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gary351

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09-30-2010 01:23 AM

Hello everyone,
I was wondering if anyone has used a powermatic contractor’s table saw? I needed to know there opinon of the table saw. likes/dislikes etc: thanks

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newbiewoodworker

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 02:34 AM

I would assume that it would be top notch… since its a top dollar saw… :0 But then again.. companies seem to forget that just because it costs $10 to manufacture, doesnt mean that it has to be $10 quality.. with a $1000 price tag…

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 02:48 AM

At $1,000 you might as well buy a grizzly or jet cabinet saw.
Paying more does not mean you get the highest quality.

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 09:15 PM

While Powermatic does make industrial quality machines, this is not one of them. I owned a Powermatic contractors saw for years and couldn’t tell it was any better than the Delta I had before it. It was made in Taiwan, and was decent. My question is, how much is the Powermatic name worth to you? That’s about all your getting over other brands. If it compares in price to other brands, I would go far it, but I wouldn’t pay extra to get it. I’m not slamming Powermatic—I own a lot of their tools, and have had pretty good luck.

I got rid of mine for a bigger, more powerful saw. Mine had a 1 3/4 hp motor and was, well, a contractors saw. They are what they are. If you are comfortable with that and the price is right—get it.

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 02:43 AM

Powermatic is Jet with yellow-gold paint, both are WMH tool group from the same foundries. Powermatic IMO has gone down hill. Now its China and not Taiwan for many of their machines. They tend to have very untrue tables. Having said that, if it has the American-made Baldor motor you are getting something more for your money if its one their nameless Chinese motors I would not pay anything extra for it.

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 07:08 AM

Mcase what are the Jet//Powermatic tools made in China?

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 11:01 AM

The PM64a is a good example of a slightly outdated contractor saw design…it’s very much like the other better Taiwanese made contractor saws like the GI 50-185, former Jet, Grizzly, and Bridgewood contractor saws with the outboard motor, old style connecting rods, splayed legstand, and fixed splitter, and thus shares the known issues with that design. Still capable of good service, but I wouldn’t pay a premium for it. If the price is right…maybe.

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Steven H

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 10:31 PM

Jet and Powermatic tools are made by a taiwanese company. They have factories in Taiwan and China. It doesn’t suprise me that they are moving their production to China.

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#8 posted 10-02-2010 05:27 AM

StevenH,

I believe the PM 2000 is Chinese, also the big 8” parallelogram and the 14” jointer.

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 05:36 AM

It’s a contractor style saw, with steel bars with the trunnions, poor dust control out-of-the-box, no riving knife, and is not quite the power house saw. my point is – as was mentioned, the $$$ is basically for the name, and not much more. there are far better saws in the market these days that cost less – NEW than a used PM.

If you can get it for a great deal – it’ll cut wood just fine, and is a decent saw. but that’s about it.

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