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03-12-2018 07:32 PM

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Hello I have been searching for a table saw ever since I sold my Grizzly G1022. I have posted for feed back on the Powermatic 64A and was advised to stay away from them. Where I work has a Jet jwts 10” table saw that I can snag for $300 and was wondering if anyone out there had any experience with that saw or has any advice.
Thank you everyone that has been very helpful and has been responding to my questions. I really appreciate it.


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#1 posted 03-12-2018 08:00 PM

Without seeing or knowing more I can’t say whether to buy it or not but I wouldn’t be afraid of owning a Jet. It wouldn’t be my first choice, that would be Delta; or my second choice would be a Powermatic. Jet would probably come in around 4th choice but if it’s in good shape and has a good fence.

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#2 posted 03-12-2018 08:04 PM

So whats wrong with the PM 64A?
I have had mine for many years and not a single problem with it.

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#3 posted 03-12-2018 08:17 PM

“Jet jwts 10” table saw” can cover several variations of the saw. Without knowing the exact model number and fence combination, etc., $300 for a even a base model with steel wings and the Jet fence could be a decent deal if in good shape. Condition and completeness impacts value. Upgrades like the Xacta fence and/or cast iron wings could make it a great deal. Having the original blade guard and miter gauge adds some value, and extras like a ZCI, dado insert, or mobile base, add more value. A pic or the part number would help (ie 708301K).

At the core, the PM64a and Jet contractor saws are very, very similar. What changes are the things that bolt onto the basic saw body like wings, fence, switch, motor, blade guard, extensions, etc. The PM64a could be a very good saw, but the one you posted was very expensive considering it was being sold without the fence.

Do you have 220v? (https://kansascity.craigslist.org/tls/d/cabinet-style-tablesaw/6514617013.html)

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#4 posted 03-12-2018 08:17 PM

I’ve been told that it is a hit or miss. If it’s a miss they have alignment issues. Also the one I was looking at I was told the asking price was too high.

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#5 posted 03-12-2018 08:22 PM

I’ll try to post a picture of the saw, model number, and fence

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#6 posted 03-13-2018 02:41 AM

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#7 posted 03-13-2018 10:09 AM

It’s their basic saw, but looks to be in very nice shape. They typically sold new in the $550-$650 range. I’d say $300 is fair, but since I don’t see the original blade guard, it can’t hurt to ask what they’d take for it or offer a bit less. With a good blade and good setup, and should make for a nice saw.

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#8 posted 03-13-2018 10:41 AM

Thank you so much for taking the time helping me and answering my questions. I really do appreciate it. Just out of curiosity, what would be the magic number on the powermatic 64A in the box and fence?

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#9 posted 03-13-2018 01:13 PM


Thank you so much for taking the time helping me and answering my questions. I really do appreciate it. Just out of curiosity, what would be the magic number on the powermatic 64A in the box and fence?

- metalingwoodsmith

This one is a bit tough to nail down to a specific number. Something is always worth what someone is willing to pay. As mentioned previously, the PM64a is really just another good Taiwanese contractor saw with the PM logo and PM yellow paint. The Powermatic name tends to bring a premium regardless of whether the actual product deserves it or not, but that does have some resale benefit down the road just because of the perception of quality. The PM66, PM2000, PM1000 are premium saws, but the PM64a is not on that level. On the plus side it does offer solid cast wings, an excellent Biese clone fence, strong motor, blade guard, left tilt, and extension table. It’s also in new condition, but I doubt that it has a warranty, and can’t be as easily demonstrated to work as a used saw. On the downside, the actual design of the saw is fairly old, and features the traditional outboard motor location, and an older style spliiter. it originally sold in the $900 range 15-17 years ago…in recent years, NOS of the same saw were listing for as much as $1400-$1500, which is nuts IMO.

With that said, used saws typically sell in the general range of 50% of the cost of new, plus or minus for overall condition and quality. This saw in new in the box, which has both pros and cons, but should sell for better than the 50% rule of thumb for used. Full warranty, and return privileges to a retailer are worth some premium, if those perks don’t exist, don’t pay extra for them. Assuming no warranty or returns, plus considering what the current market offers in new saws with updated designs, I’d think $600-$700ish for a complete saw with the Accufence. The seller may not agree, but it’s ultimately up to you.

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