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#1 posted 01-29-2019 01:04 PM



After 15 years I finally decided to give up my old Craftsman Contractor saw. Its been a great saw still works great but its time for a new one.
I been leaning twored the Powermatic 64A and I would like to hear from some of who has one and your opinion.

Thanks

- MLK

I am doing a refurb on a ‘70s craftsman 113 table saw to sell it. Did you sell yours, and if so, how much?

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#2 posted 01-29-2019 02:06 PM

I wouldn’t replace a contractor saw with another contractor saw. Is there any specific reason you’re set on a 64A rather than a Unisaw, PM1000/2000, Sawstop PCS, or one of the various Grizzly hybrid or cabinet saws?

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#3 posted 01-29-2019 02:14 PM

Jonah is there any special reason you wouldent stay with a contractors saw?

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#4 posted 01-29-2019 02:17 PM

hkmiller I posted a picture of the saw, I’m asking $450 and I put on Facebook Marketplace place I have several people coming to look at it today.

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#5 posted 01-29-2019 02:19 PM

You appear to be buying a near copy of what you have. I would go for an upgrade in power and get solid wings via a cabinet saw.

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#6 posted 01-29-2019 02:22 PM

I don’t think you will experience much of an upgrade. Those two saws are very similar in design and power. How would the Powermatic be an improvement? If you want to upgrade, I would advise that you at least look at a hybrid saw with a 2 or more horsepower motor.

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#7 posted 01-29-2019 06:25 PM

The PM64a is a nice contractor saw, but I also don’t think it’ll be much of an upgrade from what you have. The same disadvantages of having an outboard motor will exist, and there’s still no riving knife. The PM64a fence is a little nicer, the solid cast wings will be a little nicer, and the motor might have a tad more oomph, but all in all, not a huge step up. The move to a hybrid design or full industrial cabinet saw would be much more significant. Something like a Jet Proshop or PM64B. or a Grizzly G1023RL for example.

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#8 posted 01-29-2019 06:49 PM

I have the Powermatic 64A and it works just fine for me, but I would think that you would be better served stepping up a level to a cabinet type saw. Just my cents.

I have no complaints with the 64A. I have had it almost 20 years without any problems.
I did buy the Contractor PALS for it last year and that really helped with alignment.

The 64A does have solid extension wings and Left Tilt. That is why I chose it all those years ago.

Is there a specific reason why you want to stay with a contractor type saw?

If I were wanting to replace my 64A today, I look at the SawStop but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Here is what mine looks like today. I just added the Shark Guard to it a few days ago. I like this a lot. The stock guard is junk.

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#9 posted 01-29-2019 09:52 PM

Well I sold my Craftsman table saw today its been a good friend for the past 15 plus years now the search begins for a new saw. After reading all the post not sure what Ill end up with, thanks to everybody.

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#10 posted 01-29-2019 11:04 PM

I started woodworking with my father’s Craftsman contractors saw. When I could afford my own, I bought a Powermatic Artisan 64A. It was a step or two up form the Craftsman. It was more solidly built and the fence (a Vega as I recall) was miles better than the Craftsman fence. I still miss the micro adjust it had. It served me well for about 15 years. I got a great deal on a Unisaw and sold the Powerrmatic 64A. The step up to the Unisaw was a game-changer. There is no comparison between the two saws. The Unisaw is better in every category, hands down. My only real complaint about the 64A was that, as it aged, I had difficulty getting it to hold it’s settings. It would go out of adjustment frequently and I’d struggle to get the miter slots realigned with the blade. Nevertheless, it’s about as good a contractors saw as you can find. I agree with others who posted above. If you need to stay with a contractors saw, buy the 64A. It’s a pretty good saw. If you can, however, step up to a real cabinet saw. You won’t regret it.

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#11 posted 02-11-2019 10:12 PM

I bought the PM1000, its on order and should be hear in about a weak. I have one question that I haven’t been able to get a clear answer and that is will riving knife that comes with the PM1000 work with a thin kerf blade?

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#12 posted 02-11-2019 10:45 PM



I bought the PM1000, its on order and should be hear in about a weak. I have one question that I haven t been able to get a clear answer and that is will riving knife that comes with the PM1000 work with a thin kerf blade?

- MLK

No, you will need to buy the thin kerf riving knife

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fivecodys

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#13 posted 02-11-2019 11:06 PM



I bought the PM1000, its on order and should be hear in about a weak. I have one question that I haven t been able to get a clear answer and that is will riving knife that comes with the PM1000 work with a thin kerf blade?

- MLK

Congratulations. That is a nice saw!

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