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Forum topic by cFurnitureGuy posted 10-12-2009 05:37 PM 1294 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2009 05:37 PM

ok, i found a guy selling a Powermatic 64A tablesaw with a Incra TSIII ultra frence for $750.00 obo!
i wanted to throw it out there and see if you guys thought that was a good deal?!
also the website says its wired for 115V can i run that off my standard outlets in my garage? thats the deal breaker for me! its a new constuction house so i am not dealing with old circuits or wiring just FYI!
thanks for any feedback!



-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 06:00 PM

Powermatic makes a fine saw, and yes, it will run on your regular garage outlet.

As far as whether it is a good deal or not, it’s hard to say. That saw sells new for $900, but there are other brands with similar horsepower and features that you can buy in the $600 range brand new. I don’t know how much that Incra fence sells for, but it looks pretty expensive. Personally, it doesn’t interest me because of all the space it takes up, plus it looks sort of complicated. But if it’s really what you want, I’d say $750 for both looks like a good price.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 07:00 PM

That doesnt sound like too bad of a price for new equipment. You might try Craigs list or Ebay. I have seen that same saw used in excellent shape for as low as $350 – $500 at times. Powermatic is top line so its a good saw. I agree with CharlieM1958, I would like a good fence, but I like it simple.

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 07:09 PM

Unless the saw has some damage or unusual wear, I’d buy it … NOW!!!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 07:18 PM

i did find it on craigslist… i want to go look at it and see what condition its in… but he says that its not used too much at all!
the thing that i liked about it was that it was a powermatic and the Incra Fence… retails for something like 400.00 alone!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#5 posted 10-12-2009 10:49 PM

Hi Justin

I have a PM2000 and Powermatric makes good saws. The saw new would be $800 (Thats with a 50” rip fence from Tools-Plus). I do not know much about the Incra Fence other than it looks like a good sturdy fence. If you are planing on cutting a lot of sheet stock for cabinets I would be sure you can rip 50” with the Incra fence. Good luck on getting a saw.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 12:15 AM

You can’t typically go wrong with Powermatic equipment. I’m not a fan of that particular saw…but sounds like a fairly good deal…not great…but good (thats for around my area…different places in the country have different economic situations). Once you check it out you will know better…you should make sure of these at least – I always look at a piece of equipment prior to the owner firing it up…to see if it has been maintained – oiled….greased…cleaned – then the folllowing: does the blade run out (wobble)? (hold a straight edge or stick against the blade and spin the blade…does the stick move?)...does it make noises that are not reasonable? does it cut ok without burning, rattling or jumping? the fence aligned or alignable? (measure from the blade to the fence on both sides of blade)....turn all the adjustments wheels and make sure they all work and the gears are tight..check the mitre slot and guide…look the table over for warps and gouges….loose items and stressed areas…

Once you have assessed this…then you could probably make a better decision…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 01:05 AM

Justin – PM makes some excellent machines, but they also have some machines that are just decent imports with a different paint job than the others and a PM name tag, and the PM64 is one of those…nothing magic about the name plate. It’s just a nice Taiwanese contractor saw with an excellent fence. The basic bones are very similar to the Grizzly G0576 and the GI 50-185, as well as the former Jet contractor saws that they no longer make. $750 would be a pretty good deal if it were new, but more than I’d want to spend in today’s market for what I view as obsolete technology vs the newer hybrid with an inboard motor. Many also now come with riving knives that the PM64a does not have. The PM64a has an outboard motor, table mounted trunnions, the old style connecting rods as an arbor carriage, an a stationary splitter. A very good and capable contractor saw for sure, but nothing to justify a premium except for the fence. $1075 buys a 3hp Grizzly G1023S shipped. $750 would be close to several new hybrids….all with full warranty.

So the executive decision really boils down to how much the Incra fence means to you. If that’s the sort of precision and repeatability you’ve always wanted, it might be a good buy. But if a Biese style fence is sufficient, IMHO $750 would be overpaying for a used contractor saw, if that’s what it is. Have you had a good look at a Jet Proshop, Grizzly G0478, G0661, Craftsman 22124, Steel City, or GI hybrids?

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