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Forum topic by GBS posted 04-02-2008 01:36 AM 1611 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2008 01:36 AM

Hi Everyone –
Im new to this forum, I have been looking at it for a couple weeks but I just joined for the following reason: I am in the market for a new table saw, and I was wondering if anyone has any advice for me . . . .
Im looking at models with 3HP for the most part, cabinet style saws. Im familiar with the Unisaw and the Powermatic 2000. Wondering if anyone would recommend one brand over the other, or any other companies like Jet or Steel City. You can probably guess my price range by the saws I mentioned. Any info any one can recommend I would appreciate.
Thanks alot

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 02:16 AM

I am a grizzly table saw guy.. more for your money. You would do best by searching the other recent postings answering this same question. If you do a search, you will find more input about table saws that you could read in a day. This may be the most common question asked. I wish you luck in your search.

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 02:45 AM

Not sure of your location but you can sometimes find great deals at local woodworking shows on some of the bigger name models like Delta. When I lived in Denver I was able to order a Unisaw from Woodcraft when they were at the show for $400 less than they were normally. Part of that was in direct competition to Tool King who was running a show special as well, but it took a tool out of my range back into my grasp.

I love the Delta. I’ve worked on the Powermatic too and am VERY impressed by it. My experience with one Steel City saw was less than positive. The tool set up was a mess but that was a one time experience so I wouldn’t put much stock in one interaction unless others have had the same issue.

Good Luck!

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 03:19 AM

If you don’t mind the price Sawstop is one on my wishlist. But it is pricey. The PM2000 is a wonderful saw as well. Both were on my Chirstmas list but somehow Santa forgot me this year. I guess I need to work on being nicer this year.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 03:29 AM

Both the Delta Unisaw (I have one), the powermatic, and the SawStop are great saws. You can’t go wrong
with any of them. The SawStop have a safety edge but it come at a very high price. About twice the price.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 03:57 AM

Last fall got a Sawstop, I’m lucky enough to have three phase power so I have the 5 hp motor, it’s a beautiful machine, well built, I have the saw stop fence and it is the most accurate I’ve used. Just as pretty inside as out, with well machined trunions, everything Vbelt driven. Unfortunately I have activated the brake twice, once when my tenoning jig happened to touch the blade, second when I was cutting some heavy duty oak and the riving knife came a little loose and touched the blade, when this occurs both the blade and brake are toast, the second blade was an almost new Forrest. However, I view this as along term investment, hopefully the last saw I will ever buy, and if I should ever be careless definately cheaper than a visit to the emergency room and the subsequent pain and anguish. To me worth every penny. Customer service is great, They answer e-mails and will send replacement brakes quickly. I live in southern West Virginia and would be glad to show it off!!!!

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 04:05 AM

I had a Unisaw (US made) before we relocated, sold it on Ebay. Now have a PM2000. I like the PM very much, seems a bit more “refined” than the Unisaw, plus I like the safety of the riving knife.


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#7 posted 04-02-2008 04:23 AM

I have a 3 HP Jet cabinet saw. Works well. The only problem I’ve had was with belts that stretched. Cured that with link belts. Of course, I wish it was 14 inch with 7 1/2 horse motor….................

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 04-02-2008 10:58 AM

Jeeeesh Greg, I think when you get up in that range of saw, your almost comparing apples to apples. They are all very nice. IMHO….......The only saw that separates itself at that price range would be the SawStop due to the added safety. The machining on the PM’s seem to be a tad better than others, but not by much.
I might get a real nice cabinet saw some day myself…...........but for now I’m very happy with my Delta contractor saw.

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#9 posted 04-02-2008 01:42 PM

Hi Greg

I am in the process of buy a new table saw and decided to get another Powermatic Model 66. The main reason is that I had one before and never had a bit of trouble with it. I sold it because I had gotten a divorce and did not have a place for any of my equipment when moving back from California.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 04-03-2008 02:35 AM

Thanks everyone for the good advice and info. I guess I am still choosing between the Unisaw or Powermatic, but you all reinforced that both are fine machines and its more personal preference. Thanks for all the help.

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#11 posted 04-05-2008 12:21 AM

Hi Greg,
One thing I forgot to mention in my post is that regardless of the saw itself, probably the most important part is the blade!! Use the best one you can afford, preferly carbide, keep it clean and sharp. Get the best quality rip blade you can, this has been important for me because I rarely crosscut with the table saw, I use a radial arm saw for that. I use both Freud and Forrest and have good results with both, rarely have to use the jointer for glue ups.

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#12 posted 04-05-2008 12:24 AM

If I had room and money (LOL) I’d go with a sawstop. You can’t buy new fingers.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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