Time to get serious about woodworking #2: Unboxing the New Table Saw (Powermatic PM2000)

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Blog entry by Shelbdog posted 12-24-2013 10:01 PM 2997 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This blog post will discuss how my new table saw (Powermatic PM2000) came packaged from the factory and how it was delivered . I think someone that plans on buying this saw might find this posting very informal and what they will expect when taking delivery.

I ordered my new saw through ACME tools and my actual sales guy ended up personally delivering the saw right to my house. He transported the saw in a 1ton pickup with a liftgate. It was nice, he backed the truck right up to my garage to unload it. My new tablesaw came with 5 packages total, first package was large wood pallet covered with a cardboard box to protect everything; which contains the steel cabinet, motor, trunnions, main cast iron top. The hardware, blade guard, push stick, riving knifes, miter gauge, and electrical switch box where located inside the cabinet. The cast iron wings you will find inside this main box as well inside a separate cardboard box . The majority of the tablesaws weight is located inside this wood pallet box (I would estimate 450lbs). So I wouldn’t consider picking this pallet up with standard truck unless you have a forktruck to unload the pallet.

To unload my saw the sales guy and I both moved the large wooden pallet to the back of the liftgate and lowered it right into the garage and then used some muscle to slide it off the lift gate and onto my garage floor. The other 4 packages contain the fence, fence rails & angles, motor cover, and wood extension table.

As I mentioned above the main saw comes on a wooden pallet with cardboard container covering everything and steel shipping straps over the box and under the pallet to secure everything nicely. First thing a person needs to do to unbox this unit is to cut the steel straps with a pair of tin snips. After that is completed you will need to remove the staples on the bottom to remove the cardboard box cover. After you remove the cardboard box you will notice a pair of shipping bracket that you will need to remove. I love that Powermatic used these brackets because it keeps the saw from shifting during shipment. Powermatic drilled and tapped 2 holes into the cast iron base specifically for this bracket. I think its a 1/2” wrench you will need to loosen the bracket attached to the cast iron base. The other end of the bracket is secured to the pallet with lag screw. You will need to remove both brackets before you can take the saw of the wooden pallet. Wooden strips are nailed to the pallet base on all four sides and will need to be removed as well

I wanted to get the table saw off the wooden pallet that night, so I moved one edge of the saw to the edge of the pallet. The saw was slightly overhanging off the pallet, enough so I could just get my floor jack under it to start carrying some of the tablesaws weight. I used a piece of 1×4 between the jack & saw to span the distance of the saw base. This allowed me to have the jack carry the majority of the weight on one end of the saw while I positioned the other end of the saw just on the end of the pallet. I asked my wife for help during that step. Next, I got under the saw from non-jack end and lifted the saw from the pallet and slowly lowered the saw to the floor while my wife made sure the jacked didn’t shift or move to far during the lift (that part takes some muscle). Now that I had one end on the garage floor, I went to the jack end and lifted up on the saw while my wife pulled the jack out from under saw. I slowly lowered the saw to the ground to ensure I wouldn’t damage the cast iron base. It worked just like a charm. I will discuss the actual assembly of the saw on my next blog post.

-- Shelby Strempke - IOWA...GO HAWKS

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 01:07 AM

Merry Christmas.

Good thing Santa did leave that under your Christmas tree.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 12-25-2013 04:41 AM

Congrats on the saw! This may save you some hassle down the road, have a peak under the saw…do the wheels look like this one? If so consider swapping them out for urethane wheels now before you get it all put together. This fell off my brothers barely used but several year old PM2000. Since the saw hasn’t rolled more than 50 feet since new (it was in storage on the original pallet for 4 years) I don’t know what happened here beyond its a cheap plastic wheel.

I’m going to hoist my brother’s saw in the air and replace the wheels so I already looked into this task. Looks like I can just remove the axle bolt throw a new wheel on and be good to go. Removing the whole caster would be major surgery. These 3” casters are pretty standard, both Woodcraft and Rockler have decent wheels. I have the Rocklers under my 12” table saw now and it rolls nice and smooth.

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 06:43 PM

darthford….I already had the saw together before I posted this blog, but I did happen to look at the wheels on one end before I lowered the saw from the pallet to the ground. Everything looked great on my end. If I was you or your brother I would call Powermatic and have them replace the wheels since the saw has 5 year warranty. FYI…I don’t remember my wheels being an orange color either.

-- Shelby Strempke - IOWA...GO HAWKS

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