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Posted on Powermatic PM1500 Worthiness?

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#1 posted 10-13-2018 08:16 PM

At that price point do yourself a favor and look at the SCM Formula S400P (AKA Minimax MM16). These are made by Centauro in Italy and white labeled for SCM. They are simply the best steel framed vertical saws built today.

The PM1500 is a solid saw all the way around, there isn’t much to complain about other than the price puts it too close to the Italian made saws like the previously mentioned SCMs and the ACM built Laguna HD saws.

As for blades you might want to start a thread with your questions in order to get more input.

I would suggest a carbide tipped Lenox Trimaster/Woodmaster CT or a Laguna Resaw King for resawing/veneer cutting and I prefer Lenox blades for most of the rest of your carbon or bi-metal blade needs. The high silicon steel Timberwolf blades are initially sharper than a standard carbon blade but will dull much quicker, it is simply the nature of the metal.

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