Chessington Surrey based architectural joiners Classical Images approached Daltons Wadkin when they realised that their hardworking Altendorf F45 Sliding Table Panel Saw was in need of a revamp or replacement.
The machine had not let them down but lacked some of the technical features of the new models and being an integral and important part of their production facility some wear and tear had taken place over the years.
When you have the best however why change to anything else? Accordingly Daltons Wadkin specified a new Altendorf F45 which at the time they had in their showroom for sales and demonstration purposes. This incorporated a 3200 mm sliding table, two-axis scorer, Rapido system, power operated rip fence, a variable spindle speed of 2000 to 6000 rpm and a cutting width of 1300 mm. The machine also incorporated power operated tilt and rise and fall movements to the saw spindle and was an ideal example of a top of the range Altendorf product.
Alex Dalton commented “We had no need to sell the virtues of the Altendorf equipment as Classic Images were fully aware that they represent the very best in the business. It was simply an update they needed in order to start again with a high specification saw with all the accuracy and finesse which a new machine can provide”.
Daltons Wadkin were able to take the old machine in part exchange and also provide a full delivery and commissioning service on the new one using their own dedicated transport and engineers. John Allison of Classic Images commented “We are delighted with the new saw and with the service provided by Daltons Wadkin. The new machine is ‘state of the art’ and will enable us to maintain and develop the highest standards of workmanship in our business which combines traditional skills with modern machining methods.”