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Forum topic by HunterCreek posted 04-14-2015 04:27 PM 741 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2015 04:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question powermatic model 62 upgrade cabinet saw vintage tool

Hi All,

I’m a young, aspiring fine woodworker who’s looking to move up in the world. As I take on more projects, I’m realizing that I need a table saw that I don’t despise with most of the bones in my body. I currently have an aging Sears Craftsman 10” direct drive saw. It runs fine, but everything is just about terminally misaligned, and the direct drive developed some blade wobble that certainly doesn’t do wonders for the cut quality.

I had been looking at less expensive cabinet saws like the G0715p, but a friend of mine turned me onto vintage tool hunting. I found a beautiful Powermatic Model 62 listed near me. It has a newer 1.5hp Dayton motor, link belt, new bearings, new arbor pulley, and a trued arbor flange. It comes with the original throat plate as well as two zero clearance inserts and a couple of miter jigs. It’s listed for $500 with no included blades.

I’d love any feedback on what people think of the Model 62, and how the price seems for that saw. Also, I’m opening up the conversation to whether I should look at new or old saws. A couple of things to consider are that I can’t fit a saw any wider than 48” into my shop, and that I won’t be in my current basement shop for more than a few years if I continue down the fww path. I’m looking for a good saw, but not a forever saw, so resale value is a consideration.

Thanks so much for any input, thoughts, and pushes in the right direction!

Cheers,
Hunter

-- Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence


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#1 posted 04-14-2015 04:36 PM

That’s priced very high. Used saws are usually worth roughly what you paid, but I don’t think you’ll ever get close to that price out of it. I think you can do better for $500.

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 04:44 PM

Yeah, that’s what I’ve been hearing. To make the older saw worth it, I think I’d have to bargain him down to somewhere in the $200s. I do have some Biesemeyer fence parts on hand so I could do a free upgrade.

If I can’t get the price down that much I’m probably better off waiting and looking more, or going with the G0771, which should be going on sale for $625 tomorrow.

Thanks,

Hunter

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 10:45 PM

bump for the evening crowd….

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