I've been looking into replacing my table saw and this model seems
like it may fit my budget.
Powermatic 64A Stock no: 1791220K
The one with the open base & 30" fence.
Usually seen in their ads for $649.
I like the cast iron table, but, haven't heard much about their
I believe a rep will be at a local WW store in a few weeks and plan on
What other mfgs saws in this price range compare favorably?
I've had a PM 64 for several years now. Came out of the box well alligned.
The fence is a Beisemeir (sp?) type and is very solid. The Blade was
nothing to brag about, so I put a Forrest WWII on it. I don't cut a lot of
heavy hardwoods, so the saw has plenty of power for my needs.
I have had 64 for many years with theVega fence. It's a really good saw.
Strong motor, accurate fence. I did change to to the flexible belt and
balanced pully, which was a nice addition. I am now considering selling
it only because I would like to go to a cabinet saw, specifically a
Unisaw. Not sure what kind of pricetag to put on it. I'm in the St.
Louis metro area if anyone is interested.
I have this saw with the 50" fence. The accufence is solid and you can
replace the sides with other materials when appropriate. Overall, I've been
very happy with the saw, but there is one nit that may or may not bother
you. I've been looking for an aftermarket splitter. This is apparently the
ONE saw that nobody makes one for. The Bies rep at a show assured me they
would be doing the PM-64A next. That was in August, and they haven't
returned my recent emails. So, what you see is what you get. Still, you've
gotta love that polished iron table.
I have had a Powermatic 64A for about 7 years. I made a bad mistake buying
that thing. It vibrates terribly, adjustment points are inaccessable, dust
collector hood is ineffective, blade guard is a cluge, assembly required
the rat-tail file to move bolt holes.....I think you have the picture. I
bought it thinking it was a "real" Powermatic....big Made In USA label on
the fence. Turns out the fence was made in USA and the rest was cobbled
together in some backwater.
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