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Forum topic by MatthewW posted 09-07-2011 10:26 PM 1044 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2011 10:26 PM

I replied to a CL ad for a “Powermatic table saw with Biesemeyer fence” for $350 and found out it’s being sold by a cabinet shop that’s upgrading. The guy I talked to said they used it intermittently since they only set it up it on long term job sites and didn’t really have room for it in the main shop. I haven’t seen it yet so I don’t know the condition, but I’m sure it’s not perfect as shop use seems to be much harder on machines than hobbyist use. I know that it’s one of the older green models (he guessed around 25 years old) and it has a single phase motor (I wouldn’t be interested if it wasn’t) but no guard/splitter. I don’t know if it’s worth the 45 min drive to investigate since the older green ones seem to be selling for around $500 on ebay in good condition. I don’t know if I should check it out or wait for a better deal.


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#1 posted 09-08-2011 01:04 AM

Goto bank. Withdraw $350. Fill car with gas. Drive. Buy saw. Head for home. Don’t look back!

-- jay,

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 01:08 AM

BTW, the Bies is almost worth that alone…and there is nothing that can’t be fixed on a 25 year old cab saw.

I’d buy it, get it home, remove the motor (you’re biggest concern), and take it to a shop to have it checked out and cleaned. Even if you need to use some elbow grease to get rid of some rust, it’s likely still a worthwhile pursuit.

Even so, I don’t know why you couldn’t call him to find out more about it’s condition? Pictures are always good as well.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 01:11 AM

Worth a look for sure. It’s likely to have grated cast iron wings, which pose some nuisance but otherwise work well….better yet if they’re solid cast iron. $350 sounds reasonable if it’s decent running shape, but I’d be inclined to offer less depending on what you find.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 01:12 AM

I agree with Jay, go for it!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 02:27 AM

I have a 12” Powermatic built in 1958, if it runs and it looks even remotely straight buy it and then smile because you shouldnt have to buy another one in you life


-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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