Mini Max SC4 Elite Hot
8.5' sliding table with precision bearing system
50" rip capacity to the right of blade
4.8hp (1 phase x 230v) main motor.
12" main blade capacity
5/8" American-standard saw arbor
3/4" Dado Capability
Nice Panel saw for the money
I've used this panel saw in my one man cabinet/ professional hobby shop since 2005. It's Italian made and is not on the same level as the nicely made German ones (Such as Martin and Altendorf).The more expensive panel saws are made to stand up to all day everyday use by multiple users .This particular saw is designed for the one man shop or professional hobbyist craftsman, like myself. This saw is accurate and precise and the settings have never gone out of alignment since I originally set it up in my shop. The model I own is identical to this one ,except mine has a one inch arbor. I see that they have gone to 5/8 inch arbor to help the consumer save money on blades, since most shops have regular cabinet grade table saws with a 5/8 inch arbor.Many people still don't realize that some panel saws are made to operate with a single phase motor at 230 volts, so you can plug it into to regular house hold current, such as what I have in my back yard residential shop. All panel saws come with a scoring blade mounted into the table just ahead of the main blade to aid in scoring the underside of the panel to prevent chip out from the main blade.This is especially helpful when cutting melamine and plywood sheet stock. The price of a saw of this caliber may seem high, but if your using it to make money building kitchen, garage, bath or hallway cabinets it can pay for itself in just a few jobs. I shopped around for several years before I purchased this saw and found the Minimax Co. to be the easiest to work with, with the best prices. The Companies that I shopped at besides MiniMax were Felder, Powermatic,and Grizzly to name a few. At the time Grizzly had just started marketing panel saws. Had I waited ,I may have purchased one of theirs , as they now have a decent line up of panel saws at very good prices. If you do buy new don't be afraid to negotiate a lower price with the salesperson. You can certainly find these used or at Auctions, especially since the economy has not been growing as of late. So there are a lot of these sitting idol in shops , storage units and auction houses. They really are nice to have, even if you don't build cabinets since it gives you a much broader range of capability in your woodworking with greater speed an accuracy. If you have the room and the money it's well worth the investment.