|Forum topic by jp90||posted 152 days ago||607 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
152 days ago
I bought my first table saw a little over a year ago, and I think I’m ready to upgrade. It’s a basic Delta contractor saw with cast iron top and stamped metal wings. It’s a direct drive screamer, with a pretty crummy insert (this metal that flexes. not enough room depth wise to make my own either). The fence isn’t so hot either. ALL THAT SAID, it only cost $100 and I’ve managed to do quite a bit with it.
Well there’s a locally advertised Powermatic 64A (with cast iron extensions and little use). I’ve read positive reviews, as well as a lot of reviews of this saw saying it’s simply overpriced. Assuming I can get it for around $400, would you say it’s a worthwhile upgrade, or will I barely notice the difference between it and my current contractor saw? What about resale value?
One positive for the powermatic over a larger cabinet saw is that it will run on 110V, so if my landlord isn’t into me adding a 220 line, it’s ok. The other argument against buying the cabinet saw of my dreams is that in roughly 2 years I’ll be moving across the country, so there’s a good chance I’ll have to sell some larger tools. PLUS, i’m still pretty new to “finer” woodworking—I’ve been a builder/framer for some time.
I do see a number of decent used cabinet saws for sale in the $500-$800 range, so I wonder if I should just spend a little more.
Thanks for the advice.