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ATLJack

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646 days ago

Which would you choose? I was about to get the Powermatic until I saw the Jet. I am leaning toward the Powermatic, but the additional re-saw capacity of the Jet has me confused. I need a mobile base, so they are basically the same price after I add a base to the Jet.

Option 1: 25 Year old Powermatic 141, immaculate condition especially considering its age, Kreg fence, mobile base, several extra blades – $500

Option 2: Jet JWBS-14X, 6” riser installed, Kreg fence – $450


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 646 days ago

If I was looking for a 14 inch and those were the only two available I would go for the powermatic !

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Cole Tallerman

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#2 posted 646 days ago

i would go jet. Its newer, so you will be able to find parts more easily, they probably have around the same hp motor and one day soon you will really need that re-saw capacity

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toolie

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#3 posted 646 days ago

the 141 is an extremely well regarded saw. it may have even been made in the usa. i’d go powermatic.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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AJLastra

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#4 posted 645 days ago

I’ve used the Jet with the riser for years and its been incredibly reliable. Plenty of power. I’m fanatical about maintenance on my machines….............I regularly clean the tires on the saw and rub ArmorAll on them to keep them pliable and prevent cracking. Its a nice machine. But either one will serve you well. If I have one regret about the Jet its that when I bought it I had the chance to buy the 18” and didnt. the extra horsepower is always nice and the throat capacity is never wasted on the large saw. but the 14” has served me well.

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Loren

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#5 posted 645 days ago

Get the Powermatic.

Unless you are a woodturner, luthier or sculptor, large resaw
capacity is over-rated. For furniture and cabinet work,
resawing over 6” on a saw running a 1/2” wide blade is a
very finicky setup. The magazines have these pictures
of a guy sawing floppy veneers from a wide board on
a 14” saw with a riser, but the pictures don’t tell the
story of the meticulous tuning, operator technique,
and the wood you may ruin learning how to stretch
the saw to its limits.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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kizerpea

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#6 posted 644 days ago

powermatic is own by jet…..go jet….i,m a jet fan!

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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toolie

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#7 posted 644 days ago

kizerpea ….... sorry to disagree, but you are incorrect that powermatic owns jet. both brands, and wilton, are owned by the wmh tool group:

http://www.waltermeier.com/us/en/splash.html

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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JesseTutt

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#8 posted 644 days ago

Powermatic

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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ATLJack

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#9 posted 644 days ago

I appreciate the input. I’ve decided to go with the Powermatic.

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kizerpea

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#10 posted 642 days ago

sorry ur right!

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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