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The story of the success of Altendorf is the story of the success of a machine: the sliding table saw invented in 1906 by Wilhelm Altendorf. Kurt and Willy Altendorf, the founder's sons, decided in 1956 to focus exclusively on manufacturing sliding table saws according to the "Altendorf system", turning Altendorf into a specialist and setting the Altendorf sliding table saw on course to conquer the world. The number of Altendorf sliding table saws put to work in carpentry, cabinet-making and joinery workshops and wood, metal and plastics processing companies around the world has now surpassed 150,000.


The world has Wilhelm Altendorf to thank for the sliding table saw. His invaluable invention, which first saw the light of day in 1906, enabled users to make a straight trim cut in a plank – an essential precursor to the 90° crosscut – for the first time. Woodworkers all over the world have been reaping the benefits of this remarkable invention ever since, with more than 150,000 Altendorf machines sold worldwide to date. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the intervening years have also seen the Altendorf name become synonymous with the sliding table saw.