Both are good saws, the 66 is legendary. The 2000 has more convenience and
safety features. For a hobby or at home use I seriously doubt that you will
ever benefit more from the robust build of the 66 over the 2000. If the saw
is run all day long every day for years on end the 66 would probably out
last the 2000.
I'd go the 2000.
Sorry to toss in other stuff, but... Your two picks and the extra two
I'm about to mention all cut wood to identical accuracy.
I would (and did) choose a Canadian-built General 650 over an imported
PM66, if I were buying new. I closely fingered, and brutally stewed
for months over both saws before I made the decision. One of the
things I liked about the General is how the factory assembles and
shims the wings. Both saws are super beefy, but the 650 is still
built in Quebec to a very high standard. Even though I'm not
Canadian, I like those big Maple Leaf stickers on my saw. <G>
I don't think you hear much about General, because apparently they
only recently realized that a hobby market existed and therefore
didn't advertise much. <G> These folks are not the same General who
make cheap steel rulers and plastic dial calipers.
Buying used, in identical condition, I'd probably take an old PM66
over an old 650, but it might be a coin toss or depend on minute
If features were my aim, I'd pick a Sawstop over a PM2000.
In fact, I might even choose the Sawstop over my 650 or PM66, if I
were buying today, now that I've touched several examples of the
Sawstop. Several local dealers carry the Sawstop, and it's a very
nicely made tool that cuts just as accurately as the saws mentioned
above, except flesh. <G>
There are also days that I consider selling my 650 and buying a
Sawstop. Oddly enough, if I were buying again, I might even go
right-tilt, as I do far more dadoing and rabbetting than wide bevel
ripping. Only once in the last five years have I bevel ripped
something wide enough that would not have fit on the left side of the
Good luck, I don't think any of them will be a wrong choice. It may
even come down to which one your favorite local guy carries.
On Sat, 22 Dec 2007 08:23:43 -0500, "Bonehenge (B A R R Y)"
My PM66 was built in the USA. In fact, it was built in McMinnville,
TN, the state where I live. Sadly, that plant has changed over the
years. Today, I'm not sure where PM66s are built. The General 650
is a very fine machine too.
We thought about east TN, but those beautiful mountains cause more swings in
the weather... I'm born in Miami and snow is new to me. There's less snow
and ice on the SW corner (or so we're told.)
I've got the 66 and I love it. If someone was just giving away a
2000, I'd take it, it's got a lot of good features, but not enough to
make me spend the money to replace my 66. You'll never regret either
saw though, it comes down to money and personal preference.
I think it is a pretty hard decision now to not buy the Sawstop. They
are fine saws and what is a finger worth? I'd pay that difference to
get back the 3/16" bevel I trimmed off of my left pointing finger on a
RAS... although it is pointier now.
One dealer I spoke with recently commented how the Sawstop rep told
him about the tail of two high schools, one of which balked at the
extra cost of a Sawstop and the poor kid who now lives without those
few fingers. It can and does happen to anyone. In fact, more and
continuing experience just equals more exposure to the risk.
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