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Forum topic by steffen707 posted 02-19-2012 02:20 PM 1171 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2012 02:20 PM

Ha!! It never fails, you find one good deal and another falls in your lap.

I picked up that powermatic 63a with biesemyer fence for $375 and now found a rigid 4512 for $200. Is it worth the hassle to buy the rigid, swap it with my stand and biesemyer fence and sell off my powermatic?

The rigid only has 13 amps, but I might be able to swap the motors even… I don’t know which has better trunions, but I like the all solid cast top, mine has slots on the wings. It’s got the nice stop switch, newer splitter and guard design and about 15 years less use.

Or should I just share and let somebody else get a good deal?

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.


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#1 posted 02-19-2012 02:28 PM

That’s going to be purely opinion. There are pros and cons of each. I’m fairly confident that the PM63 is built better, but the R4512 has some design advantages that the PM63 doesn’t have (inboard motor, riving knife). The R4512 has a cast blade shroud as an arbor carriage vs connecting rods on the PM63. Even though the wings are grated, I’d rather have them than the stamped steel wings. The PM’s fence is far better IMO.

It’s hard to go wrong with either at the prices you mentioned because you should be able to resell either for 100% (or then some).

Whether it’s worth merging the two saws is up to you, but it could be a good learning experience! I’d guess you could get $200+ out of the PM63 even with the Ridgid fence, wings (paint them mustard gold!), and motor on it.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 02:32 PM

Well I would definitely be keeping the biesemyer fence with either of them.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 12:19 AM

I really thought this post would generate a lot of opinions…just one?

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

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 12:52 AM

PM!!!!! And I have several Ridgid tools and like them.

The PM is much better built.

To me, having a motor hanging out the back has NEVER been an issue.

Cast iron > granite for tools. No brainer…

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 12:53 AM

Hmmm, well I figured out why my powermatic wouldn’t tilt. I the PO built the cabinet too close to the motor and it was rubbing. I found out the rigid saw is like 3hours from me, so I’m keeping the powermatic.

Did I mention there is a grizzly 1023 in Madison for $600. Lol.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 12:54 AM

I thought the old rigid was granite, the new one is cast iron again.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 12:56 AM

Is the granite the 4511? Could be. Even then if the 4512 is their NEWEST saw. I’ve seen it and the PM kicks it’s a$$ :-)

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#8 posted 02-23-2012 04:16 AM

Yes i think the 4511 is granite and the 4512 is cast iron.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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