First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw #8: Powermatic 3000 set-up on mobile base

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Blog entry by psient posted 03-15-2012 03:37 PM 11497 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Mobile base is painted and finished Part 8 of First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw series Part 9: Extension Table »

This saw is 7.5hp 3-phase with a 14 inch blade capacity.

Here’s the final product; base and saw. I now need to assemble the saw and buy a blade for it. Next is to test it on the RPC. After that I can start arranging the shop. Once I have sufficient room for the table I will begin building it.

I’ll also make a bandsaw and jointer selection concomitant with the table-build. I’ll buy a grizzly bandsaw I think. As for the jointer, I don’t know yet.

I can construct low-boy bases for any of my tools with confidence after completing the saw’s base. What I need most in connection with this type of work is practice welding. I’ve only had the welder for a few days and mainly just began to make sense of the processes for the last two. The base is very sturdy and well built but the welds are novice and overdone. You Tube is a help but practice is the key. I need a source for a bunch of useless metal to waste.

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 10:53 PM

What an impressive piece of equipment. It looks like you did a good job on that base. I hope you have a safe place to do that welding. I’ve wanted to learn welding for a long time, but I don’t dare because I have to work indoors most of the time because of the wet weather here, and I’m afraid of burning the place down. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of that fantastic saw.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 10:32 AM


Tusen takk. I appreciate your support! It’s a fairly powerful saw for a small hobby shop but I can accurately and safely cut anything. A big hassle getting everything organized and built though!!

I’m a little confused about your reticence when it comes to hobby welding? Maybe your situation is unique.

Imagine that you had a small space (about 4 X 5 meters) bare with a steel table, tile or concrete floor, 4 walls, and electricity-that’s what I have for a welding area. The walls are wood framed covered with gypsum board, an open wood ceiling, wooden doors, and no windows. I can open a door to the outside if I need to increase ventilation.

If you had a similar room with electricity, you could weld all day without suffering any negative consequences. There’s no risk of wildly chaotic cinders or heat. The sparks aren’t sufficient to ignite anything closer than 1 foot away and even then it’s unlikely if using a small steel table (120 cm square) to weld on. Unless you are consciously trying to start a fire it’s actually difficult to generate a dangerous situation given that you act like a mature and responsible adult male.

You probably know this:

Today’s wire-welders/MIG machines are inexpensive, well designed, simple to use, and effectively fool-proof . . . unless you are committed to making gross errors in judgment. I safely learned by watching You Tube.

You don’t need the higher voltages, large ventilated enclosures, or isolated fire proofed open spaces. If you have a durable steel table and don’t weld around flammable liquids you can achieve a good level of safety and have fantastic results!!!! My biggest threat is forgetting to put on gloves when I grind down welds or prep steel. I’ve skinned my knuckles many times and the scuffs are always at risk for infection. I have to stop what I am doing, clean up, bandage them with antibiotic, and then put on gloves before I can continue—and it hurts! Aside from that I don’t recall any hazard or an incident (knock on wood!).

If I can be so bold please, Continue to think about welding, no need for bias or fear.

Jon in SoCal

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 12:13 PM

Man! That is a lot of saw. I’m an amateur welder myself. I took a class at a local community college. It was something like $50 and the metal was unlimited. They let me buy a lot of nice metal for almost nothing and gave me a lot to take home for free. I’m not sure the class helped but I agree with you, the modern machines are pretty safe. In my job, however, I see a lot of industrial welding deaths. It’s usually someone with a damaged wire coiled up on themselves, holding rods in their mouth, etc. If you own a table saw, you’ve probably got the safety sense to stay safe welding. But yes, it takes practice! My welds are still like fat caterpillars:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 01:52 PM

Hi Jon. My whole shop is only 22m2. I could actually use my garage which would be safe enough. I think the main problem at my age is buying the equipment and making the effort to learn a skill that would be seldom used. I would have been more willing to make the investment and effort a few years ago though. I assume from your name that you have a Norwegian background. Is that right?

Powermatic makes some great woodworking machines. I sure would like to have one of their lathes or anything else they sell for that matter.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-17-2012 02:20 PM


I think that 6X10 isn’t too small to set up a mig and table. If you can’t afford it then that’s a whole different discussion.


Yes practice is key.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 11-17-2014 09:40 PM

Great job on the base!

That saw is impressive!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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