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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to some of the most common questions

About Machines

How do you determine the quality ratings?

The quality ratings are an objective measure of the quality, meaning the attention to detail, quality of parts, materials used, number of features, and overall build quality of the machine.

How do you determine the value ratings?

The value for money rating is a bit more subjective and based on our own experience with prices of similar machines. These are more like an opinion, so if you have a different view, just let us know in the comments.

The machine I own is slightly different from how it is described on Machine Atlas, how is that possible?

Many woodworking machines have undergone various ongoing improvements during their life. So even if there is only one model number, in reality there may be multiple versions with small differences. Additionally, not all information about old machines is available anymore, and sometimes we use data from secondary sources, which may not be 100% accurate. If you find any serious errors though, do let us know here! We strive to be as accurate as possible.

Who do you mean exactly with Hobbyists, Semi-professionals, and Professionals?

Generally, hobbyists are home woodworkers with a smaller budget and limited space. Semi-professionals are serious enthusiasts who want high quality machines, and users in small-scale professional wood shops. Professionals are people who use their machines every day and push their equipment to the limit.

Of course, these categories are not clear cut. Some home woodworkers use professional-grade machines, and some professionals manage to do great work on affordable machines. But these labels are meant to give a general idea of what type of people a specific machine is aimed at.


About Prices

Which countries are covered by your price tracker?

Currently we show prices for the US, UK, Germany, and The Netherlands.

How often are prices updated?

Prices are updated at least once every day. This means you will nearly always find the latest, accurate price for each store.