First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw #11: Saw installation procedure and use critique as of this point

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Blog entry by psient posted 04-04-2012 03:07 PM 1375 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have now completed the installation of all parts I need to start Allan’s workshop table.

In this process I have discovered a couple of things about the PM3000.

The guard works very well. There is an anti kick-back pawl and riving knife that are both effective and extremely easy to manipulate.

The saw is extremely powerful. I received a lot of criticism on my thread about buying the saw due to its power and size exceeding the group norms established for hobby shop utility. Although I understand the opinions of those that responded (almost exclusively insistent on not buying this large a saw rather than a 3hp 10”) my decision is an endorsement of each shop owner critically evaluating the suggestions of others who respond to them on these forums.

I made the correct decision and those that were posting and representing themselves as carefully scrutinizing this saw to help with my purchasing decision may have had very little experience with it or one equivalent to this model. Ripping 4X8 sheets of thin material is easier due to the blade size. Ripping and cross-cutting large stock is simple, efficient, and (due to the saw’s size) safe.

Blades are not costly. The range of prices have run from 18 $US to 99 $US with teeth ranges from 54 to 120. Blades are very available with a 10 minute web search revealing many reputable providers. Freud makes a 12” dado-king set with 4 toothed chippers for 350 $US. I picked one up.

The prescribed technique for mounting the rails and the fence are stupid as if set out by a staff of mongoloids. The mounting procedure is sooo poorly understood by those who wrote the manual.

The side extension table is a total failure of quality control and in-house production standards. It is remarkable to me that the table is such a piece of sh!t. Powermatic has managed to destroy any and all forms of craftsmanship or professionalism; the table’s surface is uneven and bowed, the support cleats are poorly installed, placement of metal fasteners interfere with the mounting holes on the rails (I was not able to mount the table as described in the manual), the legs are not industrial strength, glue run-out interfered with leg attachments.

I have called Powermatic and spoken with a tech rep to provide constructive and critical feedback. I did this because I support the manufacturer. Had I been of the opinion that the saw itself was a gyp I would give no feedback in the hopes they would eventually go out of business.

I will continue to reference my experiences until I have enough time and range of process to write a first review.

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