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