New Sliding Table Saw: Manual or Programmable

By Bill Esler | Posted: 02/05/2013 12:06PM


SCM SI400 sliding table sawSCM SI400 sliding table saw The SCM SI400 16" sliding table saw has been introduced in two versions: one programmable (SI400ep), the other manual (SI400). SCM says both versions of the SI400 Nova safely and accurately square panels, or straight-line thick, solid wood lumber. With 9-hp motor and 1-hp scoring motor, its 16" blade capacity (with scoring blade mounted) lets shops cut through 5.5" of material. Externally each offers a large 10´ sliding table that rides on hardened steel guideways with ball bearings.

Internally the SI400s incorporate a massive cast-iron blade group, with a completely enclosed structure for lifelong durability. The blade tilts using a large industrial screw, sits in a double-hung trunnion mechanism, the entire blade group rising and falling with the blade as depth of cut adjustments are made. The tilting arbor ranges from 0° to 45°.

A patented design ensures a smooth fluid movement in both tilting and raising/lowering the blade, and also prevents wood pitch and sawdust from building in the gear system – another patented feature. The rip fence has a large steel round bar with heavy-cast iron knuckle, and has a micro-adjusting feature with a cam lock to ensure solid positioning.

In the manual version, two-hand wheel blade controls are located ergonomically on the front of the machine.

In the programmable Si400ep version, the LCD controls can operate the saw manually, semi-automatically or fully automatically with memory of up 99 programs, 4-axes “Easy” electronic control and motorized programmable rip fence.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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