|Forum topic by HokieKen||posted 07-29-2015 11:36 AM||658 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
07-29-2015 11:36 AM
I’ve been stalking CL for a few months looking for a solid table saw. In my shop (garage) everything big goes on wheels because I just don’t have room for a stationary cabinet saw. I’ve been limping along with my aluminum Craftsman portable saw for a couple years but now that most of my house remodeling is done my projects are tending more toward fine woodworking and less towards construction. So, yes I know a cabinet saw is better and yes, I would love to have one. But, my space and budget dictate that I need a contractor saw. This won’t be a “forever” saw but I do intend to use it for several years until I have a space that can accommodate a stationary cabinet saw.
So, I ran across a PM 63A (Artisan) saw yesterday that, from the photos, looks well cared for. The ad says the seller is a retired cabinet maker and that it’s in excellent condition. I’m going to look at it this evening. I’m a little concerned that he’s only asking $175. Hopefully he just doesn’t really need the money and wants it out of his way but that seems awfully low based on some googling.
I read all the forum posts and reviews I could find and it seems the saw was very highly regarded in it’s day and is still well thought of 23 years later (this one was made in ‘92). I haven’t found anything to lead me to believe this isn’t a solid saw that will meet my needs. It does have webbed cast iron extension wings but apparently there are solid ones for modern Delta saws that are a direct fit. If I only pay 175$ for the saw, I could easily justify buying the wings if I feel I need them. The only real negative I found is that PM no longer supports the saw so parts aren’t available. It seems though, that Grizzly and Delta both have similar saws that have interchangeable parts.
So, my questions are these: Does anyone own (or used to own) this saw and if so, what are your thoughts? Is the 1 1/2 hp motor “beefy” enough for working with primarily 4/4 harwoods like oak and walnut and occasionally with harder (hard maple) up to 8/4? Is there anything in particular I need to check on it? I know how to check the usual stuff – arbor runout, table flatness, condition of trunions and elevation/tilt gears. I’m going to take a piece of 8/4 hard maple with me to test the motor operation. I’m not so concerned with the blade/fence alignment, as I can take care of that myself, but I will check the fence operation and make sure it feels solid. Is this price in line with what you would expect to pay for this saw?
And my final question is this… What the hell possesed them to make this saw that putrid yellow color!? :)
Any suggestions or comments are much appreciated.
-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!