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04-12-2016 11:45 PM

I have wanted one for sooooo long and I was able to scrape the $’s together to be able to buy a Powermatic PM2000 3HP with the 50” fence. This is a move-up from my old cast-iron topped Sears Craftsman 2HP 120v circa 1978. I guess it’s time to get to building some cabinets for our home now!

Btw, I also considered SawStop’s hybrid (“Professional”...say what?!) and Delta’s Unisaw, and decided to go with PM. I didn’t care quite so much for the SS’s lighter build and all the electronics that could go wrong. Delta is a great saw with good build, but the few extra $’s for the PM was a no-brainer for me.

Lots of shop setup / modification needs to be done before even being able to make the first cut. I’ll be installing the 230v run this weekend. Wish me luck!


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#1 posted 04-12-2016 11:56 PM

Congratulations!!!!!! Its a good feeling waiting on a new toy. I’m sure you did your research and got what you wanted, and that’s what counts. You’ll be a busy bee for a couple of weeks tweaking your new toy. Don’t forget to send pictures.
Gerald

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 02:03 AM

Excellent saw….....

You’ll love it.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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#3 posted 04-21-2016 01:09 AM

Any pics yet?

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#4 posted 04-21-2016 11:15 PM

woodchuck, not yet. it is to be delivered sometime between 9a-5p tomorrow (4/22). i sure hope mr. truck driver is a nice man and wheels it up to my garage for me. lunch is on me if he does! i will update with pics. i was able to score an unused, 6-month old PM 60HH jointer last week. in the right place at the right time on that one. i consider myself VERY lucky on that one. i am getting ready to get that set up and dialed in.

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#5 posted 04-22-2016 05:41 PM

It’s here! Looks like I’m gonna have a little fun this weekend!

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#6 posted 04-22-2016 05:58 PM

Btw, I also considered SawStop’s hybrid (“Professional”…say what?!) and Delta’s Unisaw, and decided to go with PM. I didn’t care quite so much for the SS’s lighter build and all the electronics that could go wrong. Delta is a great saw with good build, but the few extra $’s for the PM was a no-brainer for me.

I feel the same way… I consider the SS a disposable saw due to the electronics and other proprietary bits. The newer PM’s and Unisaws don’t have the same build quality as their older counterparts though, so I’d really prefer a PM66 over the PM2000, or an older Unisaw over the current crop. But given the choice between shiney new machines on the market today, I think you made a good call and will certainly be happy with it :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#7 posted 04-22-2016 06:10 PM

oh man! Have a blast setting it up! Show pics when you get it set up too. I still have that label from the outside of the box that says POWERMATIC. hahaha. I only have the PM1000, but am loving it.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#8 posted 04-22-2016 07:27 PM

Congrats, a great saw.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#9 posted 04-22-2016 07:51 PM

There’s a picture…I guess it really did happen :)

Congrats and enjoy the un-boxing and assembly!

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#10 posted 04-23-2016 11:46 PM

worked on getting the sub-panel set up today. went with 60A double-pole breaker off the main with 6/3 (with ground) copper to the sub-panel. man, that stuff is tough / stiff, and expensive! ouch, $98 for 50 ft. PM recommends 30A service for the TS, but i’m going with 20A b/c i have read elsewhere that people have no issues with 20A. for the other runs, i have a 15A 240v to do for the 60HH jointer, as well as a 15A 240v run to do for the DC. it ain’t hard, it just takes time. i’m using hammerzone.com’s step-through for the sub-panel. very clear instructions! highly recommend.

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#11 posted 07-04-2016 05:44 PM

all i can say is that the saw is GREAT! i had no idea that a proper saw would make such a difference. so, i’m getting things going. getting ready to start a vanity base + drawers and doors. wish me luck….here’s a few pics of my very small shop. yes, every single tool is on wheels…

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#12 posted 07-04-2016 06:35 PM

Congrats on the buy. I certainly hope the saw is everyrhing you hoped it would be. You certainly paid enough for an Asian built saw.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#13 posted 07-04-2016 06:38 PM

Congrats, no doubt it will exceed your expectations…well made saw.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#14 posted 07-04-2016 11:57 PM


Btw, I also considered SawStop’s hybrid (“Professional”…say what?!) and Delta’s Unisaw, and decided to go with PM. I didn’t care quite so much for the SS’s lighter build and all the electronics that could go wrong. Delta is a great saw with good build, but the few extra $’s for the PM was a no-brainer for me.

I feel the same way… I consider the SS a disposable saw due to the electronics and other proprietary bits. The newer PM s and Unisaws don t have the same build quality as their older counterparts though, so I d really prefer a PM66 over the PM2000, or an older Unisaw over the current crop. But given the choice between shiney new machines on the market today, I think you made a good call and will certainly be happy with it :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


The advocates of old iron accidentally or deliberately skip one very important thing. The riving knife. There is no tangible way to retrofit old saws with riving knives. All kind of splitters miss one thing. The riving knife must be 1/2” from the saw blade. The less (but still) important is the height of the riving knife and staying on the same bevel angle as the blade.
The only gadget that tries to do this is Bork but it is so unreliable that is does more bad than good.

If you think it is unimportant consider this. I knew a very good guy who lost his life to a kickback an a table saw. A large piece of wood struck him in the chest at the heart area killing instantly.
Whatever you do make sure that you have the most safety features available and even then play safe.

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#15 posted 07-05-2016 12:03 AM

The advocates of old iron accidentally or deliberately skip one very important thing. The riving knife. There is no tangible way to retrofit old saws with riving knives. All kind of splitters miss one thing. The riving knife must be 1/2” from the saw blade. The less (but still) important is the height of the riving knife and staying on the same bevel angle as the blade.
- Plain

A riving knife is just a splitter, and both save the same purpose. The riving knife is just a better design that makes it more convenient to leave in place.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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