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A Boy and His Saw

A Boy and His Saw

02-11-2012 06:24 PM by Lildrgnoflb01 | 23 comments »

Chapter One: The QuestOur story begins as our intrepid young intermediate woodworker filters through the plethora of information on the internet about table saws. Relying heavily on woodworking websites like his favorite Lumberjocks, he sorted out what he needed. He’s in search of a cabinet saw, a sure upgrade from the Ridgid contractor’s saw he’s been making sawdust with for the last three years. His vision was narrowed to two saws, the Sawstop 3hp cabinet saw, and the Powermatic PM2000,...

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The Monster

The Monster

02-15-2010 12:10 AM by Carpintonto | 11 comments »

Needing to plane more than 13” boards and deliver better quality, I’ve bought this planer. I have to say that is a real ” MONSTER ”. I putted through a 1 foot x 1” x 3’ Jatoba board and planed down to 3/4”, with only a 1/4 of the noise my 13” Rigid planer would make. I got magnificent results and I’ll be doing the wider boards this week. If you are on the look for a wider capacity planer, consider checking these reviews every week ‘c...

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The Beast!

The Beast!

05-11-2010 05:35 AM by CryptKeeper | 4 comments »

I purchased the PM 2800 two weeks ago and this thing is a BEAST. I originally intended on purchasing the Delta 20-950 but Delta has completely discontinued the line with no intentions of reviving it – I contacted Delta directly before I pulled the trigger on the Powermatic. I would have like the extra 2 inches the Delta offered and the extra 1-5/8” on quill travel but I think I’m going to be extremely happy with the PM. Pros:1 hp motor – perfect size for my shop True variable ...

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Everything We hoped for and more

Everything We hoped for and more

05-29-2008 06:08 PM by kjverlanic | 19 comments »

When we were looking at a jointer we wanted to get one that would be able to handle all of our woodworking aspirations for many years to come. We compared 4 different 8” Jointers side by side and decided that since we had the money we might as well get this one, since it ended up on top of our list when comparing the following things: Type & Number of KnivesCuts per MinuteMotorBeltsMagnetic Power SwitchPedestal Mounted SwitchTotal Bed LengthInfeed Table LengthTable AdjustmentFence S...

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Powermatic PM1300

Powermatic PM1300

03-03-2009 07:49 PM by hairy | 8 comments »

I’m starting to take over the basement now that the garage is full. I promised to keep it clean,and this is a big part of that. All I have connected at this time is a lathe, but that will change. I looked at just about everything that I could go and look at.To me, this was the ideal machine. Good specs, small size,not real loud. Speaking of specs: Impeller diameter = 12” Sound rating at 3 ft (db) = 75 – 90 Air flow at 6” (CFM) = 1,064Velocity at 6” (F...

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Powermatic 1300 Dust Collector

Powermatic 1300 Dust Collector

05-10-2009 03:01 AM by Scott Bryan | 19 comments »

Introduction For years I have use a Delta AP300 3/4 HP dust collector as my tool of choice for collecting dust. I largely bought this collector based solely on price. At times it has surprised me with its efficiency but it did little about controlling the fine dust created by the table saw and sanding operations. Plus it has a very limited capacity. With an idea towards controlling the fine dust I recently received a Powermatic 1300. The dust collector and air cleaner were receive...

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Impressions of the Powermatic 3520b after 4 months of ownership

Impressions of the Powermatic 3520b after 4 months of ownership

03-29-2009 05:34 AM by Chris | 21 comments »

Some of you may remember my blog post regarding this Christmas Gift . I just wanted to post a review now that I have used it for a while…. Assembly: Ouch! Get help, Get a Friend but whatever you do don’t do it by yourself! It’s heavy and unwieldy; you could easily hurt yourself if you are not careful. Make sure you assemble it where you plan to leave it, moving it is no simple chore. Make sure there is enough room behind it for the cage to open fully and plenty of room on...

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Powermatic 1200 Air Cleaner

Powermatic 1200 Air Cleaner

05-09-2009 07:02 AM by Scott Bryan | 24 comments »

Installation Assembly of a tool could not have been simpler. The only real assembly consisted of attaching 4 anchor eye bolts to the tool’s cabinet. I chose to mount it to the ceiling in order to control fine dust within the shop. This is definately a two person job since the assembled cabinet weighs about 70 pounds. The unit has three fan speeds and can be set for either continuous operation or set via a timer for 1 to 4 hours. Performance The cleaner will remove 99 percen...

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My "Almost" Dream Table Saw

My "Almost" Dream Table Saw

06-14-2009 03:05 AM by Lenny | 37 comments »

I have been woodworking without a table saw (TS) for nearly 30 years; using a radial arm saw as the workhorse of my tools. I never had the room for a table saw when I worked out of my 8’X11’ basement shop. In 2007 I became the happy owner of a dedicated shop, attached to my garage. It is only 8’x18’ but it has an 8’ ceiling and is almost double the space I had. I plan to retire from my job of 32+ years next July and planned to use the money I will receive for my unused v...

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Powermatic Benchtop Mortiser, Model PM701

Powermatic Benchtop Mortiser, Model PM701

07-10-2009 06:02 AM by Don K. | 19 comments »

As many of you know, I have had a heck of a time getting a new benchtop mortiser lately. I had a Steel City Mortiser that I loved….and so did my dad. So I ordered him one from Woodcraft for fathers day, after several weeks of no mortiser, I finally got a e-mail from Woodcraft saying that Steel-city had missed three shipping dates and that the did not know when or even IF they would ever get them in. So they offered me a choice…get a full refund on what I paid ($269 on sale) or the...

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