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zindel

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1004 days ago

Okay everyone, i want your feedback on this. I have a chance to buy a PM bandsaw for $500 (half the price) from a guy on CL that he says he has only used once. OR i can buy a new grizzly 14” bandsaw for about the same price…I am leaning to the PM because i have talked him down from 1000 to 500 and well lets face it its PM but i don’t have experience with either of them. suggestions?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1004 days ago

my first instinct would be +1 for PM, but which model PM and which model Grizzly?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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zindel

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#2 posted 1004 days ago

good question…For the Grizzly it would be the g0555. For the PM i think it is the Model PWBS-14CS Deluxe. Both are 14” for the same price…

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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TheDane

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#3 posted 1004 days ago

Go for the PowerMatic.

BTW, I never buy that ‘used once’ argument … who buys a tool like that, then uses it once

If the PM is in good shape, it is a steal at $500.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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IrreverentJack

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#4 posted 1004 days ago

Zindel, I’d buy the PM in a heart-beat. Especially if it has the quick-tension lever and other bells and whistles.

Gerry, I bought a six year old Delta 28-212 that had been used only once. The owners ex bought it for his BD. He slapped it together at his party and chopped up a 2×4. It wasn’t touched till I came to get it. New wife said he needed the space. -Jack

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TheDane

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#5 posted 1004 days ago

You mean some guy had a wife that bought him tools for his birthday and he divorced her?

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1004 days ago

If It’s in good shape go for the PM . Sometimes lite use could be that the saw has a problem.

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Loren

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#7 posted 1004 days ago

If it’s been used once, the PM may be a newer, Pacific Rim machine.

If you are talking 14” saws, a vintage PM is close to a General in
quality. Those saws don’t follow the Delta pattern which allows
the use of riser blocks, but they are solid, accurate saws within
their capacity and arguably superior to the Delta pattern saws.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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DS

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#8 posted 1004 days ago

Jim: Used once could also mean it was never set up properly. A result of not knowing, or not caring.

My Dad has a Delta 14” which he used for years improperly set up. (not knowing)
He always complained about the problems he had with it. One day I was at his house and was a little bored, so I tore it down and adjusted it for him.
It has never worked better, he says.

To the OP: There are plenty of people on LJs complaining about poor quality saws by Grizzly. I haven’t heard much negative about PM.

The closest thing I have is my 19” Shop Fox band saw, which I love, is the same manufacturer as Grizzly’s 19” saw. I get similar performance as I got from my old Jet 18” bandsaw years ago.

Of course, set up everything in my opinion.

BTW, the Shop Fox was a CL find for $450. It needed restoring, as it was kept in a leaky barn when I found it.
It came back to life quite nicely and I am very happy with it.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1004 days ago

PM all day in my book and PM is not my current favorite right now. When I was looking at new 14” bandsaws, the PM was #1 on the list. I have a good buddy who made the same decision and loves his. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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syenefarmer

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#10 posted 1003 days ago

Let me pile on…........PM.

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zindel

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#11 posted 1003 days ago

I figured as much and i felt like that is a very good deal…in fact the guy was saying he bought the thing for over 2000 and was trying to sell it for 1000 and i laughed because there is no way this was true. But i told him 500 firm and i am going to look at it tomorrow. Thanks everyone! PM it is.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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Jerry

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#12 posted 1003 days ago

In our area, if there is a CL “great” deal and u take time to get opinions from this site, at the time when the popular vote confirms it as a great deal, the new owner is already setting up the great deal in their shop.

So, c a great deal better not blink :)

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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zindel

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#13 posted 1003 days ago

Jerry your right about that, but the nice thing is he is posting the CL ad for $1000 and i offered him half that so I am the only one around to know about this price. Otherwise yes it would have been gone awhile ago. I am going to go see it tonight and make sure everything checks out okay.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1003 days ago

At $500, it’s a steal. At $1000? Uh, well, maybe not so much. I’m surprised that he bit on $500 but I’m sure happy for you.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jerry

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#15 posted 1002 days ago

Zindel, I really hope it all works out for you. I.consider getting a machine in decent condition @ 25% retail to be truley “GLOAT!” material. If you score that great deal u officially have the rights to gloat!

I made my statement because recently a fellow LJ posted about a good CL deal on a 400.00 unisaw in my area. I truthfully was unaware of the post myself, however when I seen it on CL I took immediate action and made the purchase, all while my fellow LJ was being encouraged to make the purchase.

Then of course many times I myself have been slow on the trigger. One time I seen a PM66 in brand new condition being sold by an 85 year old retired woodworker for 600.00. I wished I had been faster on that deal.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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