visit and I had no idea what I was going
to see. I'm still trying to recount everything there.
I'm pretty sure I'd volunteer the left-nut for that shop.
(maybe with a local anesthesia)
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