|Forum topic by psient||posted 900 days ago||2313 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
900 days ago
I would like to briefly introduce myself.
I am an enthusiast and a retired Journeyman carpenter. I am now going to start building cabinetry and furniture for my own enjoyment and for sale. I have the requisite knowledge to do so but NOT years of experience as my professional life was in Housing Construction and Contracting not cabinetry/furniture. I have a metal machine shop with tooling and the following machines: A Bridgeport varispeed milling machine, A good quality 13X60 Chinese metal lathe, a good quality horizontal bandsaw, Mig-Tig-Plasma-OXYACETYLENE equipment. Eventually I will buy a CNC VMC . . most likely 20X40.
I’m starting to create my woodworking shop. I have narrowed my choices to within-budget only. First I will buy a table saw. I have a 3 phase rotary converter so my table saw will be 3 phase. I will buy a table saw with a 12”-14” capacity and 7 or so hp.
The 2 choices are the A) Grizzly G0606X1 12” with an outfeed and a side extension table or the B) Powermatic PM3000 7-1/2 HP 14-in Three Phase Left Tilt Table Saw with 50-in Accu-Fence.
I am convinced that the Grizzly will be well within my desired accuracy and finish parameters. However the Powermatic is the better saw in a 15 year life cycle for sure.
Here’s some central considerations I have:
The Powermatic will never leave me stranded or wanting over 15 years. The first cut will be the same as the last cut the saw makes. I can afford the PM3000 Table saw & a Grizzly Spiralhead planer in the budget I have.
The Grizzly will never let me down in the first 5-7 years but after that it will be problematic due to wear and mileage. This is not from personal experience or reviews I have found. Rather it is from my gleaning what I can from commentators on the general state of ISO2001 factories in China. Grizzly makes its saws in Taiwan and that’s a whole different world than China . . . granted . . . but Powermatic has a proven record over my reference timespan while grizzly does not . . . at least at the level established historically by Powermatic.
Buying Grizzly allows me to also buy the same Grizzly planer referenced above AND a G0640X 17” Metal/Wood Band saw w/Inverter Motor. The reason for the Metal/Wood category is I also have a machine shop. Although I have a horizontal bandsaw I am increasingly in need of a Vertical bandsaw as well.
Interestingly, the total amount spent is within 50 USD of each other.
After spending some time viewing posts and responses to Grizzly and Powermatic here, I’ve decided that commentators will give me their honest and open opinion.
Thanks for providing me with an opportunity to discuss woodworking. I hope to become a regular on these forums.
Best to all,