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Pre-purchase comparison PM 1500

Pre-purchase comparison PM 1500

02-28-2021 06:21 PM by Herbb | 20 comments »

Well the saw has not yet arrived, but i did want to share my reasons for choosing the Powermatic over a few other brands. I got a chance to compare the Powermatic to similarly priced Jet and Rikon units. The comparison did not include any actual use, as the units were on display at the Indianapolis Rockler store.To me, the PM just felt more substantial . I especially liked how solid the blade guard felt when fully extended. The crank handle also felt better and operated more smoothly. Note...

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Quality No Longer At This Price

Quality No Longer At This Price

07-12-2020 05:01 PM by mrtrenier | 8 comments »

I went with the Powermatic because I assumed I was getting a higher quality machine. I was sorely mistaken. I had to add a couple of my own washers, there were no instructions for installing the Vortex cone, and plastic handles abound. I am very sorry I didn’t go with the Jet and could have saved myself a couple a hundred bucks. Granted, I just tried the machine out, and the suction seems good, but more in line with my Jet not a machine that is supposed to be much more powerful. If...

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Almost excellent.

Almost excellent.

06-11-2020 05:15 PM by Ennismt | 28 comments »

I’d say I’m an intermediate woodworker. My previous table saw was a DeWalt job site saw, the 7491RS. It’s an excellent saw but with a small work surface. The good: excellent fit and finish. most parts are durable steel, chrome and iron that fit and function very well. packaging was excellent and all parts were present and in excellent condition. assembly was pretty straight forward. the measuring tape was off and was replaced quickly after a phone call. removing and re-applying the ...

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Really excellent product

Really excellent product

03-08-2020 03:59 AM by leftcoaster | 3 comments »

This is my first mortiser and so far so great! I’m doing a project with through mortises in 1.5” cherry and squaring those off by hand is a LOT of work (there are many). The PM701 makes quick work of those – with proper sharpening I banged a set of these out in no time at all. So far my only issue is this: For through mortises I need a sacrificial board under the work to prevent blowout. There’s no obvious way to attach one and have it not interfere with the operation of the clam...

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A great saw with a few drawbacks

A great saw with a few drawbacks

02-05-2020 02:02 AM by Knotheadwilly | 17 comments »

After the completion of my new shop, one item I definitely wanted to upgrade was my table saw. I have had a Bosch 4100 for almost five years and I can’t say too much bad about it. It was accurate, powerful, dependable but where it lacked was dust collection. I started researching saws a while back in anticipation of my new shop so there was a lot of internet time reading reviews and specifications. I also watched a multitude of videos on YouTube to help in my decision. I had narrowed it down ...

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Powermatic 3520C - Initial Impressions

Powermatic 3520C - Initial Impressions

03-13-2019 12:29 PM by edapp | 6 comments »

Wanted to do a quick review of this because it is relatively new and have not seen a review of it posted here yet. This is only my initial impressions! I will follow up in a year or so when I have more time on the machine…. Another caveat – this is my first lathe. So take all of these things with a grain of salt. I do however have realistic expectations based on owning many tools from many brands and some pretty nice ones mixed in. This was by far my most expensive single tool ...

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PM CNC dust shoe has fatal design flaw

PM CNC dust shoe has fatal design flaw

03-03-2019 04:01 PM by Mike_D_S | 5 comments »

On my CNC machine, the current dust shoe setup has a few issues I’ve been meaning to take care of for a bit. First off, the shoe is set up for a 2.5 inch port for a shop vac. Secondly, the original owner cut the brush oddly so there is a section with short bristles near the DC port. So between the small port and the suction loss with the short brush on the one side, making a new dust shoe has been on my to do list for a bit. I happened to get an email from Amazon about some warehous...

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As good as I hoped

As good as I hoped

02-13-2017 02:27 AM by Mainiac Matt | 16 comments »

A former coworker set up a garage shop when he retired and decked it out with very nice Powermatic tools all purchased as a package deal. Now, 8 years later, his health has failed and he’s selling his house and liquidating his shop. I was really happy when he called to give me first dibs, and purchased this jointer for a VERY good price. All of his tools were lightly used and in very good condition. I had to break down the machine to get it down my basement steps, and is just got...

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Yet another Powermatic review, close up.

Yet another Powermatic review, close up.

05-08-2016 01:15 PM by Tennessee | 11 comments »

As I stated in another review, I spent well over a month going back and forth between the Powermatic PWBS-14CS, with riser, and the Grizzly G0513X2. The differences are stark.The Grizz uses a 131.5” blade, the Powermatic uses a 105”. (More steel, more teeth, longer wear.)The Grizz is a 2HP, 2 speed model, the Powermatic is a one speed, 1.5HP model.The Powermatic comes in around 225 lbs. The Grizzly comes in at about 390 lbs.The Grizz table is 23 5/8 X 17 1/4”, the Powerm...

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New Powermatic 14" with Riser

New Powermatic 14" with Riser

04-29-2016 01:43 AM by Dee1 | 5 comments »

I upgraded my old mid 50s Delta, it had some issues So I ordered this Saw from CPO, the Mobile base arrived in a big box with no packing at all, both the wheel locks were broken, I thought jeez hope the saw comes in better shape. And it did saw was packed very well in three boxes also the riser was included in its own box with all its access, at no charge it was included so that was nice.The saw was fairly easy to set up a earlier poster complained about the motor being hard to hang this ...

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