Washington, DC 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

         Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 28, 2004

                                   KADANT INC.
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Delaware                             1-11406                          52-1762325
(State or Other             (Commission File Number)               (IRS Employer
Jurisdiction                                                 Identification No.)
of Incorporation)

One Acton Place
Acton, Massachusetts                                                       01720
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                              (Zip Code)

                                 (978) 776-2000
               Registrant's telephone number, including area code

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

                                   KADANT INC.

Item 12.   Disclosure of Results of Operations and Financial Condition

           On July 28, 2004, Kadant Inc. announced its financial results for the
fiscal quarter ended July 3, 2004. The full text of the press release issued in
connection with the announcement is furnished as Exhibit 99 to this Current
Report on Form 8-K.

           The information shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section
18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") or otherwise
subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated
by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act,
except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


                                   KADANT INC.


           Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                              KADANT INC.

Date:  July 28, 2004     By:  /s/ Thomas M. O'Brien
                              Thomas M. O'Brien
                              Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer,
                              and Treasurer


                                  KADANT INC.

                                 EXHIBIT INDEX

  No.                    Description of Exhibit

  99                     Press Release dated July 28, 2004