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Considering a Used Striebig?

Things to Consider before buying Used "as is, where is"

Is it Green?

If so It's over 20 years old and not worth the risk of moving.

Has it been moved?

If its been moved to different areas of a plant, or to an auction house or dealer, or to multiple owners over the years, the risk of problems is much higher. Striebigs will work great for 30 years if they are bolted in place. But they're hard to move so the #1 issue we see with used machines is from moving them. They are tall and wide but very narrow. If they fall over the frame can be bent easily. Once that happens, they can't be bent back to within reliable cut accuracy. Big problem here is you can't see if its bent until you cut with it.

How's it been Maintained?

Striebigs will cut accurately for years and years if maintained properly. Problem is many American shops don't maintain them. If the ways aren't oiled regularly they can wear more in high use areas. Eventually this leads to inaccurate cuts and carriages that won't lock securely for rip cuts. If the ways get pitted or bumpy that will effect cut quality. Often you can't see worn ways unless you mic them. Frame ways can't be reground. The only way to fix Beam ways precisely enough is to have the beam reground on a CNC mill. We can do this easily at the factory or our rebuild facility but its expensive and difficult for a buyer to do.

Cracked Castings.

We have seen many used saws arrive with unseen casting cracks. If the beam is not removed from the frame properly or the counterweight drops or customers abuse the saw, the saw housing will have cracks most folks don't see until they're up close using the saw. Castings are expensive and a Cracked casting will shift when locked in place for a rip cut leading to cuts with slight beveled edges.

Missing parts.

Several customers who have purchased used Striebigs have contacted us over the years with saws missing things like moveable stops, dust hoses, brake pedals, blade guards, frame lathes, counter flange for blade mounting, complete center shelves, even the main electric control panel has been missing from saws purchased "as is, where is"

Parts availability.

Striebig guarantees parts availability for 10 yrs after the model is discontinued. Even though parts maybe available, often they're only sold as complete assemblies.


Striebig Advancements - New vs. Old



Compact auto Striebig

Pre-owned Striebig


Safety screens on back of all saws

No screens in rear.

Auto returning riving knife

Riving knife didn't auto return

Noise reducing material in housing under 77 dB

Older saws didn't have foam noise reduction in housing

Improved Blade guard and return spring

Spring would detach and guard hang to change blade

Small parts support at Center Shelf for safer cutting of parts under 8" tall

Wasn't available

Available Snap in support for parts from 8 to 15" tall

Wasn't available

Moveable center shelf support fingers allow you to customize your saw for safer cross cuts

Fixed support fingers

All saws meet TRK dust collection standards

Optional before and we sold very few in the USA

All saws have motor Breaks

Wasn't available on Optisaw 1 and 2s

General improvements

Dust hose and Electric cables housed in industrial cable chain system

Hoses wear and cables can frey or pinch on old system

Stronger frame design and construction with heavier steel

Frame design continually being improved

Current Compacts have 5.5HP

Old Compacts and Opti 1, 1plus were 4HP

Cross Cut stations setup for 40" centers

Optisaws had 1 meter centers

Parts breakdown in English, Manuals in hardcopy as well as CD and e-version

Parts breakdown in German, Hard copy only

Upward shifting Grids

Downward shifting grids could bind on offcuts leaning against saw. Some old grids don't shift at all

Adjustable Depth of Cut on Compact, Evo, Control

Optisaws had fixed cutting depth

All 5 meter machines have split center shelves allowing storage on one side while cutting on other

Old saws had either a partial center shelf or full length only.

Full wooden backer for thin materials support available on Standard, Evo, Control

Not available on old saws

Longer repeat rip device length with roller

Shorter reach and Compacts used flat reference

Smaller Auxiliary stops

Older saws had 8" wide stops

Compacts have retractable main small parts stop

Old Compacts had fixed wood block main stop

True Scoring available on all but Standard II Model

The only Optisaws that had scoring available were the Automatics & IIIs

Current DMS is less expensive and has more features, Zeros easily on bottom or centershelf, and has a much better battery

Old DMS battery was NiCad, and didn't zero out easily

Advanced Model Improvements

Advanced models have touchscreen, Ethernet, USB imports, and Graphical interface for troubleshooting

Old Automatics had buttons, relays, and dials

Controls now have automatic panel trimming and automatic rip cut positioning available

Wasn't available on old Controls and Automatics

New Control has automatic electronic repeat ripping

No repeat ripping on old Controls and mechanical on old Autos

Automatic locking rollers on Control, Evo, and Compact Auto

Wasn't available on old Autos

Automatic locking beam on Control and Evo

Wasn't available on old Autos

Automatic pivoting head on Control and Evo

Wasn't available on old Autos

Shimless Quick set scoring available

Wasn't available on old Autos


Main Office:
Colonial Saw, Inc., 122 Pembroke Street, PO Box A, Kingston, MA 02364
Phone: 781-585-4364 Fax: 781-585-9375 E-Mail:
West Coast Regional Office:
Colonial Saw, Inc., 845 Milliken Avenue, Suite F, Ontario, CA 91761
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