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Forum topic by mision56 posted 02-15-2017 05:30 AM 1178 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mision56

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02-15-2017 05:30 AM

Hi All, I have an odd question so please try to follow me before jumping in.

I am about 95% certain I’m going to purchase a PowerMatic 2000 but am unable to find a store in my area that has a display model. Based on reviews I’m confident I won’t find anything lacking (compared to my current contractor Ridgid) but before spending this much to order one I really want to get my hands on it and make sure it’s gunna work in my space.

The stores around me carry the 1000 and I’m wondering what differences (other than the motor) there is between the two saws? Are they basically the same, completely different cabinets or combination of the two. Does anyone with experience on both models think the PM1000 will be similar enough in components to give reasonable feedback.


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#1 posted 02-15-2017 05:36 AM

From what I know they are totally different saws.

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 06:03 AM

I would imagine if would be like comparing the saw stop pcs to the industrial.
.Both are from saw stop and are cabinet saws but that is basically where the similarities end.

The pm 1000 is a 1 3/4 HP saw only so the saw is built around that. The pm 2000 is a 3hp or a 5 HP saw if I’m not mistaken. It was never designed for the smaller motor. So the 2000 is built for the larger motor. That means heavier cast iron parts, larger castings, maybe a large/heavier table. In other words, the saw is built to handle the 5hp motor. Not to mention, im sure the 2000 is made for a more extreme service duty, say in a production shop running 40 hours a week.
Whereas the 1000 is for lighter duty like a heavy duty hobbiest or light production.
I’m surea look at the specs will show obvious differences between the two.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 10:38 AM

The PM1000 is really built more like one of the better hybrid saws….a little beefier, but more along the lines of the Jet Proshop and Laguna Fusion. It does have cabinet mounted trunnions, but they mount to the center strut of the cabinet as opposed to the corners, and are much smaller and lighter duty than those on the PM2000. Same fence, and is still a nice saw, but not as robust overall. There’s about 194# difference between the two. It’s good to clarify what you get and what you don’t get because they look so similar from a glance.

The best way to grasp the difference is to pull the tops of both and take a look under the hood. Since that’s not feasible for most of us, a pic is the next best thing. Unfortunately, it’s proven difficult to find a good pic of the guts of the PM1000, so the third option is to look at the parts diagram of the trunnion assembly and compare the two…the scale is skewed, but will give you some idea.

PM1000:

PM2000:

For comparison, here’s a pic of the guts of the Jet Proshop, which are nearly identical to those of the Laguna Fusion:

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 12:01 PM

Found this pic of the PM1000 after the edit window expired on my earlier post:

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#5 posted 02-23-2017 01:31 PM

Hi Everyone,
Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge on this, it’s a big decision and I’m glad to have insights from those more experienced than myself. I did elect to go with the PM2000 and it is enroute and should be here next week.

Thanks again everyone, can’t tell you all how amped I am to get this thing.

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#6 posted 02-23-2017 01:57 PM

How about some good pictures when you get it and after it is set up. larry

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#7 posted 03-06-2017 04:14 PM

Hey All,
Thanks again for all your help with this. Saw was dropped off Friday and after some sweat and one bloody knuckle I was up and running (and cutting) about 6 hours later. I realized just now I didn’t get any shots after I put the rails on, but wanted to share anyway.

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#8 posted 03-06-2017 06:35 PM

Thanks!

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#9 posted 11-23-2017 12:59 PM

Any comments about the saw? What notable differences are there between the PM2000 and the Ridgid contractor saw? Any insight is appreciated since I am thinking about making a similar purchase, although probably going for the PM1000. My current saw is a Ridgid contractor saw which has served me well.

Thanks.

Mike

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#10 posted 11-23-2017 01:30 PM



Any comments about the saw? What notable differences are there between the PM2000 and the Ridgid contractor saw? Any insight is appreciated since I am thinking about making a similar purchase, although probably going for the PM1000. My current saw is a Ridgid contractor saw which has served me well.

Thanks.

Mike

- MSK56

Comparing a Ridgid contractor saw to a PM2000 is like comparing a Silverado to a Peterbuilt. Twice the power, twice the mass, much more robust underpinnings, much heavier duty, larger hand wheels, smoother operation, longer expected service life, 3” deeper table, much nicer fence, better fit and finish, better switch, better blade guard, just to name a few things….it’s at least two full steps up from the Ridgid, and represents arguably the top of its class.

The PM1000 is a more substantial saw than the Ridgid too, but is a closer comparison.

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#11 posted 11-27-2017 06:08 PM

Hey Scott,
The biggest difference is how stable the saw is. I knew would be smoother and would hold adjustments better, but the difference was more than I expected.

It took about 2 hours to get the saw assembled and tuned up, and haven’t really had to do much since. I usually check the fence/miter slots about once a month and have only adjusted it maybe twice (in about 7 months).

The biggest drawback for me is the miter gauge that comes with the saw. It’s not a good size for me and it is a bear to get line up properly. I wound up breaking down and buying an incra guage and have been much happier with the results.

The only other thing that I am not a fan of is the mobile base. It’s run off the same wheel as the height adjustment (you slide it out to use the base, in to use the height adjustment) which is kind of awkward if, like me, you need to move the saw around often. This isn’t really a huge drawback to consider as I bought the saw knowing it would need to move around in my current smaller size area, but they base is klunky and doesn’t work unless the floor is completely free of dust or any unlevel spots.

Overall, it’s a great saw and I am glad I got it, but as others have pointed out, it’s very different from the PM1000. Namely it has a much, much larger footprint (probably 30-50% bigger for the 36in fence).

Any comments about the saw? What notable differences are there between the PM2000 and the Ridgid contractor saw? Any insight is appreciated since I am thinking about making a similar purchase, although probably going for the PM1000. My current saw is a Ridgid contractor saw which has served me well.

Thanks.

Mike

- MSK56

Comparing a Ridgid contractor saw to a PM2000 is like comparing a Silverado to a Peterbuilt. Twice the power, twice the mass, much more robust underpinnings, much heavier duty, larger hand wheels, smoother operation, longer expected service life, 3” deeper table, much nicer fence, better fit and finish, better switch, better blade guard, just to name a few things….it s at least two full steps up from the Ridgid, and represents arguably the top of its class.

The PM1000 is a more substantial saw than the Ridgid too, but is a closer comparison.

- knotscott


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