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#1 posted 10-24-2012 05:20 PM

That’s about fair, meaning what a Powermatic 8” with cabinet,
guard and motor is worth on the used market. Make sure
the gib screws are tight and the cutterhead spins freely by
hand before trying it under power.

Powermatic’s reputation is partially because they would
cast the parts and then put the new iron out in the yard
for several months to let it move before machining it.
Most light machinery makers don’t do that, so there’s
some inherent consistency from machine to machine
with old Powermatic you may not find with other brands.

I guess what I’m saying is that even if it needs a little shimming
and clean-up, it may be less of a headache than a new
machine with casting/machining problems from Asia.

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