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04-07-2013 01:41 PM

I just came across this post on my local craigslist. Any idea if it is worth the price the seller is asking? Looks to be really clean from the pictures. Even though I already have a tablesaw, somehow I am drooling all over this one.

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 01:46 PM

Get it.

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 01:49 PM

Better grab it before it’s gone.

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 01:49 PM

Nice fence and table – but what do you have now?

Most of these saws only have a 1.5hp motor – it’s not that much of an upgrade if that’s what you have already

My opinion – if you keep looking – you can find a 3hp cabinet saw (like a Unisaw) for around $500 that needs some TLC but is SOOO much more worth the money and time

Again – just my opinion though – everybody have different needs and situations

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 01:52 PM

there was 1 about a year ago for $250 here in South bend IN. I think if you could pick it up for $300 or less it would be worth it. I think I would pass at $400.

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 02:03 PM

I currently have a craftsman 113.29943 on which I need to install a delta T3 fence that I bought last year. Also, need to build extension wings for it.

Any idea what Powermatic calls the one I listed above? I googled powermatic 3 but only cabinet saws show up under that family.

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 02:06 PM

You cabinet saw pushers make me laugh, your delusional. $400 for an American made Contractor’s table saw that looks to be in great condition with a Biesemeyer clone fence and a mobile base is a bargain, and probably the last saw that you’ll ever need. Powermatic calls it a Artisan Contractor’s table saw. It would be a considerable upgrade from your Craftsman, and if you can sell your Craftsman for $100, and the fence for $150 then you got a great saw for even less money, aboiut a $150 difference. I would not dilly dally over this for too long, that saw will sell fast, and deals like that don’t come around often. In other words, you snooze, you lose.

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#7 posted 04-07-2013 02:08 PM

Given the work that’s there to put into the Craftsman, I’d say go the step up. The Unisaw or Powermatic 66 will show up eventually and you’ll have the fun of yet another upgrade.

This will be a meaningful improvement to your array of toys, no mistake. All you’ll ever want and need? Likely not.



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#8 posted 04-07-2013 02:14 PM

I’d stick with your cman. Adding a delta t2 will really enhance its performance. Don’t be too taken with the powermattic name. Put that t2 on your cman and there isn’t much the pmatic will do that the cman can’t also do.

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#9 posted 04-07-2013 02:28 PM

Lee, I have an American made Delta Contractor’s table saw with a Unifence that I bought new almost 20 years ago. It’s all the saw that I’ve ever needed, and will probably ever need. I do not have a dedicated shop where the saw can just stay in one place, Cabinet saws are not made to move around. For the vast majority of us woodworking will only be a hobby, why do you people insist that everyone has to have an Industrial, and stationary Cabinet saw ? Even in a hobby shop ? It’s rediculous.

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#10 posted 04-07-2013 02:34 PM

Toolie, did you take the time to look at the model number of saw that he has ?

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#11 posted 04-07-2013 02:40 PM

That looks like PM64a to me. It’s a nice saw with a great fence, mobile base, and solid cast wings, but I don’t think it’s Amercan made….the fence is, but AFAIK the saw was made in Taiwan, and is very similar to the former GI50-185, former Grizzly G0576, and a few others. Does it come with the splitter and blade guard? It still looks to be a good buy at $400, but it can’t hurt to offer $350 and go from there.

The PM64 should be a little heavier than your Emerson saw, the fence is heavier duty than the T2, has larger rip capacity, and the motor should have a bit more oomph (18 amp IIRC, but could be 15amp vs 14 amp), but essentially both are in the same class – full size contractor saws. The Emerson is American made. The heavier weight and beefier motor should be slightly noticeable in how the saws feel, but accuracy and cut quality will really boil down to setup, fence, and blade selection.

Another thread about the PM64a

PM64a/Griz G0576/GI 50-185 are all pretty similar with different “bolt-ons”, and likely from the same stable AFAIK….

The PM64 will look a lot like this under the hood:

Your Emerson looks a lot like this:

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#12 posted 04-07-2013 04:07 PM

It is a good deal. I would jump on it today.

I have a Jet Cabinet saw but started on a Jet Contractor saw similar to that one and it did a great job. I don’t think a cabinet saw is necessary for everyone and I probably would not have upgraded except that I ran across a great deal that I could not pass up.

The motor will have plenty of power, I would not concern myself with that. Ultimately, if you felt that it did not have enough power, you can replace motors on pretty much anything and upgrade the power.But I think you will find that it is sufficient.

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