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Posted on New TS - Looking to spend $1500

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#1 posted 03-05-2021 04:12 AM

I had a Craftsman contractor saw for many years, never had the electrical capacity for a 220 volt saw. When the tilting screw wouldn’t allow me to get to 45ยบ for ripping, I knew it was time to move on. Found a used Delta 36-5000 for $200, didn’t have the factory base, no blade guard and the fence had issues. Spent some time and money (not much) and got it running fairly well. Upgraded the wiring finally to have 220 available, a few months later a PM66 came available in my area for $800. The saw had been in a school setting, the previous owner had swapped out the 3 phase motor and switch, added a Biesemeyer fence with 30” rails. Sold the Delta for $500, bought a motor cover from Bell Plastics, bought the SharkGuard blade guard with splitter and D/C hook up, I’m good to go. If I hadn’t found the Powermatic, I would have seriously considered the Grizzly, the riving knife on the Delta was a game changer, am happy with the ShardGuard.

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