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#1 posted 10-21-2018 12:11 AM

That’s a pretty good deal on that Powermatic, mainly because of the fence. I’m pretty sure that’s an older right tilt model, and it will have a splitter/guard not a riving knife. It’s dust collection will also be inferior to both the Grizzly and Delta as it’s the classic “motor hanging out the ass” design.

That VSCT fence would be close to $400 retail once you add in the custom built rails. I don’t have one, but everyone seems to rave about it. For reference, I’d say a reasonable price for the saw without all the upgrades/extras is probably somewhere around the $250 range.

And it’s not really more saw than you need. The saw itself is going to be functionally quite similar to the Grizzly and Delta. Like I said, the benefit will be the fence which is going to be helpful even for the most basic operations.

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