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#1 posted 01-10-2012 08:32 PM

The first table saw I purchased was a Powermatic 64a. I purchased it off a guy on Craigslist. It was in really good shape, came with the Powermatic mobile base, a plastic dust enclosure to seal the bottom, and a nice dado set. I think I used the saw more than he did during the short time I had it.

I sold the saw about 10-months ago and got a little more than I paid for it, plus I kept the dado set. I did have to drive quite a ways to get it and spent probably $50 on gas. It was totally worth it though. I paid the guy $450 for everything. Nice heavy setup for the price.

I’d second the comment above that no matter what saw you buy, make sure to put a good blade on it. I’d go with a good Freud blade at the minimum, a Tenryu (preferably Gold) or Forrest Woodworker. If you get a lower-powered saw, consider getting different blades for different uses (crosscutting vs. ripping), as a ripping blade will have fewer teeth and clear the shavings faster, or you could also consider a thin kerf blade as well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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