Powermatic III 72A - Is it worth it?

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Forum topic by JBahou posted 05-02-2010 12:58 AM 2366 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2010 12:58 AM

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My Pastor has a Powermatic III 72A table saw sitting in storage. It’s probably 5-7 years old I would say. It needs a little restoration (little rust on the table top and just needs to be cleaned up over all, nothing major) includes fence and miter gauge. It’s 5HP 3 phase. I can get the saw for $500. I would have to buy a three to one phase converter which runs about $400. I figure after having it restored and all I would have spent between $1000 – $1100.

My question is: Is the total cost of this worth it for the quality of saw I would be getting or is there another option on the market new/used that would be a better saw for me?

I have been informed from fellow LJs that I should stay away from contractor saws if at all possible. What say you? I know there are many saws out there and a few brands that are considered “top notch.”

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 01:09 AM

The phase converter will run you no more than $200. Get a VFD, NOT a static converter. You could get a rotary converter for the $400 you mentiion but why when a VFD will run ya about half. Go to and look at the AC drives. I have one on my unisaw and love it.

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