kappa 550

Sliding Table Panel Saw


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Setting the standard for size, performance and precision 

  • Ergonomic "Digi-Drive" control panel
  • Positioning control of the saw blade height
  • Positioning control of the saw blade angle (0°-46°)
  • Positioning control of the rip fence (Option)

Format-4, the right decision. A perfect combination of durable quality and precision
Format-4 woodworking machines are top of the range products from Austria. Modern manufacturing engineering, production machines and continued quality assurance processes guarantee the quality, precision and reliability of your new Format-4 machine.

... FORMAT-4 Premium machines for premium requirements

  • Constantly high performance in industrial continuous operation
  • Customer specific optimised production solutions
  • Solid design with premium components
  • Many variations of specification packages with high-tech solutions
  • Complete engineering precision
  • Premium user comfort
  • Award winning design
  • Quality and precision from Austria
  • Uncompromised productivity
  • Perfect service package before, during and after the purchase
  • CE + GS dust certified
  • Tailor made financing solutions

Details

The saw unit “200”

The saw unit “200”



The newly developed Format-4 saw unit made from cast iron offers not only high performance and precision but also extreme smoothness and vibration absorption.

  • 3-axis “Control” scoring unit
  • Scoring unit park position
  • Change the saw blade without tools!
  • Large cutting depth, even with a scoring unit
  • Spraying equipment for the processing of non-ferrous metals and plastics
  • Saw unit with “Easy-Glide” tilt segment guiding system
  • Tilting of saw-blade 90°-45°
  • Oversized saw arbor with double bearing trunnions

Oversized saw arbor with double bearing trunnions

Oversized saw arbor with double bearing trunnions



  • Absolute vibration-free machining
  • Incredible power transmission due to the ultra efficient Poly-V-belt drive technology

“Easy-Glide” - 6 year guarantee!

“Easy-Glide” - 6 year guarantee!



  • High precision double-sided trunnion support system
  • High load-bearing capacity and operating life
  • Play-free tilt
  • Unaffected by dust
  • Completely maintenance free
  • No lubrication required
  • 6 year guarantee

Large cutting depth

Large cutting depth



With the new kappa 550 you can dramatically increase the cutting height of your panel saw. The kappa 550 gives you 202 mm at 90° and 141 mm at 46°. When you are looking at premium class panel saws, these are the figures you should be searching for!

Tilting of saw-blade

Tilting of saw-blade



  • Tilting of saw-blade 0°-46°
  • 202 mm of cutting depth at 90 degrees
  • 141 mm of cutting height at 45 degrees

To use a grooving cutter “Dado cutter”

To use a grooving cutter “Dado cutter”



Slot cutting is possible with Format-4 panel saws. The use of adjustable dado tools, specifically developed by Format-4, can be used thanks to the removable circular saw flange and the table insert.

The scoring unit is powerful and efficient

The scoring unit is powerful and efficient



Choose between two high ­performance scoring units: Classic, Automatic Both units combine reliable operating and drive technology for perfect scoring results. That’s guaranteed with a 125 mm diameter scoring blade and a speed of 9000 rpm.

Safety made visible - Scoring unit operation display

Safety made visible - Scoring unit operation display



A red LED strip immediately signals the operation of the scoring unit and offers even more working safety. (Option)

Saw blade change without tools

Saw blade change without tools



Fast, uncomplicated and totally without tools: Changing the saw blade on the new Format-4 machine is incredibly simple simply incredible! The patented power transfer system ensures that the required pressure on the flange is applied. A clamping lever is used for the tool free clamping of the riving knife. Maximum operating safety and maximum productivity are guaranteed with Format-4.

Simple, safe & quick - "Quick-lock" saw blade clamping

Simple, safe & quick - "Quick-lock" saw blade clamping



An alternative to the worldwide unique Format-4 saw blade quick change system 'Easy-lock' is now the 'Quick-lock' clamping system, which with the use of just one tool makes it quick and easy to change the saw blade.

The CNC “Central Command”

The CNC “Central Command”



CNC control with LED display

Standard equipment

Standard equipment



The highly visible scale on the saw table enables accurate settings and the rip fence has a tilt and inversion function.

Rip fence with position control

Rip fence with position control



The rip fence is positioned by a motor and runs via a dust-free integrated ball spindle in the saw table. The 1/10 mm precision, the high positioning speed, as well as the simultaneous positioning of the crosscut fence, saw blade height and saw blade angle ensure precision and save valuable working time.

  • Optional with the kappa 550 and the x-motion
  • Standard on the e-motion model

  • Rip fence standard on the solid steel rip bar

    Rip fence standard on the solid steel rip bar



  • Table scale as standard
  • Fine adjustment as standard
  • Optional electronic digital indicator for the standard rip fence
  • Optional position control, rip capacity reading from the electronic digital indicator The smooth movement of the rip fence, feels like it’s hovering over the cast iron table. The single-handed quick clamping and the fine adjustment ensure quick and accurate setting of the rip fence to your required settings! The aluminium rip fence plate can be adjusted to optimise the feeding of workpieces. When working with narrow and thin cuts of wood or with the sawblade tilted, it can be laid on its side and used in the flat position.

  • Electronic digital display can be read from every position.

    Electronic digital display can be read from every position.



    The rip fence can be fitted with an electronic digital display. The perfect integration of the electronic unit allows you to turn the display around 90°, so the values can be clearly seen and read from the operating area. Additional functions such as the input of incremental measurements make your daily working life easier. Further highlights:

  • Brightly illuminated red LED display facilitates the reading of values
  • No batteries are required as it is directly connected to the machine’s power supply
  • Recognises automatically whether the fence is in the vertical or horizontal position
  • Measurement compensation of the saw blade tooth width

  • “X-Roll” sliding table, 10 year guarantee

    “X-Roll” sliding table, 10 year guarantee



    A masterpiece of ­engineering - The ultimate in precision and smoothness! This precision guiding system will carry maximum loads without compromising the smooth and accurate stroke of the sliding table. The “X”-configuration of the roller bearings optimally distributes workpiece weight to all sides. With a roller bearing system, the full width of the bearing is in contact with the guiding track. With no single point of contact between the bearing and the guiding track as found on conventional ball bearing systems, the roller bearing will never wear a groove into the guiding track. This ensures play-free guiding for the lifetime of the machine. The “X-Roll” system is backed with a 10-year factory guarantee.

    Main operating switches on sliding table

    Main operating switches on sliding table



    As an option, it is also possible to equip the saw with the wireless push button control “ON” switch of the main blade and scoring blade to the sliding table, speeding up the work process further.

    Fix in every position - Multiple position locking of the sliding table

    Fix in every position - Multiple position locking of the sliding table



    The tried and tested 'X-Roll' sliding table with linear guide system is now equipped with a stainless steel latch plate which enables the sliding table to be locked in almost any position.

    “X-Roll” outrigger table

    “X-Roll” outrigger table



    The 8x ball bearings, integrated guide rollers and bearings of the outrigger table ensure an incredibly smooth operation upon maximum loading capacity. The support rail is moved along an “X-Roll” guiding system and is fast and fine-adjustable. The LED display enables you to set the required angle to one tenth of a degree. The blade can be tilted to any position between -45° and +45° and guarantees precise mitre cuts.

    “digi-compensation plus” - digital angle/length compensation

    “digi-compensation plus” - digital angle/length compensation



    The digital angle and length compensation module 'digi-compensation plus' for X-roll or parallelogram outrigger tables compensate any changes in the length difference of the crosscut fence settings, as the angle is changed. The direct communication with the controls, also enables it to compensate the fence position of the crosscut stop to the width of the tooth and the tilt of the saw blade. This ensures that you always get an exact measurement without any recalibration when using different saw blades.

    Parallelogram outrigger table

    Parallelogram outrigger table



    Infinite adjustment range –45 bis +45°. The LED display enables you to set the required angle to one tenth of a degree. Mitre length compensation is done via the vernier scale with the standard fence, with the CNC crosscut fence the length compensation is automatic.

    Digital accuracy

    Digital accuracy



    On request, we will equip your Format-4 with the digital telescopic fence. Below, you see the cleverly integrated electronic digital scale with values correct to 0.1 millimeter. Additional functions, for example the setting of successive measurements, make your daily working life easier.

    Telescopic crosscut fence

    Telescopic crosscut fence



    The telescopic fence enables crosscuts of up to 3200 mm. Top class engineering and ease of use are features which are a part of the standard equipment. The scale and the magnifying glass on the stop ensure precise adjustments and settings from the operating area.

    Even more flexible - Ergonomic locking lever at the crosscut fence

    Even more flexible - Ergonomic locking lever at the crosscut fence



    The crosscut fence on the outrigger is now even easier to tilt from zero to 45 degrees with the improved locking lever. The large dimensioned, ergonomic clamping lever can be used at every angle.

    Parking the outrigger

    Parking the outrigger



    The outrigger table can be swung out of the way with ease! No more time consuming, complicated assembling and removing of the outrigger table. The outrigger table swing away system on the new kappa 550 ensures extreme ease of use and at the same time can provide you with extra working space when you need it.

    Overhead saw guard

    Overhead saw guard



    The FORMAT-4 overhead saw guard is integrated nicely into the machine design. It is easy and convenient to use. With only a flick of the wrist the saw guard can be moved and tilted completely away from the machine area. The dust extraction hood adjusts itself automatically to the work piece height and always provides optimal working safety and dust extraction performance.

    On the right track - Laser cutting line marker

    On the right track - Laser cutting line marker



    The maintenance free linear laser is mounted to the overhead saw guard and can be adjusted to any position. The easily visible cutting marker makes it easier to trim or cut along cracked wood.

    Overhead saw guard with sub-table extraction system

    Overhead saw guard with sub-table extraction system



    The newly developed overhead saw guard and dust removal system deliver perfect extraction results. The overhead saw guard, with its striking design, runs on linear guides that help to facilitate the height adjustment. The dust and shavings are sucked from the saw guard into the extraction pipe via a short hose. The dust extraction below the table encloses the complete saw unit. The dust channel is the perfect design to provide an optimum air flow and perfect main blade and scoring unit extraction results.

    Pneumatic pressure bar

    Pneumatic pressure bar



    Both halves of the pressure segments can be controlled individually. Clamping length of 3000 mm and height of 80 mm. Particularly suitable for long and thin materials such as veneer.

    Pneumatic workpiece holder

    Pneumatic workpiece holder



  • Easy clamping of workpieces with maximum flexibility, can be used on all panel saws and spindle moulders that have a sliding table
  • Easy set up due to magnetic fittings
  • Safety cylinder ensures maximum working safety
  • Pressure bar function is possible with every sliding table length
  • Locking height 95 mm
  • Clamping force approx. 300 kg

  • Always at hand - Additional storage options in the front tool compartment

    Always at hand - Additional storage options in the front tool compartment



    The tried and tested tool compartment positioned directly at the front of the machine has now been made even more practical with the addition of two magnets for the storage of the riving knife and the scoring blade. There will also be the possibility to attach the edging shoe directly to the machine for storage. So everything is always in its place!

    Spraying equipment for the processing of non-ferrous metals and plastics

    Spraying equipment for the processing of non-ferrous metals and plastics



    Your Format-4 can be optionally ­fitted with a spraying unit. High performance lubricating oil can be sprayed directly onto the saw blade, transported via piping from the spraying unit.

    Can now be retrofitted: Full surface support on the outrigger table

    Can now be retrofitted: Full surface support on the outrigger table



    The new full surface and magnetic mounted supports on the outrigger table offer an increased support surface and guarantees a safe grip and a stable support for the processing of smaller workpieces.

    The crosscut fence

    The crosscut fence



    For crosscuts between +45° and –45°, the crosscut fence is set with a mitre scale, which is integrated into the sliding table. Quick attachment without tools is made possible by a T-slot and quick coupling on the side of the sliding table. The mitre scale and the magnifying glass on the fence stop, readable from the operating area, allow you to make precise adjustments.

    Rip fence for “X-Roll” sliding tables

    Rip fence for “X-Roll” sliding tables



    The ideal accessory for parallel cuts on the sliding table. Use your sliding table and the outrigger together with the rip fence to guarantee an exact workpiece positioning. The rip fence is clamped to the sliding table. The integrated scale from 25 to 1000 mm can be easily read through a lens.

    The electronic double mitre gauge

    The electronic double mitre gauge



    One of the valuable accessories in daily use on woodworking machines is the patented double mitre gauge from Format-4. It enables double mitre cuts on workpieces of different widths at any angle. The input of the workpiece widths A, B and the input of the desired frame angle, is carried out on the integrated computer via the keypad. The resulting settings appear correct to within a tenth of a degree on the display. Just set the double mitre gauge at the calculated value and work away with a result of … pinpoint accuracy! The fence stop on the fence plates can be adjusted up to 1350 mm with the scale. Depending on the set angles, the length compensating vernier scale is available. This feature also enables you to set the exact workpiece length when making mitre cuts.

    Transport and mounting unit for outrigger table

    Transport and mounting unit for outrigger table



    At last: quick, comfortable and effortless, removal and installation of your outrigger table with the help of the transport and mounting unit. Another positive aspect: your outrigger can be conveniently stored away!

    Equipment

    Electrics
    001 3x 400 V motor voltage Standard equipment S
    002 3x 230 V motor voltage Optional equipment at no extra cost
    004 50 Hz motor frequency Standard equipment S
    005 60 Hz motor frequency Optional equipment at no extra cost
    006 10 HP (7.35 KW) S6/40%, 3 speeds 3000/4000/5000 rpm Standard equipment S
    007 13,5 HP (10 KW) S6/40%, 3 speeds 3000/4000/5000 rpm Option
    008 20.0 HP (15.0 KW) S6/40%, 2 speeds 2800/4000 rpm (!002) Option
    10 Star-delta start Standard equipment S
    17 10 HP (7.35 KW) S6/40%, variable speed 2000–6000 rpm Option
    18 13.5 HP (10 KW) S6/40%, variable speed 2000–6000 rpm (not possible for 3x 230 V) Option
    12 Trigger switch for dust extractor start up Option
     
    Saw unit
    Saw blade diameter 250–550 mm, max. cutting height 202 mm Standard equipment S
    Electrical height adjustment Standard equipment S
    Electrical angle adjustment 0°–46° Standard equipment S
    71 Storage compartment for 5 saw blades of up to 400 mm Option
    Powder coated steel extension to increase the cutting length by 1200 mm Standard equipment S
    72 Anodised aluminium extension to increase the cutting length by 1620 mm Option
    73 Spraying unit to assist in processing light metals or plastics Option
    74 “Classic” scoring unit with 1.1 kW motor and scoring blade Ø 120/125 mm which can be used in combination with a max saw blade Ø 400 mm (max saw blade Ø without the scoring blade is 500 mm) Option
    75 “Automatic” scoring unit with 1.1 kW motor and scoring blade Ø 120/125 mm which can be used in combination with a max saw blade Ø 400 mm. Rise and fall of the scoring blade is automatic. Option
    77 Flange set for scoring blades with a 22 mm arbor instead of 20 mm for the “Classic” and “Automatic” scoring units Optional equipment at no extra cost
    79 Scoring unit status light Option
    78 "Easy-Lock" - Tool-free quick change system of the main saw blade and riving knife, can be retro-fitted on all kappa 550’s Option
    780 Quick-Lock, the saw blade changing system for main circular saw blade, anti-twist protection by driving pins in flange Option
    820 Clamping unit for slotting saws Option
     
    Control Systems
    20 kappa control with LED display showing the height, angle and rpm integrated into the control panel on the machine frame Standard equipment S
     
    Safety devices
    Overhead guard is height adjustable and can be swung away, includes a cover for 90° cuts and a separate cover for mitre cuts Standard equipment S
    80 LASER cutting line marker on the overhead saw guard Option
    81 Foot pedal to allow the release of the overhead guard position lock so that it can be swung away Option
     
    Cutting width and rip fence
    1000 mm rip capacity, powder coated steel Standard equipment S
    83 1250 mm rip capacity, anodised aluminium Option
    84 1600 mm rip capacity, anodised aluminium Option
    1200 mm rip fence with micro fine adjustment which can be tilted away Standard equipment S
    85 Rip fence with digital indicator and automatic cutting width compensation for tilted saw blade. Option
    891 Rip capacity 1000 mm with position control and digital readout on the rip fence. Option
    86 Rip capacity 1250 mm with position control and digital readout on the rip fence. Option
    87 Rip capacity 1600 mm with position control and digital readout on the rip fence. Option
     
    Sliding tables anodized, “X-Roll” guiding system
    130 2200 mm “X-Roll” sliding table with edging shoe Optional equipment at no extra cost
    131 2800 mm “X-Roll” sliding table with edging shoe Standard equipment S
    132 3200 mm “X-Roll” sliding table with edging shoe. Option
    133 3700 mm “X-Roll” sliding table with edging shoe. Option
    134 Multiple locking mechanism on the sliding table (!130) Option
    139 Remote “ON” switch for main blade on the sliding table Option
    139A Remote “ON” switch for main blade and scoring unit on the sliding table Option
     
    Outrigger table and crosscut fence
    160 Outrigger table dimensions 1250 x 650 mm Standard equipment S
    161 1250 x 650 mm (49” x 25”) “X-Roll” outrigger table with adjustable support and digital angle display Option
    162 1250 x 650 mm (49” x 25”) parallelogram outrigger table with digital angle display (!133) Option
    163 Precision mitre guide index system (#160) Option
    164 Extendable extrusion up to 500 mm on the outrigger table with work piece roller (!162, !169) Option
    165 Swing away device for the outrigger table (#072,!169) Option
    166 3200 mm crosscut fence, moves from 90°–45° with 2 crosscut stops as standard Standard equipment S
    167 1900 mm crosscut fence with precise adjustment, tiltable from 90° to 45°, 1 stop digitally adjustable up to 1900 mm, telescope with analogue stop adjustment for up to 3200 mm. Option
    168 3200 mm crosscut fence with fine adjustment, pivots between 90° and 45° with 2 digital fence stops Option
    175 Crosscut fence with 2 digital stops, including calculation of the length compensation when the fence is at an angle (#161/162) Digi compensation plus Option
     
    Packaging
    221 Preparation for container transport, palette 2100 mm x 1500 mm Option
    223 IPPC packaging Option
     

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