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Forum topic by redhermes posted 06-30-2009 04:36 PM 3356 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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redhermes

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06-30-2009 04:36 PM

Hi All

I am trying to decide between the above two saws. Cost on Amazon is about the same (about $1000).

I know that Jet now owns Powermatic and the two saws seem very similar. Both are made in China.

Jet has a 5 yr warranty vs Powermatic 1. Any other tiebreakers?

All suggestions welcome, thanks!


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knotscott

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#1 posted 06-30-2009 05:09 PM

The Jet Proshop is a hybrid saw and the PM64a is a contractor saw. While both are good examples of their respective design, the hybrid is an evolution of the traditional contractor saw that offers several updates/advantages associated from not having a motor hanging out the back. Since cost is the same, both have steel t-square fences, both have cast iron wings, and both are made in Asia, I see little reason to pick the 60 year old technology over the more modern design of the hybrid.

In this case the Jet actually has a more elegant trunnion design too. Both saws have trunnions that are table mounted, but the Jet uses a cast blade shroud as an arbor carriage, whereas the PM uses the older style connecting rods, which really isn’t a great combination with the leverages an outboard motor puts on them. $1000 for a contractor seems high in today’s market…especially in comparison to a 3hp Grizzly industrial cabinet saw for $1075 shipped. If you don’t have 220v, I’d go with the Proshop or any good hybrid over a good contractor saw unless the contractor saw was offering a compelling price and features.

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Hrolfr

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#2 posted 06-30-2009 06:31 PM

I would and did go with the Jet when I had this choice to make meself and am very happy.

-- Hrolfr

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 06-30-2009 08:17 PM

What knotscott said.

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redhermes

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 02:36 AM

Thanks for the comments…. I just ordered the JET :-)

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 02:44 AM

I know I’m not sticking with the choices but I would go with the 3 hp grizzly. Check out Dons review of the grizzly table saw.

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redhermes

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 12:06 AM

Well I got the Jet and all I can say is WOW.

It exceeded my reasonably high expectations.

Thanks to all for the advice.

Bob

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Maknsawdust

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#7 posted 08-13-2009 03:10 AM

I have, soon to have HAD, the 64, a junk, not a saw. Never could use the tilt, trunnion bolt would not tighten, cause the cast ‘lead’ top was junk and the bolts stripped, hence re-sized the holds and put up with never tilting the blade, I am now looking at the Ridge 4511, I would be happy with the 3660 but they are not available anymore,
forget recon, shipping is too expensive.

-- Round tuit's don't do it, just get a round toit, avaiable where buckets of steam are sold.

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