|Review by hickeymad||posted 04-17-2012 08:59 PM||5139 views||0 times favorited||45 comments|
Splurged on the new table saw a few months ago and wanted to post a quick review to help others out there make a wise decision if they are in the market as well. I have no photo so instead you all get to admire my beautiful 2-year old daughter Caitlin. She is happier than am I about the machine by the looks of her.
Saw arrived in two packages. The heaviest of which was REALLY heavy. It took 5 guys to muscle this thing into my basement and I’m pretty sure it is never going to leave that spot now that its down there. No issues with packaging or delivery other than a clueless, ill-equipped and less-than helpful delivery truck driver.
I’ve got a few bones to pick with Powermatic about this machine itself however. For the chunk of change I paid for this thing I was expecting a better thought out design and a few more features. For instance, when you have the blade tilted near 45 degrees, the hand wheel to raise and lower the blade is very hard to turn without bruising your knuckles on the bottom of the table. Poor design. Also, the dust collection on the machine is pretty poor (even with a dedicated 3hp collector). Dust gets trapped in the trunion gears – an issue that I’m sure will cause problems with blade tilt in the future. The riving knife holder is also subject to clogging with sawdust and has to be cleaned out bore installing the knife every time – again; poor design. Also, the motor takes FOREVER to come to a stop when you turn the blade off – wasting me time and thus money. If you attempt to restart the machine before the blade has nearly stopped, the motor makes a horrid sound and won’t power the blade. Also, the saw comes with a cord that barely reaches the ground – way too short.
All said, I wish I’d ponied up the extra $1000 and bought the sawstop. It is a much better design on all accounts (iv’e hads a chance to use several at Gary Rogowskis shop here in Portland). Powermatic seems to be banking on their reputation from the years when they were american made as well as slick product placement/advertising in the woodworking trade journals. For the money you shill out, you would think that you’d be getting a machine better designed. My advice; pony up the extra cash and get the sawstop -not only will the blade-break possibly save your fingers, but their machines are better designed and built. Don’t be a fool like me and try to save a little cash!