Washington, DC 20549

                                   FORM 8-K/A

                                 CURRENT REPORT

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

       Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): October 27, 2004

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

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

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)

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                                   KADANT INC.

Item 2.06  Material Impairments.

        Kadant Inc. (the "Company") is filing this amendment to its Current
Report on Form 8-K, filed on October 28, 2004 (the "Form 8-K"), to amend Item
2.06 of the Form 8-K to provide more current information available. 

        In the three-month period ending October 2, 2004, the Company continued 
to experience problems in the composite building products business (the 
"composites business") that affected its profitability. In addition, the Company
experienced a substantial increase in warranty claims that affected its 
profitability in the three-month period ending October 2, 2004. The claims were 
associated with a new problem concerning excessive oxidation that affects the 
integrity of the plastic used in some of its decking products. As a result of 
the increase in warranty claims and in accordance with Statement of Financial 
Accounting Standards No. 144, "Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of 
Long-Lived Assets," the Company evaluated the long-lived assets of its 
composites business for impairment. The Company performed an impairment 
assessment of these long-lived assets as of October 2, 2004, based on the most 
current information available regarding the estimated fair value of the 
composites business and concluded that no impairment loss was required at that 

        On October 27, 2004, the Company's board of directors approved a plan
and management committed to sell the Company's composites business after making
a determination that the business no longer aligns with the Company's long-term
strategy. The Company intends to sell the composites business as a going concern
and is presently evaluating potential buyers for the composites business, as
well as the costs that may be incurred in selling the business. Under the plan
approved by the board of directors, the Company plans to sell the composites
business within the next year at a price that is reasonable compared to its
current fair value.

        The composites business, which is included in the Company's Composites
and Fiber-based Products segment, had total assets and liabilities of
$11,301,000 and $6,881,000, respectively, as of October 2, 2004. Included in
total assets as of October 2, 2004, was $6,737,000 of property, plant, and
equipment, net of accumulated depreciation, and $95,000 of intangibles. Going
forward, the Company will continue to assess any potential impairment loss or
other costs associated with the sale of the business and record a loss, if any,
when required.

                                   KADANT INC.


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

                              KADANT INC.

Date: November 12, 2004   By: /s/ Thomas M. O'Brien                            
                              Thomas M. O'Brien
                              Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer,
                              and Treasurer