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Posted on Special needs son and woodworking.

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#1 posted 08-23-2017 07:29 PM

Congrats on your son’s woodworking enthusiasm!

In the last year, I’ve bought a SS PCS31230 and a Powermatic PM1500 band saw. The Saw Stop installation was incredibly well documented and as a result went perfectly. The machine itself has been great. Well made and finished out very nicely.

The PM1500 was a different story. The packaging was inadequate. I am surprised that all the parts arrived and that it wasn’t damaged. Installation is pretty simple for a bandsaw so no problems until I discovered a manufactoring defect in the upper guides. PM service was pleasant and seemed to want to help but really didn’t have a clue. After two fruitless calls, I decided to take care of it myself with a visit to a machine shop. Now the band saw runs fine. I expected better finish out on such a high cost machine. It isn’t horrible but more comparable to my Grizzy jointer than the Saw Stop.

In a couple years after I get the poor initial impression out of my system, I suppose I’ll be OK with my PM experience. But as a result of my experiences, I’d go with the SS. It’s a great tool and the safety factor is just icing on the cake.

-- Slow but.............well just slow.

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