When Wilhelm Altendorf developed “the first Altendorf” in 1906, he
actually only wanted to design a machine that would perform a straight edging cut on a plank of
wood. But with the addition of the 90-degree cut, the principle of the sliding table saw, which
is still valid today, was born – a groundbreaking invention and the first milestone in a success
story that has already spanned more than eleven decades.
The success story of a machine category. And that of a family-owned company that rose from a small engineering firm to become the world market leader and has stood for generations for continuous further development, outstanding quality, innovation and helping to shape the future.
To mark the 100th anniversary of our company, we have compiled our history of the sliding table saw in book form: “The Saw” is an entertaining foray through a hundred years of woodworking – a history and technical book in one: contributions, for example, on automation in the carpentry trade or on the systematic selection of woodworking machines, lighten up the historical outline and make the book well worth reading all round.
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