Used Powermatic PM3000 5hp 1ph... Is it worth it?

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Forum topic by Ktulu990 posted 01-28-2012 01:13 AM 2842 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2012 01:13 AM

Hey Guys,

It’s my first post and I had a quick question. I have an opportunity to buy a Used Powermatic PM3000 5hp 1ph saw for $1600. As far as I can tell it’s in very good condition.

My question is: Is there any glaring reason not to buy the saw? I don’t know much about 14” saws so anything you have to contribute is welcome.


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#1 posted 01-28-2012 01:42 AM

Well thats about 30% of new. Depends on condition, fence (likely accura,depends on age). Theres really no more to know about 14 inch saws as you asked , than other sizes . Other than that 3000 is a 12-14l, meaning it also accepts 12 inch blades. If you use the 14 inch blade you will not be able to fully retract the blade below the table top. Anyhow, it should be well worth the 1600 if in decent condition.

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 03:29 AM

Thanks. From what i’ve seen of it, it looks like it’s in very good condition. I’m going to check it out/pick it up tomorrow morning so I’ll let you know how it goes.

Keep the responses coming!

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 04:39 AM

It is high for a standard cabinet saw in used condition, even a
Powermatic, but a 14” saw is bigger than standard and if
you have need of the extra capacity it may serve you well.

The table is likely deeper than a standard 10” saw. Does it
come with a riving knife?

Some of these industrial saws are available only in right tilt.

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 04:44 AM

Sure is a lot of bouncing around on this one; The simple answer is yes.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 06:27 AM

It does not come with a riving knife but i can add one to it… i just need to by the riving knive itself.

I did think it would be worth it. I haven’t been able to find even a pm2000 for less than $2000 in ths past couple months.

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 03:26 AM

I ended up picking up the saw yesterday. It was in good condition for the price and we spent all day yesterday after picking up the saw and today to get the top resurfaced, the saw put together and extending the power cable/installing 30a 250v plug in the shop.

Over all I am very very happy! The 5hp saw cut 8/4 hard maple like a hot knife through butter. It was amazing.

Thanks for the input.


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#7 posted 01-30-2012 03:31 AM

Congrats Matt. I am sure you will be happy with it. Get a riving knife put on asap though. 5 HP could really send a board flying at you and it could be dangerous. Good luck with your new purchase.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 06:03 AM

$1600 is less than half the cost of a new model (and that’s the 10” model).. I have the 5hp 1ph unit w/50” fence and absolutely LOVE it. This will be the last TS that I buy; guaranteed. If condition is really good this is a heck of a deal IMO…

Good luck!

-- Andy Miller,; Twitter:@BoatworksToday

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