|Review by John||posted 06-07-2009 05:06 AM||5031 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
Since there is no Review posted on this site for this saw, I’ll be the first. The first thing someone should understand is, it’s NOT a Cabinet Saw. If you can live with the limitations of a Contractor Saw, it’s actually a great saw. My first Powermatic 64A held up great for about 10 years until I sold it. You can see it in my pictures of my old workshop. I only sold it cause I needed the money and employment was pretty scarce at the time. There are 6 main points that I will discuss. The Fence, Mobile Base, Motor, Top, Accuracy, & Customer Service.
The Fence is just another Beismeyer Clone. The only problem I had with it was the UHMV faces. The faces are bolted onto the fence tube from the back with small carridge bolts and accessible from the bottom of the fence. The problem was the face seemed warped. all you have to do is loosen the bolts a little. On my old saw, I removed the UHMV faces and replaced them with Baltic Birch and Laminate but on this new saw, it seems that Powermatic is making the UHMV thicker and I was able to adjust the face with no problem at all.
The Mobile Base, well, everyone knows that of all the tools in your shop, the Table Saw is not one that does well with a mobile Base. On my old Powermatic, I bought an awesome Mobile Base but still was not happy with even the slightest movement. so I ended up removing the Mobile Base and building a Router Table on it. This time around I used it for my Band Saw. No matter how sturdy, even a custom built one, I like my Table Saw planted firmly on the ground.
The motor, for what it’s worth is 1.5 HP and for what I do, it’s plenty for now. If you are going to be ripping 12/4 Hard Rock Maple on a regular basis, I would recommend something more powerful.
The Top is a full Cast Iron Top which tells me alot about Powermatic. Why offer Cheap Stamped Steel knowing that 90 percent of the people out there is going to be unhappy with them. On another forum I came accross, the poster was complaining about his Powermatic Top being 1/8” out (bowed in the center) and I have a real hard time believing that someone can use a saw for 2-3 years and not notice it before. I think he was just venting for whatever reason he could come up with. I didn’t, nor will I take a set of feeler gages to it since I am a woodworker, not a machinist. I put my good and true 4’ straight edge to it and it looked Dead Nuts to me.
The accuracy of the saw seems to hold as long as you’re not moving it around all the time, which is another reason why I don’t like Mobile Bases. I hear of people using Pals and other gadgets on their saw but I have yet to find a need for one.
Customer Service, well for this saw so far I haven’t needed them but from past experience, they were probably the most helpful people I’ve dealt with. When I thought my fence was warped, they sent me a new one without any delay or hassles. Overall, I would buy another Powermatic Product, and I did.