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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 06-21-2012 06:21 PM 6645 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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06-21-2012 06:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic tablesaw

I would like some opinions on this posting on Craigslist: “Powermatic Table Saw – 14” – Model 72A, 7.5 hp, with 52” accu-fence. Very good condition.” The owner is asking $1,000—looks a little high to me. I looked up some information on the Internet and this is a 220V, single phase motor. I understand that the 14” blade limits blade selection, but I am thinking that as long as the blade fits in the 1” arbor and meets the speed limitations, a smaller blade should work.

The listing was posted yesterday, so your quick responses are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Don Broussard

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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Loren

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 07:02 PM

That’s a 32-36 amp draw on a 220 volt circuit.

You probably don’t need a saw that big and your rim speed on
smaller blades will be slower since the saw is set up for cutting
with 14” blades. Other than that it’s not a bad deal.

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 06-21-2012 07:21 PM

I agree that it’s more saw than I need, but I am anxious to upgrade from my brother’s borrowed saw (Ryobi BT3000) to a saw with repeatability and accuracy. That little Ryobi has to be checked for square and alignment every time the saw is turned off and reset.

As for the amperage draw, I do have a 100A sub-panel in the shop, and since I am normally the only one in that shop, I will only be using lights and the saw at one time (and maybe a radio). I would have to get an electrician to add a 220-V circuit to the panel. I did ask the owner to verify how the motor is wired up. If it’s 3-phase, I will probably not be interested.

Thanks for the quick feedback.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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AHuxley

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#3 posted 06-21-2012 07:30 PM

First that is considered a 12/14” saw and you can get most anything in 12” that you can buy in 10” without having to search or go to an industrial blade.

That is an excellent saw, in great shape well worth the money. It and the Delta 12/14 are better saws than the Uni and PM66. My only reservation is I won’t own a table saw anymore that does not have a riving knife but if that weren’t an issue for me the PM 72 is a great saw if you have the extra room.

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cabmaker

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#4 posted 06-21-2012 08:08 PM

12 inch blades will work fine. For $ 1000.00 You should already be over there loading. Take some help ! Its near half ton.

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Mdc1964

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#5 posted 02-12-2019 09:00 PM

I know I’m replying to an old post but just curious how things worked out with the PM72a. I went through the same hoops when I got mine years ago. Got the saw for free but was 3 phase motor and had to replace with a new 5 hp single phase. Was pricey but well worth it. It’s an absolute workhorse of a saw.

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 02-12-2019 11:52 PM

I ended up getting a 1947 Unisaw. I didn’t follow up on this Powermatic after my table saw needs were met.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Mdc1964

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#7 posted 02-13-2019 02:07 PM

The Unisaw is a good setup.

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