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$2,099.99 list($2,580.00)
1. Powermatic 1660760K Model 66 3
$2,299.99 list($2,690.00)
2. Powermatic 1660791K 5 HP, 1-Phase
$1,999.99 list($2,312.00)
3. Powermatic 1660802K Model 66 Special
$3,199.99 list($3,305.00)
4. Powermatic 1660795K Model 66 5
$899.99 list($1,002.50)
5. Powermatic 1791216K PWBS-14CS
$2,449.99 list()
6. Powermatic 1660805 Model 66 5
$2,599.99 list($3,000.00)
7. Powermatic 1660812K Model 66 3
$899.99 list($1,027.00)
8. Powermatic 1791101 Model 80 Oscillating
$1,821.99 list($1,999.00)
9. Powermatic 1791297 Model 209 20"
$999.99 list($1,300.00)
10. Powermatic 1791228K 64 Left Tilt
$2,399.99 list()
11. Powermatic 1660806 Model 66 3
$2,799.99 list($3,284.00)
12. Powermatic 1270111 5 Horsepower
$899.99 list($969.00)
13. Powermatic 1791264K Model 719T
$2,299.99 list($2,555.00)
14. Powermatic 1660750K Model 66 5
$1,049.99 list($1,241.00)
15. Powermatic 1791291K Model 31A
$1,249.99 list($1,560.00)
16. Powermatic 1791271K Model 64 10"
$123.49 list()
17. Powermatic 2042377 Mobile Base
$3,999.99 list()
18. Powermatic 1791254 24" x 42" Wood
$649.99 list($743.00)
19. Powermatic 1791220K Model 64S
$111.99 list($169.99)
20. Powermatic 2042377 Mobile Base

1. Powermatic 1660760K Model 66 3 HP Table Saw
list price: $2,580.00
our price: $2,099.99
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Asin: B00005OQM4
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 5451
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Known as one of the few quality saws still made in America,what really sets the Powermatic 66 apart from the competition is about200 pounds of solid vibration-reducing cast iron. The weight of thismachine makes it the smoothest-running tool in its class. A 40-pound,single-piece, cast-iron trunnion reduces vibration from the3-horsepower motor. Combine this with the 28-by-38-inch cast-irontabletop and you have one beefy machine weighing in at just under 600pounds. The unique belt-drive system distributes torque moreefficiently with less wasted energy going to heat. Staying cool means alonger motor life and less wasted electricity. The Powermatic 66 has aconvenient, hinged front access door and a 4-inch dust collection portfor easy connection to standard dust collectors. The 50-inch Accu-Fencehas an interior spring that applies constant pressure when not lockeddown, which takes the slop out of fence movement, improving accuracyand the speed of fence adjustments. It also has replaceable sides witheasy-access screws. Users can adjust the sides so close to the tabletopthat laminates will not slip underneath. The Powermatic 66 is theclassic choice for professional cabinetry and furniture shops, as wellas for hobbyists who spend more time in the shop than on the couch.--Nancy Gleason ... Read more

Features

  • Includes $292 worth of free options: dado insert, motor cover, extension table, and legs
  • Heavy cast-iron trunnion reduce vibration and ensure smoother cuts
  • High-efficiency 3VX drive-belt system delivers torque more efficiently and generates less heat
  • Left-tilting blade prevents binding during bevel cutting, reducing the risk of kickback
  • Award-winning Accu-Fence system creates an easy-gliding, precision fence

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Rolls Royce of Cabinet Saws
I purchased my 66 in August of 1997. It has been used heavily for the cabinet work in our new log home as well as several other furniture projects. I made the cabinets from hickory and the 66 sliced through this like soft butter. I compared the 66 to the Delta and the Jet. I preferred the left tilt, and the small access door on the front was a nice feature. The Powermatic just seemed to be an all around solid machine. I've not regretted the extra expense for one second. If you want a serious table saw, this baby has what it takes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag
I received the saw and all 7 boxes. Driver was very helpful in delivering directly to shop. From one of the previous reviews I read here, I had put together the mobile base (bought separately) first and was able to move the saw base from the pallet to the mobile base. This is definitely the way to go.

First the good. I had always heard that the Powermatic 66 was the "best". I was impressed by the fit and finish of the saws that I had seen. I still feel that the finish on the top is the best anywhere. The packaging provided good protection. The extension wings went on easily and were easy to align properly. I got the wood extension table and it arrived intact without problem.

Now the not so good. Installing the front rail for the accufence, the instruction manual has you ensure exactly 2 27/32" from table to front rail and that this dimension is critical. However, after attaching the rail to table, it was not possible to achieve this "critical" dimension. Contacting Powermatic by phone(don't try the URL address provided, it doesn't work), they informed me that as long as the offset is consistent from table to rail that acceptable performance can be achieved (i.e., 2 14/16 or 2 13/16 was OK as long as this was consistent along the length of the table. (So much for critical). Not having this info initially cost me a couple hours unnecessary setup time. I also had difficulty getting the guide bar to be a consistent length from the table to the bar. The Powermatic rep(different individual) I contacted assured me that this had never been a problem before. (so I must be making it up?). I started removing mounting bolts from the underneath of the guide bar and found that one of the holes was offset enough to prevent the guide bar from being paralell. Once removed, it was possible to properly align the guide bar.

Once the fence was set up, I attempted to adjust for paralell. I spent a lot of time and was never satisfied with results, but the dimensions from the infeed and outfeed side of blade to the fence were equal or the outfeed was a hair greater. I never got a smooth cut. I assumed that the blade I was using was at fault, and bought a Forrest blade (very nice). I tried again and got better results but still not what I expected. There was always a gap between the wood and the fence on the outfeed side or I would get binding if adjusted the outfeed side further in.

I decided to invest in a rather expensive precision gauge to measure for exact paralell. What I found is that the accufence side plate which is UHMW plastic is concave, going in approximately 8 mils at the center of the cut. I am still working on getting this right, I ought to be able to shim it.

In summary, when the saw is up and running, it is very smooth and powerful. Very heavy arbor, low vibration, excellent lift and tilt mechanisms. The surface finish is excellent, but the fit of the fence was disappointing to say the least. I suspect this will be an excellent tool when finally adjusted. I had an inexpensive craftsman before and required a lot of adjustment and aftermarket add ons to make it work smoothly. I didn't expect the same from Powermatic. I am convinced top quality tools are worth the expense, but I expect top quality. I can recommend the HTC mobile base and the Forrest blade that I bought for this tablesaw, but the verdict on the saw itself is questionable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth spending $400-$600 more
Purchased saw from local dealer paid $50.00 more than online. Couldn't wait shipping time from onlinesale. Fit and finnish excellent, better than Jet, Delta, General and everyone else. You will spend $400 - $600 more over the competitions best, you will never be satisfied untill you own a Powermatic-Bottom line, DO NOT SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS. Stock fence with UWOM poly sides is good for zero clearance cuts, but for short stock use a Besiemere with laminite sides. I would recomend this saw to anyone who demands the best and appreciates quality workmanship.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Machine.... Better save up though.
There is not much to say about this saw that hasn't already been said 1 million times. It's the best out there, but you pay for it. I examined many shops, garages, and woodworking stores before finally investing in the Powermatic, but I would not change anything now that I have it. The fit and finish is perfect, the power is ample, and the cuts are amazing. Combine this machine with a Forrest woodworker II and you're ready for just about anything. It took me a while to get the machine all set-up and the tolerances dialed in, but careful setup leads to successful production. All items arived in good shape, and went together as planned. I used a dial gauge mounted on a miter-gauge insert for all my alignment which was priceless. I measured the arbor flange runout at less that 0.001" at the outer rim of the flange. The only complaint I have is the price.

2-0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate experience
I had many problems with this saw because of defective parts. The fence rail was bent, the table top was not flat (out 5/32" from side to side). The material on the side of the fence was cupped. Powermatic service did replace all these parts but this isn't where the problems ended. After set up finally was complete,I powered the saw up and a great deal of vibration occurred. Come to find out when the machine was manufactured the set screw on the drive pulley for the blade was missing.So the pulley was drifting on the shaft. Easy fix but by this time I thinkin' lemon. I could write a 100 pages of adjustments and problems I have had with this thing but I will spare you all the details. Just to let you know a little background on myself is I'm a mechanical engineer and have a great deal of understanding when it comes to equipment. This is not what I had expected from Powermatic ... Read more


2. Powermatic 1660791K 5 HP, 1-Phase Model 66 Table Saw with 50" Fence
list price: $2,690.00
our price: $2,299.99
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Asin: B0000225QR
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 3343
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Powermatic's model 66 table saw is a beautiful thing right out of the box, its high-grade cast-iron top machine-polished to a mirror finish. For a second, it almost looks too good to use for work--but only for a second. This is a piece of shop equipment that makes a toolhound's heart beat faster. The saw's big table (28 by 38 inches) is impressively thick and durable, so it will stay flat and true. With the heaviest cast-iron trunnion of any 10-inch saw on the market, the model 66 virtually snuffs out all vibration. The double drive-belt system, hooked up to the burly 5-horsepower motor, delivers pretty astonishing power to the blade; we tried everything we could think of--including a big hunk of oak two-by--but the blade never bogged down for a second. A C-flange mount takes the weight of the motor, so the blade cranks up or down easily without the extra weight. The saw's hand wheels are also made of cast iron and have excellent clearance.

The heart of any table saw, arguably, is the fence--and Powermatic's model 66 sports the award-winning Accu-Fence, a system that uses only two moving parts to create easy-gliding, precision, no-budge fence action. The left-tilting blade tilts away from the fence, which helps prevent kickback and binding of the stock, making for smoother cuts. The two-sided blade guards work independently of each other, so the blade is always covered. The guards also swing totally out of the way to make blade changes easy. Behind the blade, there are antikickback pawls for added safety. The saw's base has a clean-out door, allowing you easy access to the saw body and making cleanup a snap--no reaching around the saw components or having to remove the motor cover. You'll also receive a load of extras, including a dado insert, a motor cover, and an extension table and legs. Admittedly, this isn't a cheap saw; without a doubt, however, it is an excellent one that would make a great addition to any shop. --Jon Groebner ... Read more

Features

  • High efficiency belt system
  • Heavy-duty one piece cast-iron trunion for superior stability
  • Left tilt blade prevents binding and reduces tear-out
  • Heavy construction throughout to reduce vibration
  • Fan-cooled enclosed motor for protection from dust

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Powerful, Precision Tool.
After having had several contractor type table saws, that were all generally underpowered and had imprecise fences, I recently stepped up to the Powermatic Model 66, 5hp, single phase, table saw. At last I have a powerful, precision tool that is the keystone of my woodworking shop.

The quality of this machine is first rate. It was well packaged from the factory and set up easily. (Insist on a lift gate delivery).

The front fence rail was a bit off 90 degrees, but was quickly and courteously replaced by Powermatic customer service inside of a week. The new rail is perfect and holds the fence tube parallel to the table top thus facilitating a true fence alignment.

For me, this machine has no negatives. There were no shortcuts taken in either it's design or manufacture. Virtually everything on this machine is adjustable. Fine tuning the machine, once it is in place and set up, is minimal and straight forward.

The Biesemeyer type fence is beyond reproach. The cast table top and wings are flat and true. The mobil base allows you to move the machine easily, with one hand, anywhere in your work space. With the 5hp motor, nothing inhibits this machine.

If your needs include a powerful, precise, high quality table saw, choose the Powermatic Model 66. It's a real beauty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powermatic 66 the Rolls Royce of Table Saws
I purchased the 5 HP 1 Phase Model 66. Installation of the cast iron wings and the extension table was straightforward. The cast iron top was polished to a mirror finish and was dead flat. The saw blade was aligned with the miter slots to within 0.002 in. right out of the crate. The Accu-Fence, a Biesemeyer clone was easy to adjust and has been rock solid and very accurate so far. One of the best attributes of this saw is the lack of vibration due to the massive cast iron trunion. The 5 HP motor can easily digest thick hardwoods (I recently sawed a large amount of 12/4 curly cherry without a hiccup). The motor never bogs down. The stock blade guard is hopeless so I purchased an aftermarket overarm guard. I also recommend the Biesemeyer removeable splitter, but make sure that if you order this saw that you have Amazon order the new Biesemeyer splitter that has been redesigned for the Model 66's manufactured after August 2000. This saw is quiet, powerful, and very accurate. Without question this will be the last cabinet saw you will ever buy if you take care of it. The Powermatic 66 is truly the Rolls Royce of table saws.

5-0 out of 5 stars Three years and running great!
OK, so I used that same title for another review! Its' true. This ACTUALLY showed up on time, ACTUALLY was packaged nicely, and has ACTAULLY lived up to its hype. The 5hp is overkill, but I like that. Smooth, stable, quiet, good dust control, GREAT fence. The fence was adjusted when we set the saw up three years ago and it needed its first tweak about six months ago. That's it. I run ply, MDF, and various hardwoods without even a change of pitch from the motor. I use an 8" Frued Dado with no problems at all. I use this saw commercially and I highly reccommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Powermatic 66 Review
This saw is one of smoothest, quietest, accurate running saw I have had the pleasure of using. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants a saw in the "Cadillac" category.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powermatic 66
I did alot of homework before I purchased the Powermatic 66. I ordered it on a Monday from the Tool Crib and received it on Thursday. Everything was packaged securely and arrived in 6 boxes. I am waiting for the mobile base to arrive so I can put it together. I am very pleased with the service from the Tool Crib and their shipper FedEx. FedEx unloaded it from the truck and placed it in my shop. Fast and friendly all around. A+++ ... Read more


3. Powermatic 1660802K Model 66 Special Edition 3 HP, Table Saw
list price: $2,312.00
our price: $1,999.99
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Asin: B0000225R0
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 7671
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you've always wanted to own Powermatic's model 66 table saw, but you've held off because of the space it demands, then take a close look at Powermatic's Special Edition 66, built with the home workshop in mind. This is a piece of shop equipment that makes a toolhound's heart beat faster. The eye-catching high-grade cast-iron top is machine-polished to a mirror finish. The saw's table--impressively thick and durable--has both a cast-iron wing extension and a laminated extension (total surface: 28 by 53-3/4 inches). With one of the heaviest cast-iron trunnions on any 10-inch saw on the market, the model 66 virtually snuffs out vibration. The double drive-belt system--hooked up to the burly 3-horsepower motor--delivers pretty astonishing power. A C-flange mount takes the weight of the motor, so the blade cranks up or down easily without the extra weight. The saw's hand wheels are also made of cast iron and have excellent clearance.

The heart of any table saw, arguably, is the fence--and Powermatic's Special Edition 66 sports the award-winning Accu-Fence, a system that uses only two moving parts to create easy-gliding, precision, no-budge fence action. The left-tilting blade tilts away from the fence, which helps prevent kickback and binding of the stock, making for smoother cuts. The two-sided blade guards work independently of each other, so the blade is always covered. The guards also swing totally out of the way to make blade changes easy. Behind the blade, there are antikickback pawls for added safety. The saw's base has a clean-out door, allowing you easy access to the saw body and making cleanup a snap--no reaching around the saw components or having to remove the motor cover. You'll also receive a load of extras, including a dado insert, a motor cover, and an extension table and legs. Admittedly, this isn't a cheap saw; without a doubt, however, it is an excellent one that would make a great addition to any shop. As with almost everything, you get what you pay for--in the case of Powermatic's Special Edition 66, you get a fantastic piece of equipment your friends will envy. --Jon Groebner ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in dust collection and convenient cabinet access for fast clean up
  • Powermatic quality with a smaller footprint
  • Heavy single piece cast-iron trunion for minimal vibration
  • Laminated extension table
  • Accu-Fence and rail system

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny - and then some!
This is one awesome table saw! I used to have a Grizzly contractor saw that drove me nuts - the fence and blade required constant re-adjustment. I've had my PM 66 for 3 years, and have cut thousands of board feet of lumber - haven't even re-adjusted the fence once! Dead-on accurate everytime.

Recommendations: - Get the 52" table extension. I dropped a Rout-R-Lift router base into the extension table to save space in my shop, and LOVE the ability to use the PM 66 fence for dadoes and rabbets on plywood projects (bookcases, TV stands, etc).

- Get the HTC mobile base. Easy to move the saw, and locks in solid. With the weight of the PM 66, this provides a completely stabile, yet mobile, cabinet saw.

- Wire the motor for 220V. Runs whisper quiet. Also, if you get the HTC mobile base, spend a few extra $$ and get a long, heavy-gauge electrical cord that you wire into the motor. I can move my saw anywhere in my shop, plug it into the 220V receptacle, and never worry about tripping over the cord.

- Don't think twice about the cost, if you are a professional or serious hobbyist. Fit and finish are superb. Dead-on accurate. Rock solid. Own one, and you'll understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive little tool
Took delivery on the tool several weeks back, and in spite of the impressive crating of the tool, the unit arrived damaged (broken switch/starter assembly) and the separately boxed extension table was mushroomed at one corner.

After two weeks of having to harrass various customer service groups to get the parts through the order process and actually on a vehicle heading to my part of the country, the parts arrived. Total setup time was about 4 hours' worth of work, and about two weeks total duration.

Installing the extension table is a breeze, and most mating parts lined up perfectly (I did have to grind two of the table top attachment point slots wider as getting the top dead parallel with the blade was not doable with the factory borings.)

The tool itself is well crafted to say the least. The unit is absolutely massive, and vibration is all but eliminated. I was able to stand a penny on end on the table, start the motor and turn off the motor, and the coin did not quiver once. The cast iron top is polished to a mirror finish and as far as my testing indicates, is dead flat. The fence operates very smoothly and locks into position prefectly parallel with the blade (once initially aligned.)

Note that the extension table shipping with the saw as I write this is not the green color pictured, but rather is a black laminate over particle board. Also, to potential buyers, make sure you inspect the bottom of the beefy miter gauge to make sure it is burr-free (I had a couple of small ones I ground down after a few minor scratches in the top.)

Having never used this model before yet having heard it regarded as the 'gold standard', my high expectations of power and accuracy were met. Wish I had purchased this years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best I have ever used.
The Powermatic 66 (3hp) has been in my shop since 1984. It has ripped, crosscut, mitered, dadoed, molded, mortise-tenoned, styled-railed, worked wide materials and very small items all to perfection. In my book, this is with out a doubt the saw of choice! It has never failed to respond to a request that I have made of my Mr. 66.

The saw is equipped with a Beismeyer fence, as I tell my freinds, if you want to remove 128th of an inch of material bring it to Mr. 66, set it and cut it. The tables show the quality story, smooth and polished.

As you can see, I respect this tools because of the capacity and performance it produces. Mr. 66 is truily a joy to work with. It runs several hours a day which causes, because of the hard we work, to go through the edge of quality blades about every two weeks, then off to the sharpening shop. Buy it, use it and enjoy it, as I have. Charles D. Wallin

5-0 out of 5 stars Total Woodworking Pleasure
Once you get past the several hours needed for set-up and the difficulty getting into your shop you will NOT be disappointed. This tool is AWESOME! Even a novice woodworker can get straight, true and accurate cuts with very little effort and experience. The cuts rarely need additional finishing. There is no vibration, hesitation or error with this machine. I wish I had bought one long ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Built Like a Tank
I bought my Powermatic 66 last year after deciding to upgrade the 1 1/2 hp Unisaw I had been using for years. I was sure I wanted a new 3hp Unisaw until I saw it and a Model 66 side by side at a woodworking show in Virginia. There really is no comparison...the 66 is heads and tails above the Unisaw in fit, finish, smoothness of elevation and tilt, and overall mass.

Another factor in deciding to go with the Powermatic was my previous history in dealing with Delta service. You feel like you won the lottery when you actually get someone to answer the phone!

I've equipped my 66 with an Excaliber overarm blade guard, a Biesmeier splitter and a Forrest 10 X 40 Woodworker II blade. If there's a better rig for sawing wood, I sure as heck don't know what it is! ... Read more


4. Powermatic 1660795K Model 66 5 Horsepower, 1 Phase Table Saw with Excalibur Sliding Table
list price: $3,305.00
our price: $3,199.99
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Asin: B0000225S4
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 17060
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Accu-Fence and rail system
  • Heavy single piece cast-iron trunion for minimal vibration
  • Excalibur sliding table for complete control cutting long stock and sheet goods
  • Left tilt blade reduces binding and tear out
  • Laminated extension table

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Investment
This saw replaced a Delta 10" Cabnit Saw - which was a very good saw.

The Powermatic 5HP is one big saw. It will cut anything wood without burning. No matter how slow or fast I feed wood into it the powerful 5HP saw there are no problems. Plywood in sheets can be feed with ease. The cuts are straight the first time and require no secondary working. I have not had one poor plywood cut on this machine. This is the best ripping saw I have ever used. Again the cuts are true and I have not wasted any wood since the purchase of this unit. Wonderful work products can be produced with ease.

The sliding table was set up after viewing a video tape. Using the tips in the video I set up the sliding table - leveled and set it even with the blade in 3 hours. A recent review I read on sliding tables said it took six hours - anyone could do it alone in three following the video. If you have someone to help you - 2 to 2.5 hours. This is not a mobil unit - save your money - do not buy a mobil base. The sliding table must stay stationary to stay properly set.

The rail and fence fit the saw table and sliding table without the need for any cutting. The fence once aligned matains square. It adjusts with little effort. Repeat cuts are exact duplicates of one another. This is as good of fence as I have used and recommend it highly. There is no need of an upgrade here.

With the cast iron extention to the right of the blade and the wood extention table you have an unbeatable work service. Your work is fully supported. You can control cuts with little effort. You will be able to work plywood sheets all day long with this saw, it's sliding table to the left, and the 50 inch extention to the right.

The fit and finish are excellent. Everything went together with ease. The instructions were clear. I put on a Forrest blade and it was in perfect alignment without the need of adjustment - none! I could not believe that it was set right out of the box. The table was level and ground properly - my straight edge was dead flat over every surface of the table. The extension cast iron wing may be a bit off to the left outside but not that it effects cuts or quality of work. It is so close I just can not tell for sure.

This saw will not make better end results BUT it will allow you to work with confidence, building your skills. It is a high compacity workhorse. It will be the last cabnit saw I will buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent saw - worth every penny
I am happy with it every time I use it. It performs the way a table/cabinet saw should - it cuts everything perfectly, every time. It makes glue ready joints every time and I don't even use a fancy forrest blade. I use a decent 60 tooth Freud and I'm happy. It is amazing. The excalibure table is useful, though massive. It isn't the answer to all problems, but with some effort, you can make accurate & precise cuts on full sheets of plywood. I recommend an outfeed table in addition to all this saw has. It makes the sliding table more stable, and improves cuts. The 5 HP motor is great. It doesn't slow down under a load - ever, no matter what. You can rip through solid maple like it was balsa wood. The much touted cast iron top and trunion deserve the praise they receive. This saw is as solid as a tank. You could easily use it for 50 years and still be happy with the cuts!

Buy it and enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Big And Powerful
This is one big heavy saw. It took me three to four hours to set it up after watching the video on the sliding table, the table saw is machined perfect and is very powerful, the five horsepower motor will run though any hardwood you can cut. I have installed a Forrest Blade on it. With the sliding table I can cross cut a full sheet of plywood by myself.I build a lot of cabinets and I need a saw that will stay where you put it, this one will not move with a sheet of 3/4" plywood on it. The rip fence is strong and accurate. You want be disappointed with this saw, it is by far this best table saw on the market today. ... Read more


5. Powermatic 1791216K PWBS-14CS Deluxe Bandsaw
list price: $1,002.50
our price: $899.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00020BNOA
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 5655
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Fully enclosed motor for enduring reliability and longer machine life
  • 15- by 15-inch table with cast iron 5- by 15-inch extension for plenty of work surface
  • Air pump clears chips and dust for better visibility and a finer workpiece
  • 1-1/2hp motor with flat poly V belt for ultra-fast, super-smooth cuts
  • Carter Quick-Tension release for fast blade changes and more productivity

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great saw, slight issues
I got this saw as an aniversary present from my wife and it is a great saw. Especially when compared to my 25 year old Craftsman 12" which I never particularly cared for. Unlike my wife who has always met or exceeded my expectations. It took me about 4 hours to assemble and I am usually a pretty handy guy. The instructions were a little confusing at many points and I had to study the picture carefully to follow along. I wish they had included a light bulb but otherwise, all the parts I needed were carefully packed and included. The setup and adjustment of the auxilary table is particulary fussy. Once the saw was set up, it runs like a top and is very smooth. I have only used it for a few days and I only have one complaint. the thumb screws for adjusting the roller bearings do not allow you to set the fence any closer than about two inches from the blade. If you raise the depth adjustment higher than the fence, you can accomplish this but I am use to setting the height just slightly higher than the board I am cutting. Also, the blower gets in the way of the miter guage if set low as well. The blade that comes with the saw is very cheap but I replaced it with a premium blade and it made the world of a difference. Overall a great saw with mediocre instructions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great 14" bandsaw for the price
This is a wonderful bandsaw I recently received as a gift and is a perfect addition to my shop. I had my eyes set on the Delta X5 model, but saw this relative newcomer and was glad I did. It comes standard with a Carter quick-tension lever, integral worklamp, blower to keep kerf clean, and roller bearing guides (rather than block guides). It also comes with a good fence and miter gauge. It is built well and fairly easy to assemble (about two hours for me), although the instructions could have been better. For example, there is no parts list with which to reconcile all of the hardware. Also, adjustments to level the table come before setting the table square to the blade, which should come first. The online manual (at powermatic.com) should be revised, as my manual addresses how to adjust the roller bearing guides closer to the blade to better support it (see comments by other user below), which is actually easily done. I run all of my tools at 220 V, and this model allows you to easily rewire the motor taps for the appropriate windings. However, if you do this, note that the manual doesn't warn you that you need a 220V light bulb, not easily found. Philips makes one, though, 50A/RS 250V, which I bought through mscdirect.com. The miter gauge was missing from my shipment (seems like they forgot to pack the sub-box into the box containing the base unit), but WMH shipped out a replacement in 5 days. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this unit (despite made in Taiwan) and am thinking about getting the riser block to extend my resaw capacity.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Saw
I recently purchased the Powermatic 14CS Bandsaw at a Woodworker's show where I had the opportunity to make side-by-side comparisons with equivalent Delta and Jet models. Actually my original intent was to look only at Delta and Jet - I wasn't even aware of this new Powermatic model until I saw it at the show (It was introduced in November 2003). After numerous trips between the vendor displays, I finally decided that the Powermatic is the best of the three. It is sturdier than the others, with a larger (two-part) table and a far superior fence. It also includes little niceties such as top and bottom roller bearing guides, a Carter Quick-Release system for the blade, a built-in work light and a chip-blower to keep your cut-line visible and free of debris. At the show it was comparable in price with the high-end Delta, but more expensive than the Jet (with fewer features and less power).

The initial assembly was relatively simple. The only tricky part was getting the two-part table properly mounted and aligned - not tough, but it did take some fooling with to get it just right. I also had a little problem mounting the accessory hooks to the base - at least one screw was missing, and a couple of the threaded holes in the base were not cleanly tapped. I managed to strip a couple of the screws, which was a bit of an inconvience. Finally, I found that the assembly manual was missing a couple of steps right in the middle of the text. Not a real problem - the Powermatic web site has the complete manual.

The blade mounting/tracking/tensioning process is quite easy - just follow the instructions. While there is a tension gauge of sorts (i.e., a mark for each blade width next to the tension spring), it is really just a starting reference point. Even the manual tells you to use it as an inital setting, then make adjustments as needed. Basically I just followed the blade manufacturer's suggestion - turn the saw on, tension the blade until there is no wobble and give it one more turn for good measure. This seems to work. I've switched blades several times using different types and widths, and have had no problems.

The saw is a real cutting machine once you get it up and running. The first thing I did was re-saw some 5" wide rock maple. No problem for this 1-1/2 hp. beast. I was using a small 1/4" blade with the stock fence, which was only roughly aligned with the blade (and no high auxiliary fence mounted), and still got pretty fair results. While I'm no stranger to woodworking, I'm almost totally devoid of experience with a band saw, so I was really pleased with my initial results. I have since done some production work and am pleased with those results as well. I still have a lot to learn though, and a lot of practice cuts in front of me before I'll feel really comfortable with it.

I only have one minor concern/complaint to report, and it is probably more a matter of my lack of band saw savvy than a real problem. The roller bearing guides adjust easily enough, but there is no way to adjust the distance between the side bearings. They are permanently set approximately 1/8" apart which does allow for some blade twisting. Doesn't seem to affect my ability to make accurate cuts, but I would have thought you should be able to adjust this spacing for better blade stability. Other than that, however, I am extremely pleased with my choice of saws. ... Read more


6. Powermatic 1660805 Model 66 5 HP 1-Phase Table Saw with 50" Fence and Router Lift

our price: $2,449.99
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Asin: B000059YQJ
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 1589
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Built-in dust collection port and convenient access to the inside of the saw cabinet
  • 5 hp, 1-phase, 230 volt motor
  • Heaviest cast iron trunnion of any 10 inch saw on the market; reduces vibration for smoother cuts
  • Easy gliding, precision fence with a full 50" right hand and 12" left hand cutting capacity
  • Left tilting blade prevents the binding of stock between the blade and fence, reducing kickback

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars amazon.com-5 points
dont order this product from amazon been waiting for three going on four weeks amazon says it will be two to three more weeks if they dont change it again ......can they really get this saw?????? steve

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Saw and Ok Router
When I ordered the saw, I was disappointed to learn they were backordered and I had to wait 2 weeks before it would be available. Since I was having the saw delivered to my house, we made sure to order a lift gate (an extra [$$$]). The heaviest carton is just under 500 lbs. When the saw finally arrived by Roadway Express, the driver backed up to within 20 feet of my shop and it looked like receiving it would be a piece of cake. As it turned out, the lift gate didn't work. Closer inspection revealed the electric box housing the on/off switches had been smashed and the crank used to raise and lower the blade had been hit so hard, the shaft it is mounted on was bent. I accepted the saw anyway as I was certain I could get parts quicker than another saw. Four of us got the saw off the truck and in several hours, I had it together. Except for the damaged items, the fit and finish is outstanding. One phone call to Powermatic got me the parts I needed in under 24 hours - their customer service is GREAT. The saw works beautifully. Of course I checked all critical adjustments, but everything was good right out of the box. There are 2 small problems. The arbor wrench supplied was punched out slightly too small and it wont fit most of what it is designed to fit. Secondly, the fence on the router table is of limited use. It cant be adjusted back from the bit far enough to do anymore than edge-forming work. An aftermarket fence will be necessary. Otherwise, this saw is everything it's touted to be. Just as important, Powermatic's customer service is fabulous.

5-0 out of 5 stars powermatic 5hp table saw
Saw arrived in 4 working days. I had Fed Ex deliver it inside my shop. The driver even helped uncrate it and put it on tne mobile base. Assembly hard work because every piece of the saw is heavy weight, however all holes lined up fit and finish excellent. Unlike my last saw this one is quiet and almost vibration free. I put off buying this saw because of pssible shipping problems, and having to return it. Every thing smooth as silk. Thanks Powermatic, Fed Ex, and Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Baaad Saw
I firmly believe this to be the finest 10" tablesaw on the market today. Not to say that it just hit the market today. I can remember using one just like it (with the exception of a 3hp motor instead of a 5hp) 29 years ago in my eighth grade industrial arts class.You can push 8/4 maple or hickory or oak or any other notoriously hard lumber through this saw just as fast as you want. You will not bog this saw down! When used with a sliding table such as the Excalibur EXSL T60, this machine is a dream come true. Repeatable accuracy to 1/64" and absolutely square cuts time after time. You will never regret buying this saw! ... Read more


7. Powermatic 1660812K Model 66 3 HP Table Saw with 50" Accu-Fence, Cabinet, and Rout-R-Lift
list price: $3,000.00
our price: $2,599.99
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Asin: B00005OQM9
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 12878
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 27-by27-inch cabinet for valuable storage
  • $292 in options free; dado insert, motor cover, extension table, and legs
  • 3 horsepower, 1 phase 230-volt
  • Award winning Powermatic/Accu-Fence System will significantly reduce your labor and wasted material
  • Rout-R-Lift with deluxe router fence system

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great machine, easy set-up (updated)
Ok, so I've been spoiled rotten. I used this saw in the shop at the university where I taught for several years, and when I moved, I had to buy one for myself. For a serious furniture maker like me, it's a great saw-- powerful, precise, heavy, and it turns out, easy to set up, if you have help. My husband and I put it together over the course of a day and a half, with very little disagreement or confusion. I suppose you could assemble it alone, but an extra pair of hands makes wrestling the hefty thing into place, alignments, and leveling a lot easier. There are five different instruction booklets and as many boxes and bags of hardware, but the directions, along with the pictures, are quite clear, and every nut and bolt is accounted for. This is the first time I've ever set up my own saw, and I really expected assembly to be far more difficult than it was.

The Rout-R-Lift is a worthwhile, space-saving addition, with clever, well-made hardware. The March/April 2002 issue of Fine Woodworking has a review of this router-table mechanism, along with some others, and they are quite complimentary about it as well.

I have only a few reservations about the whole package, all fairly minor. The first is that this tablesaw requires you to jam a piece of wood into the blade in order to loosen the arbor nut. It would be so much better if there was some other mechanism that didn't endanger the blade, your fingers, and the arbor nut. I hope Powermatic (now owned by Jet) will address this in subsequent models. I'm also not crazy about the splitter and blade guard, which seem clunky and distracting. I plan to replace them with a Biesemeier removable splitter, but I haven't decided what to do about the guard. Seems as if being able to keep an eye on the blade and your fingers' relationship to it might be the best kind of safety device, although I know there are others who would disagree. My second reservation is that the legs on the cabinet, while easily assembled and adjustable, are made of plastic, and only plastic! I think I might eventually replace them with something a little more substantial. They are set up rather strangely in the picture above, by the way. All the legs go on the cabinet, not right up against the tablesaw. If you want to put the entire thing on a mobile base, or set up the cabinet and router lift separate from the tablesaw, they have instructions for doing that as well. One other helpful thing about set-up that is mentioned in Ian Kirby's tablesaw book is that you should be sure to clean off the thick gunky grease that is slathered on the movable parts for shipping and storage (mineral spirits will take care of this) and replace it with some light machine oil, or the sawdust will collect in it and eventually bog the mechanism down.

I am thrilled to have this machine. It is expensive, but I expect to still be using it when I am an old lady, many years from now.

This is an update-- I've now had the chance to use this machine for several months. I still love it, but some of the things I thought were problems are not, and a couple others are that I hadn't really noticed before. Here goes... Plastic legs-- not a problem, I don't even notice them anymore. Blade changing? Also not a problem-- I got one of those plastic things you fit over it to protect the blade and it works fine. The router mechanism is great, very easy to set up, change bits, etc. The only problem I've had with it is that I don't yet have my dust collection system in place, and ALL the dust from the router ends up IN THE CABINET! Yuck. I think this will improve once I connect the dust collection, but in the meantime, the cabinet is virtually useless. The other problem is that on the Powermatic, anyway, you apparently cannot use a Biesemeyer splitter with a Forrest blade-- they bump into one another. NOT GOOD. Powermatic and these other 2 companies need to get together and relocate their connectors, and they would be a great team. The splitter was great, while it was on my machine with another blade, but I like the Forrest blade even better than the splitter. So guess which one is in use? ... Read more


8. Powermatic 1791101 Model 80 Oscillating Horizontal/Vertical Edge Sander
list price: $1,027.00
our price: $899.99
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Asin: B0000C6DYX
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 6015
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1-1/2hp motor
  • 4" Dust Port
  • 6"x80" belt
  • Quick Change Belt System

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not available until October
I just called Powermatic. This unit will not be available until the end of October, 2004. ... Read more


9. Powermatic 1791297 Model 209 20" Planer5HP 3Ph230V/460V (Prewired 230V)
list price: $1,999.00
our price: $1,821.99
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Asin: B0007DHHFQ
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: WMH Tool Group
Sales Rank: 11554
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Features

  • 5HP motor, 3Ph, 230/460V(Prewired 230V)
  • Oil bath gearbox
  • Integrated casters for mobility
  • Huge 55-1/2 inch by 20 inch work area

10. Powermatic 1791228K 64 Left Tilt with 50" Accu-Fence, Table, and Legs
list price: $1,300.00
our price: $999.99
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Asin: B00005OQM6
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 7229
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This saw lives up to Powermatic's reputation for ruggedconstruction and unrivaled performance. The cast-iron tabletop and itstwo wings are ground to a mirror-like finish with amazing accuracy inflatness. One thing we've always liked about Powermatic's saws is theleft-tilting arbor. Tilting the blade to the left--away from thefence--eliminates the need for a sacrificial fence and reduces the riskof the piece binding under the blade. The 50-inch Accu-Fence that comeswith this package is easy to use and as accurate as we could hope. Aninterior spring applies constant pressure when not locked down, whichtakes the slop out of fence movement, improving speed and accuracy. Italso has replaceable sides with easy-access screws. Users can adjustthe sides so close to the tabletop that laminates will not slipunderneath. Powermatic has also made it easier to align the fence railsparallel to the tabletop, making initial setup of this package thatmuch quicker. Another advantage is the longer bar of the T-slot mitergauge, which allows users to crosscut wider stock. The Powermatic 64 isa great choice for the home shop and contractors who need a stationarysaw. Shops that regularly produce cabinetry and other large projectswill want to consider a step up to one of Powermatic's 66 series saws.Overall, Powermatic table saws are top quality, and are built to thetightest tolerances in the industry. --Nancy Gleason ... Read more

Features

  • Left-tilting blade for easier beveling
  • Powerful 1-1/2-horsepower motor for smooth operation
  • 50-inch Accu-Fence system delivers accuracy
  • Precision-ground cast-iron table provides accurate surface
  • Two cast-iron wings support long material

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great saw for the money.
This saw will give you great cuts and accuracy for a modest price. The Accu-fence is very nice, better than any other standard fence. I did not appreciate it until I used a cheaper saw.... now I love it.

My saw arrived in a beat up box, but it was well protected. The assembly wasnt too bad, I agree that if you could put together a BBQ this should not be too much harder. the hardest part is squaring it all up if you have never done it.

It passed the nickel test barely and after some tuning it is very square. I added a Power Twist belt and now it is as smooth as a very expensive cabinet saw. Absolutely no vibration - it just hums. Sure, it works well without it, but thats like buyng a sports car and putting cheap tires on it.

Others have said how bad the stock blade is, but I still use it for rough work, save the expensive blades for finish work. Its always best to have a few blades to rotate through. I have it on a mobile base, but I never move it, instead choosing to move the other machines around it. my shop is very small, and the saw serves as the centerpiece.

I have it on a 20A circuit with other outlets, and it dims the lights so I would suggest a dedicated outlet or something with less on it. The powertwist belt helps in startup - it hasnt blown a circuit since I installed it.

1 1/2 HP is plenty to rip to the saw's max depth of 3" in most woods without bogging. I have only tried large pieces of fir, oak and cedar, nothing really hard. You just have to be careful on the rate of feed.

I agree that the miter stick sucks. I replaced that after about a month when I had to make my first miter cut. I have a great Porter Cable compund miter saw (LOVE it) so I do 99% of my cuts at 90 deg on the table saw. There are many aftermarket miter guages that are great. At least its a T-Slot in the saw.

I made an outfeed table that bolts on with the rear angle iron that the fence rides on. I looked at buying a table, but none of them were exactly the size I wanted, or had the right method of attachment. It wasnt hard to make.

I highly recommend Jim Tolpin's book "Table Saw Magic." It will give you plans for jigs that are indispensable, and show you basic and advanced techniques for using the saw.

I have slowly replaced all the fastners with high grade ones and used locktite so I can get everything snug without bending threads and it wont vibrate loose.

Make a zero clearance insert for your best blade. when you do your finish work you will notice the difference.

Overall this is a great saw, I have used it for everything from cabinetry to rough cutting lumber for framing my house. I consider it the high end contractor style saw, better than some cabinet saws. Whats the use of having a cabinet saw if the arbor isnt true and the fence sucks? The stock blade guard is easy to work around, and if you get in the habit from the begining of working with it, it will save you one day. The saw is heavy enough to take a large sheet without moving, and has enough HP to cut to its max depth.

Next upgrade?

Summary:
Worth the money, great saw.

Tips:
Buy a Power Twist Belt, cheap upgrade.
Buy good blades - keep them sharp and clean.
Use featherboards and push sticks and ALWAYS use the blade guard unless Dado-ing.
Make or buy an outfeed table.
Get Zero Clearance inserts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Table Saw
I've had mine for about a month now and I really love it. first and foremost the Accufence is SPECTACULAR. True cuts every time - zero fence movement. And you can adjust the guage as well as the mounting bar if you need to in order to get it 100% accurate. It really handles like a cabinet saw. Heres a quick rundown:

Vibration: Passed the nickel test with the standard drive belt. I replaced it anyway with a Powertwist and now I can lay 00 biscuits on the table while the saw is running and they don't move at all. Purrs like a kitten. Solid. BE WARNED THOUGH! Amazon does not sell the right size drive belt (found this out the hard way)! You need to order it directly from Fenner.

Power: Hasn't bogged down yet. I've put 12/4 hard maple through it and it chewed it up.

Assembly: Well, I got to do this chore twice. The original one I received had a broken trunion. So I had to disassemble it to ship it back and reassemble the new one. Its a chore, took me about 6 hours the first time, and 4 hours the second time. No helper needed at all.

Dust Collection: Mediocre, but it does the trick. It comes with a dust hood attachment, but the back of the saw is open, so some dust does get out

Stock Blade: Useless. Don't bother. Save it for cutting plastic for jigs or REALLY rough work.

Miter Attachment: I like it, despite what others have said. You can micro tune 45, 90, and 135 degree settings.

Splitter/Blade Guard: This is a tough one - I like it, but it is a real hassle to take on and off. Unlike the Unisaw's splitter which just slips out, this one has to be bolted in three places. Its a hassle, I will buy an after market splitter.

FYI - WD40 is a miracle worker to get the caked on grease off the table and extensions. Spray it on and let it sit for 10 minutes minimum. The stuff just wipes right off after that.

This is really a great saw for the long haul. And, even better, I did my homework and you won't find it cheaper anywhere else. Its a no brainer if you're serious about woodworking. A very easy FIVE STAR review.

3-0 out of 5 stars Missing/Damaged parts and extreme vibration
The cast iron extension wings were both warped (concave). The fence came without the hardware to attach it to the long wooden table. The fence came without the glider for the back rail, and the clear "cursor" through which you read the scale was busted.
When the saw is running there is a great deal of vibration in the motor and when it winds down the motor shakes badly.
I just requested replacement parts so we'll see how that goes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy customer
Wanted to post a review of this saw for everyone b/c reading these reviews helped me make up my decision and I'm glad I purchased this one from this company.

I bought locally. Don't like to buy large tools via mail. Looked at this saw side by side next to all the others jet / delta / powermatic / Ridgid ( at HOME DEPOT ). I chose the powermatic because of the fence and their reputation. Having an older craftsman I was quite frustrated with the fence mechanism locking out of parallel. This saw does not tout bells and whistles but is very well built.

Was my first saw built from scratch and it was a little more difficult than I had expected. I got stumped aligning motor, and adjusting the trunions. Also the 50 inch rails were slightly bent when I received them. I called powermatic 4 times while I was building the saw. They were very quick to get me to a tech ( less than 2 minutes on hold each call ). He gave me advice I needed, sent out new rails received within 4 days. ***** Actually glad I got a bent one. I can probably bend that piece back and I have a full set of rails to replace if I want to cut a shorter one in the future for space reason.. LOL ****** No questions asked. He also sent out a can of industrial PM yellow spray paint b/c I scratched the paint a little when assembling base. All FREE.

Pros
Powermatic service -- Best of 3 tool companies I own
Quality -- I have my saw within .001 tolerance aligned to mitre slots and fence. Also the wings and top are FLAT!!!!! I was worried bout this after reading a review or 2. Exceeded my expectations
Quiet -- the motor is very quiet
Smooth -- Passes nickel test starting and stopping.
Packaging -- all the bags were labeled as to what part they were for. I used suggestion in manual to put all the hardware in a bowl. Great idea.

Cons
Bent front mounting rail -- which they replaced with straight ones.
Packaging of one cast iron wing -- Read instructions before you take 2nd wing out of box. instruction manual tells you how to get it out. I ripped my mine out.. =)
Manual -- Was useful but had to think through a couple things. I have read all manuals have this flaw so I'm not gonna stink about it.

I was researching the tolerances for error on different tools at my local dealer. Apparently Delta allows twice the error amount as acceptable compared to Powermatic contractor saws. As a result my table and wings are so flat you can't see a speck of light under my straight edge. Quite happy

Read alot of bad press about their mitre guage. Mine is fine. Used it today and cut square and accurate. No slop.

I would recommend getting a dial indicator to set up the fence & get the blade parallel to the mitre slots. Mine were off slightly when it came out of the box but were easy to adjust. PM helped me with the trunions. Only took about 15 minutes.

STRONGLY recommend the 50 inch rails. I almost bought the 30 but let the dealer convince me I would use the longer rails if I had the space. Well, I couldn't think of what I would need it for but got them anyway. First week, used it to rip a 2 foot by 48 inch board in half to make me a tool storage unit. Very nice to have.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product for the Money but a few Complaints
Hello, first and foremost the Tool Crib offers the best service and shipping hands down, and best of all it saved sales tax and delivery from my local supplier. The only issue I had with delivery was that the outfeed side table came damaged 4 times, the laminate was chipped and cracked, I think it was poor packaging from Powermatic and Fed Ex didnt take great care dropping it on the coners. The Box had no corner braces or supports.

The last one got to me in one piece.

As I assembeld the table the front rail was off by 1/32, I called Powermatic and they said it could have been made a bit off on the jig, the next day I had a new rail, but in the meantime I notched the rail holes and got it perfect with my t square, I now have an extra rail and 4 side tables which I use for assembly work, yippe, even though room is running out.

The Blade Insert seemd a bit bent too, I tried to flatten it but i called again and they sent me two new ones with the front rail, it took me a day to assemble it and the next day to fine tune and level the unit so I was in no hurry plus I had no blade yet.

I hear complaints of the belt, i dont seem to find any.

The accufence is great, very accurate but you need featherboards otherwise it will go off on you.

I have not used the Mitter Attachemnts but will soon. I Dislike the Blade Splitter alot, yes it prevents kickbacks but no matter how many times I align it, it goes off, so when im ripping a piece of stock sometimes it gets caught and the blade binds my stock and causes a ruckus, It is a real pain to remove and adjust, I realy want to look into a good fix for this, never tried using the saw without one yet.

Another Issue, the steel extensions for some reason seem to get stained easily, I use WD40 and steel wool but for some reason with humidity I always have flash rust, why I dont know this bothers me as to why no protective coating. If I knew I would have powedercoated them clear sating before assembly which i may just do if I have time.

A neat suggestion would be a foot control On/Off switch when your working alone.

All in all this is my first tale saw I am satisfied but have the following comments that Im sure make this review worth looking into for first tiemb buyers and table saw users:

1.Tool Crib has the best price and Customer Service
2.Powermatic technical is great and service A+++++
3.I heard Jet was terrible with serive dont know how since they are the same company
4.I like the white Style of the Jet Better but it was out of stock but thats not a big deal to me.
5.Shipping Beware especialy the side feed table
6.Splitter Sucks and makes me nervous all the time, I need to find a solution to this, email me if you have one please
7.I may coat the extensions since flash rust and stains dont seem to let up, this is worth doing before assembly,Eastwood Co has a nice Diamond Clear that would work great.
I didnt do major Miter cuts since the splitter is such a problem I am holding off until I fix this

I wish I could use the saw to do more out of the box, but I think the major complaint is the splitter. ... Read more


11. Powermatic 1660806 Model 66 3 HP Single Phase Table Saw with 30" Accu-Fence and Router Lift

our price: $2,399.99
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Asin: B000059YQK
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 13508
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Features

  • Built-in dust collection port and convenient access to the inside of the saw cabinet
  • 3 hp, 1-phase, 230 volt motor
  • Exclusive 3VX belt drive distributes torque more efficiently and generates less heat while operating virtually vibration-free
  • Easy gliding, precision fence with a full 30" right hand and 12" left hand cutting capacity
  • Left tilting blade prevents the binding of stock between the blade and fence, reducing kickback

12. Powermatic 1270111 5 Horsepower 1-Phase 1-1/4" Spindle
list price: $3,284.00
our price: $2,799.99
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Asin: B0000225RZ
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 26385
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Precision fine-tune adjustment is easily accomplished and locked into position with "quick-lock" handles
  • Spindle assembly is mounted to table bottom
  • Work piece hold-downs are fully adjustable
  • Spindle is mounted in heavy-duty precision ball bearings
  • Removable inserts make the use of any cutter safer via undercutting (raised panel cuts)

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost a great product
As earlier stated by Alan, the spindle opening had a burr that had to be removed before stock could be shaped, especially with a power feeder. The wood fence attachments need more than two holes bored in them to be able to properly adjust them to all size shaper cutters. The documentation was not up to par. If you spend close to $2,500 for a machine, the documentation should be first rate. For example, I couldn't find any specifications that showed how much of an increment the adjustable fence moves with one revolution (1/32"), nor could I find that information on the height adjustment. Finally, I'm disappointed with the shaper plate. The largest plate has a lip that holds the next smaller plate, and there is no way to use that large plate with a 4" cutter, especially the larger cope and stick cutters. You wind up having to take the ring out completely, or fashion one of your own. Having said all of this, I would still buy this machine. If you have enough confidence to tackle the minor inconveniences mentioned in this and other reviews, I don't think you can find a more solid machine.

4-0 out of 5 stars The pros and cons
First the cons: ... The fence is fastened to the table duringshipping and the paint was obviously wet when it was shipped as therewas a fair amount of dried paint on the table in the shape of the fence outline. The table also had a slight burr around the spindle opening that had to be removed before wood would slide easily across it. It takes 4 srews/nuts to hold the wooden fence to the metal part - they sent one. No hex key wrenches were included although you need several to adjust the fence. The manual content and orginizaion was so-so. Also, a miter guage would have been nice.

The Pros: once the above problems were corrected and the belt adjusted properly, the machine worked like a charm. The 5 hp motor muscles through cuts with ease and the dust collection works quite well. There is virtually no vibration and it runs more quiter than I'd expected. If you don't mind doing some of the finish work on the tool, it's a nice piece of equipment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Industrial strength
I purchased this not on-line. It is a very good unit and has performed to every expectation I had. Just remember to get a power feed for most work and the fence is tricky to setup the first time.

However I like it much better than the other units because the quality of cut requires no finish sanding and this machine can cut all day long. ... Read more


13. Powermatic 1791264K Model 719T Tilt Table Mortiser with Stand
list price: $969.00
our price: $899.99
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Asin: B00064NGTW
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: WMH Tool Group
Sales Rank: 4990
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Features

  • Gas cylinder controlled rack and pinion head raising and lowering system for smooth operation
  • Sturdy cast iron construction for optimal stability and durability
  • Quick position table mounted swiveling vise clamp for angled work pieces
  • Feed lever features six positions for quick adjustments
  • Table and fence tilt from 0 to 35 degrees for a wide variety of applications

14. Powermatic 1660750K Model 66 5 Horsepower 3-Phase Table Saw with 50" Fence
list price: $2,555.00
our price: $2,299.99
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Asin: B0000225QQ
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 4737
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Built-in dust collection port and convenient access to the inside of the saw cabinet
  • 5 hp, 3-phase, 209/230 volt motor
  • Heaviest cast iron trunnion of any 10 inch saw on the market; reduces vibration for smoother cuts
  • Easy gliding, precision fence with a full 50" right hand and 12" left hand cutting capacity
  • Left tilting blade prevents the binding of stock between the blade and fence, reducing kickback

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars How have I lived without this?
Excellent Table saw. Easy to set up, clear instructions. Extremely heavy though, but, I like that, no vibration (you will need a few helpers). The rip guide took a couple of times to align properly, but, not a problem. Built to last. This saw has ripped everything I have thrown at it and doesn't slow down. Clearly built with quality in mind. Have used the Delta and Craftsman line of table saws- they don't even compare. I have the 3-phase 5 HP version. Only drawback was have to install a three phase converter, which wasn't cheap. I am thrilled with this saw and will never buy another one (may never need to, don't think this one will breakdown). If you are trying to decide on a saw, choose this one, you won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Saw!!
My 5hp Powermatic 66 was built in 1988 and is still running like new. I probably could have gotten by with the 3hp model, but I definately have no complaints about this saw. I also own a Powermatic model 60 8" Jointer that was built in 1960. If the quality of that machine is any indication, I will never need to replace this table saw!

1-0 out of 5 stars Unsafe power switch on Powermatic Model 66
WARNING!!!! The switch on this unit can be turned on by pressing against it with a nail belt or a pair of Carhart Carpenter Overalls. I saw this happen to a 40 year Master Craftsmen. The older machines had a much safer switch. Be sure to unplug the unit when changing any saw blade. The saw itself is an excellent table saw and is the top of the line for heavy duty table saws. POWERMATIC NEEDS TO INSTALL A SAFER ON & OFF SWITCH Jim

5-0 out of 5 stars Powermatic cabinet saw - 5hp
Oh man..., what a saw! So smooth, stable and powerful! I ripped about 40bf of 10/4 maple this morning on this thing, no problem! This thing is noticeably smoother than even the old standby unisaw. Nice... ... Read more


15. Powermatic 1791291K Model 31A Belt/Disc Sander
list price: $1,241.00
our price: $1,049.99
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Asin: B00006S7CN
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 4417
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

The Powermatic 1791291K Model 3A belt/disc sander is a versatile woodworking--and metalworking--machine. The belt unit features tool-free belt positioning, with locks at 0, 45 and 90 degrees. The patented articulating table angles downward from 0-45 degrees and can handle both horizontal and vertical work. It is also effective for compound angle sanding and edge work and doubles as a backstop fence for backstop work. On the disc sanding side, a precision-balanced 12-inch disc and large tilt-table surface provide accurate angle and pattern work. The table angles from +15 to -45 degrees with a miter slot. Both tables are made from precision-ground cast iron and can accommodate a full range of angles. The belt/disc sander provides fast and accurate belt tension and tracking controls. The cast iron platen and solid crowned aluminum drums resist heat build-up and help ensure steady belt tracking, while a removable top guard allows for contour sanding. The belt/disc sander itself is constructed of rugged cast iron, too. This helps reduce vibration and makes the machine well-suited for both metal and woodworking use. A single, internally connected, four-inch dust collection port keeps everything clean and makes it easy to hook the belt/disc sander into your shop's dust collection system.--Carl Thress ... Read more

Features

  • Table for belt head tilts 0-45 degrees downward with miter gauge slot and is adjustable for various angles
  • Heavy, cast-iron construction and fully enclosed stand minimize vibration
  • Powerful, 1-1/2HP motor can tackle any sanding task
  • 12-inch balanced disc with table tilt
  • Multi-position belt head with indexing pin and head lock allows for tool-free belt position changes

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Tool but you need a dust collector
Our shop purchased this tool about 18 months ago. It is well made and has been a great addition to our inventory. It is one of those tools that once it has been in your shop for a while you can't remember how you ever got by without it. If you are going to buy this tool I recommend that you get a dust collector. Sanding with this tool produces large amounts of very fine dust that will cover everything in your shop. The sander is only second to our table saw in dust production. A bargain for the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very nice, well made machine!!
I bought my machine from a local merchant and I am very impressed. Fit and finish are excellent, the sander is heavy and there is almost no vibration. The tables are cast iron and their mounting is rock solid, the belt table can be easily removed or positioned parallel to the belt for many different applications. The dust collection works extremely well also but Powermatic recommends a dust collector with at least 400 cfm. Fortunately mine is much bigger than that. I also like the capability to sand metal with the machine. The machine sands extremely well, smooth and there is no lack of power. The belt tracks well (after a little fussing at first). ... I think this is a good machine and I am sad to hear that Powermatic is difficult to deal with. I have other Powermatic machines and so far they have all worked very well. ... The Powermatic is heavier, has larger tables ... I would definitely buy this machine again!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Form over Fuction - The Powematic 31A Belt/Disc Sander
The Powermatic 31A Belt/Disc sander makes an impressive addition to any shop that already has a working machine. The unit is sturdy and good looking. The two heavy tables are esily adjusted and the T-miter slots were a nice surprise. It even comes with a small gauge, belt and disc. The belt moves smooth and easily when propelled by hand, and the disc appears true. The belt tension mechanism is quick and accessible. Despite being in the shop for over a month, an assessment of finishing quality has yet to be made. Upon initial start-up, noise and vibration were excessive. The motor overheated, tripping 20 amp breaker. Confirmed the motor was factory wired for 115V. The motor subsequently fails to wind up and cannot drive the belt/disc shaft.
Powermatic was contacted about the defective motor. The Customer Service Representative was polite, but advised that it was Amazon.com's problem, warranted or not. Amazon.com has made a good faith effort to provide a functioning tool. But a new motor was incompatible with the tool power drive and new drive component, likewise, incompatible with said motor. Offered to return everything. Still waiting for instruction on return, repairing original motor or obtaining correct drive components for new motor that will not void warantee. The good folk at Amazon.com appear ill equipped to deal with Powermatic, and Powermatic doesn't want to deal with end user.
Summary: Nice looking tool, doesn't work. Buy a Delta from different source. ... Read more


16. Powermatic 1791271K Model 64 10" Table Saw with 50" Accu-Fence, Legs, and Router Lift
list price: $1,560.00
our price: $1,249.99
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Asin: B000054095
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 13685
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • One-year warranty
  • Precision ground cast iron table has a beveled edge to help eliminate damage to work material
  • Accu-Fence System ensures accuracy and is available with 30" or 50" to the right cutting capacity
  • Exclusive 3VX belt drive is more efficient and has less vibration
  • 27-by-36-inch cast-iron table with Rout-R-Lift Hole

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
This saw is a perfect fit for most shop enthusiasts. If you are planning on building a lot of furniture out of hard woods and cutting thick stock, I would probably upgrade to a saw with a bigger motor. For my purpose the saw has been excellent. I received it within three weeks of ordering the saw. It was a little intimidating seeing all the boxes that it came in. However, after about five hours with my dad, we had the saw put together and fine tuned. I was amazed at how precise the saw started. We made a few adjustments to get things square, which was surprisingly easy. It was very helpful having a second person help put the saw together. I would probably purchase a mobile base with the saw as it is in excess of 400 pounds and will not move very easily.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor save your money
I purchased this saw assuming that being a Powermatic it would be good quality and well made.The table is ground so poorly the out of flatness is measurable with tape measure.The rails that the fence rides on are bowed 3/16 and 1/8 inch new ones are supposedly on the way.Lots of the hardware was missing.Large burrs and poor machining on all theoretically flat surfaces.
Calls to the tech line have resulted in inconsistent specs on how flat the
table should be with specs varying from .015 "(no chance its that flat) to
.036"that is slightly more than1/32"and yes it is at least that warped.Grizzly and Woodtech can hold tighter tolerances according to the magazines.I strongly recomend against this product.Wish I had saved 4 or 5 hundred bucks and purchased someone elses table saw kit.
The router lift is awesomely well made and works perfecly Jessem and their tech line I rate very highly

5-0 out of 5 stars Your First and Last Table Saw
When I started looking for a table saw, I was like most people...confused. With all the different choices on the market coupled with the fear of not buying enough table saw or buying too much table saw, I had a challenging problem to work out.

After speaking with reviewing many woodworking sources (shop owners, magazines, friends), I finally purchased this Powermatic Table Saw. Powermatic (now owned by Jet Power Tools) is one of the best table saw manufactures hands down. They take time developing and engineering their machinery to perform ideal for any situation and last you for the long haul.

This might be an expensive toy, but if you are going to spend the money on the right tool, spend it on this one. The saw overall is first-rate. The blade height adjustment and angle stops are exact and reliable. The fence system is dependable. It is steady and accurate. This fence system comes with a 50" extension table to help support large sheets of plywood and other large cuts. The router lift is reliable, precise and easy to use. Finally, if you have "little ones" running around, your wife will be happy to know it comes with a lock on the power switch.

Suggestions: Take your time putting it together. It is a fantastic saw and you will appreciate it more when you make it as precise as possible. The factory does a great job with all measurements and pre-assembly work. YOUR ARE NOT GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS SAW. IT MIGHT BE OVERKILL INITIALLY, BUT THIS SAW WILL GROW WITH YOU. ... Read more


17. Powermatic 2042377 Mobile Base

our price: $123.49
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Asin: B00065LJ22
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Tool Crib
Sales Rank: 11141
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18. Powermatic 1791254 24" x 42" Wood Turning Lathe

our price: $3,999.99
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Asin: B0002ZHWDQ
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 23879
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19. Powermatic 1791220K Model 64S Table Saw with 30" MicroGlide Fence
list price: $743.00
our price: $649.99
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Asin: B0000C6DYS
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Powermatic
Sales Rank: 8552
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Features

  • T-slot mitre gauge with stops permits wider cross cutting
  • Quick-connect power cord reduces assembly time
  • Exclusive 3VX belt drive is more efficient and has less vibration
  • Manual push-button power switch with removable safety key
  • 30-inch MicroGlide System ensures cutting accuracy

20. Powermatic 2042377 Mobile Base for Model PWBS14 Band Saw
list price: $169.99
our price: $111.99
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Asin: B0007DHHTW
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: WMH Tool Group
Sales Rank: 5246
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Features

  • Heavy-duty steel tubular frame
  • Non-marking wheels that lock

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