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Powermatic PM 2000 #1: Finally... a new table saw!!

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Blog entry by Calvin Sphuler posted 07-26-2007 04:39 AM 8640 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I must say, it has been a long time in the coming but my time has finally arrived! I just got the go ahead from my lovely and kind wife Hillary to make that one purchase every aspiring woodworker dreams of. In my case, I have been dreaming of this day since the moment I walked out of highschool woodshop for good… the day I would purchase the table saw of my dreams.

After I got the go-shead, I started doing quite a bit of research and found a lot of good saws. I knew that I wanted to get a cabinet saw and I wanted this table saw to be the last one I ever buy. So after a while I was able to narrow my choices down to three different saws:

1.) The Grizly G1023SL
2.) The Powermatic 66
3.) The Powermatic PM 2000

The grizzly G1023SL has got some great reviews from magazines like Fine Woodworking and I would bet that it would be all the saw I would ever need. It is also very afordable as cabinet saws go. But like I said, I wanted this to be my last table saw purchase and I was not sure if this saw would be everything that I would ever want. So, I scratched the G1023SL off the list. If the budget would have been a little tighter though, This saw would have been hands down my final choice

So I was left with the Powermatic 66 and the PM 2000. Threw my research I began to realize that many a cabinet shop and serious woodworker had purchased a Powermatic model 66 over the years and I was very hard pressed to find anything but praise for this saw. Mark over at the Wood Whisperer has this saw and has comented in hes podcasts neumorus times about what a great saw it is. The only draw back to this saw is it’s price.

Any one doing research on table saws and reading table saw reviews is going to hear about the Powermatic PM 2000. This saw was put out by Powermatic fairly recently (i.e. in the last few years) and it has gotten rave reviews for it’s many new and inovative features. Some of these new features include built in casters, user friendly blade gard and splitter and pawls, riving knife splitter design and an improved magnetic switch that is safty minded. The only thing that bothered me about this saw was that it is relativly new and even though it has all of these new features… the price is lower than the 66.

I was stuck… should I go with the time tested 66? or should I go with the new and improved PM 2000? This is the point where I decided to shoot Mark over at the Wood Whisperer and email and ask him what he would do. He said that I would be happy with either saw and that the reason the price was lower on the PM 2000 was probably the motor. Evidently The motor on the 66 is made by a different company and is of slightly better quality than the PM 2000. Mark said that if I wanted absolute top of the line to go with the 66 and If the new and inovative features sounded really appealing then to go with the PM 2000 but either way I would be very pleased with what I got.

So, being admitedly fascinated with all of the new features of the Powermatic PM 2000, I called up Woodcraft of spokane and ordered one new bright and shinny Powermatic PM 2000 table saw! That was three weeks ago and it is still not here. I don’t think I have been this excited since my wedding night! But as soon as it gets here I will give you all an update on how the transport, unpacaging and assembly go.

-- The Junkie, Lewiston, ID, www.woodshopjunkie.com



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#1 posted 07-26-2007 04:46 AM

Congratulations on the new saw! I wouldn’t say that too loudly, ”I don’t think I have been this excited since my wedding night!” You don’t want to upset the one you love. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 07-26-2007 04:46 AM

Let another Idaho kid be the first to congratulate you!

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 06:13 AM

Good luck on your choice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 07-26-2007 08:30 AM

I would get the PM 2000 without thinking about it. Has a great Riving knife… better dust collection, and built in casters… Having purchased a killer saw myself last january and already I am trading it in I would suggest that you download the videos from SawStops website… watch them with your honey… and seriously consider opening your wallet a bit wider and your wife will agree after watching the videos with you.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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coloradoclimber

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 05:16 PM

Calvin,

I went through this exercise not too long ago. Here are a couple of threads talking about the same set of choices. I ended up w/ the PM 2000 and am very happy. The ONLY downside of the PM2000, in my mind, is that it is made offshore. As a saw I really like it. It had enough upgrades over the PM66 to make it the choice for my dollars. The sawstop just doesn’t do it for me. I know a lot of people have found religion with the sawstop, it appears to be a well made saw, but for the cost and technology risk it wasn’t worth the cost / reward for me. More comments in these threads. The only saw I would consider, just because I think it is such a cool idea, is the new granite topped steel city saws. I probably wouldn’t actually buy one, but it is pretty spiff.

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Drew1House

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#6 posted 07-26-2007 05:24 PM

I saw the granite topped saw at the show in vegas… neat.. but HOLY HEAVY…and while it is a 2 inch top I think it would not stand a strike as well as the cast iron. The other issue is that it heats up and cools down slowly so if you have a shop thats temp is not constant… you are going to have a sticky top till it gets to room temp… (Iron does this as well but will change to room temp faster.) I bought a very nice 3 horse unisaw in January… Kicked myself for not getting the PM2000 but always had used Delta saws and thought I would keep it grey… but then bought a powermatic Jointer and a Powermatic variable speed digital drill press as Delta cannot figure theirs out… So I guess a mixed bag is where I am going as well. After looking at the show and the video… I decided if I could swing it I would trade up. And when my buddy who owns timberline said he would credit me 100% of what I paid for the other saw towards the new SawStop… there was no question… I have it coming… and as long as I am trading up… figured what the heck and got the 5 horse instead of the 3… The only thing Ill miss I think is I think the unisaw has a better dust management system as the entire cabnet has a sloped bottom… works great!

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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