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Modmouse

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03-04-2012 09:40 PM

Looking for some advice in this. I’ve been on the hunt for a new/used table saw and found this one being sold for $750. It seems like a good price since most of the other used powermatic saws around my area seem to be $1,000+. Any opinions? Link to a pic below. $750 does not include the side fence. Thanks for looking.

https://picasaweb.google.com/105429301317520209654/ShopTools?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCL6k_eLNwY3itwE&feat=directlink#5714598577492189330


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gmussell

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 09:50 PM

Not seeing anything about age or condition. 750 seems like a steal.

George

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Loren

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 10:53 PM

Unless you do cabinet work day-in, day-out it is more saw
than you likely need, but resale value should be decent.
Looks like it has had moderate professional use and not
been abused. Seller may have thrown the guard away.

You passed on the Hitachi? Those older Hitachi machines
may not look like much but the engineering and precision
is spot-on. Remember what the Japanese did to the
car industry.

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knotscott

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 10:56 PM

Looks good to me from the pic. It’d be nice to know the hp. Make sure the motor is single phase, not 3 phase.

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

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StraightCut

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 11:53 PM

Picture looks good, but you gotta try it out and make sure the motor sounds good too. For that price, seems like a good deal!

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Sawkerf

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 12:42 AM

Right or left tilt? I think that it tilts right (wheel is on the right side) which would be a deal breaker for me.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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SnowyRiver

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 01:01 AM

Thats a left tilt. It sounds like a steal if its working OK. Like Knotscott said, be sure it isnt 3 phase power. Its always best to view the machine in person and take it for a test drive. Another check you could make is look at the serial number. The first two digits is the year it was made so you could have an idea of its age. It looks like it might be in a commercial shop, so wear could be an issue, but you should be able to tell when running it if its OK. Good Luck…keep us posted.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Lee Barker

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 02:05 AM

Wayne, what’s the size of the two bolts that hold the motor in place? 3/4?

Modmouse, If you bring along a right-size socket on a long extension, you can easily loosen the tension on the belts and spin the arbor manually, listening carefully, to check the condition of the bearings. If there’s any rolling or clicky resistance, the bearings are toast and you’re probably into $50 by the time you get a machine shop or power transmission place to pop the old ones off and press new ones on.

I think it looks like a good deal at that price if it is 1ph and runs well and has no bearing issues.

Because someone built that plywood box on the left, I’m guessing you’ve got a 5hp motor there.

While it does look like a professional shop, it does not look to me like the saw has been abused or neglected. There is a “tidy feel” I get from the other pictures of stuff there.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 02:22 AM

The Excalibur sliding table is worth $400-600 by itself.

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knotscott

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 02:47 AM

Definitely left tilt. You can almost always tell by the direction of the “smiley” on the front, but you really can’t tell by the placement of the handwheel or motor cover.

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

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SnowyRiver

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#10 posted 03-05-2012 03:47 AM

Lee, the motor is mounted in a bracket. I believe the bolts are 3/8 that hold the motor in the bracket. I think the bolt that holds the bracket to the frame of the saw is 1/2. I have a 3 HP motor.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Modmouse

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 04:28 AM

Thanks all for the feedback and info. I have a few questions into the seller before I go look at it. As long as it checks out, I’ll probably pull the trigger. I’ll let you know.

Loren: It’s definitely more saw then I need, but as long as it’s in my budget, it works for me and then down the road if I need more, I have it. As for the Hitachi, I just missed the chance at it. I got busy and by the time I was able to go see it, it was gone.

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Lee Barker

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 05:04 AM

Wayne, I meant the head of those bolts that you need to loosen to slack the belts. Seems to me it was a hefty size head.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Sawkerf

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#13 posted 03-05-2012 05:11 AM

Oops. My bad on the tilt. I shoulda looked closer. – lol

I have a sliding table on my Jet TS and like it better and better as I find ways to use it. It isn’t as fancy as the one on that Powermatic, but you’ll probably like it.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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SnowyRiver

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#14 posted 03-05-2012 02:52 PM

Modmouse…one other item, if you decide to purchase that saw, have some help with you to move it. It weighs about 600 lbs. You can easily take the table off for transport, but its still pretty heavy. I bought mine from a guy that had it in the basement and it took about 5 of us to move it upstairs and to a trailer.
An appliance hand truck works well, and a low riding trailer works good too so you dont have to lift it into a pickup truck.

Lee…the head of the 3/8 bolt is 5/8.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 03-05-2012 06:00 PM

$750 is a steal, but I doubt the excalibur slider is included in the price. Definitely LH; looks to be in excellent condition. Hurry don’t wait. If I was in the market for a saw, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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