Thinking about getting one of the new style Powermatic Model 2000 table
saws, I would like any feedback that you guys may have. Seems like
Powermatic took a close look at the Laguna table saws and used some of
their ideas such as dust collection at the blade, a riving knife that
raises and lowers with the blade,larger throat plate and a single flat
poly drive belt and built in mobility wheels,
IIRC the PM 66 had the dust collection at the blade and certainly had "2"
wide drive belts on the 66. My local dealer had a 2000 saw and gave me a
quick demonstration of its features. The riving knife and blade guard come
off and go back on quickly and with out tools. I was impressed by the built
in mobility. The 2000 is also quite heavy compared to its competition. If
I were replacing my cabinet saw it would be a toss up between the SawStop,
PM 2000 and the Laguna. IMHO the Laguna has many nice features not found on
I think the Laguna is in a different league and price range - sitting there
with commercial grade rigs that are meaningful for a commercial cabinet
shop, especially after you invest in the sliding table and the shop real
estate in which to fit it. I don't get the gaga over the built in wheels on
the PM 2000. They only support the saw itself and take forever to raise and
lower. What about a long extension table? I think the rig on your table saw
is much more useful.
I just bought the current June issue of FWW (sharpening article on the cover).
The PM2000 and the new SawStop 31230 both made "best over all". This
article compares 13 current models. I didn't read it all because I'm not buying
one, living in an apartment.
Alex - who is learning woodworking
: Seeker wrote:
:> Thinking about getting one of the new style Powermatic Model 2000 :> table saws, I would like any feedback that you guys may have. Seems like :> Powermatic took a close look at the Laguna table saws and used some of :> their ideas such as dust collection at the blade, a riving knife that :> raises and lowers with the blade,larger throat plate and a single flat :> poly drive belt and built in mobility wheels,
: Why? when you can buy a perfectly good vintage delta table saw for a
: third of the price. Not to mention the value of the art deco off/on switch.
And besacktly where are such saws offered for such?
-- Andy Barss
They *can*- but I never was able to get one from a web search or the
paper. The only decent secondhand stuff I've been able to get in on
was from networking- when someone I know is upgrading, or when I spot
the corner of something potentially spiffy poking out from under a
tarp in the back of a warehouse or garage. Sometimes it pays to ask,
a lot of big tools are just sitting idle because nobody wants to go to
the trouble of moving them.
Once good stuff hits the wider world, it seems there's always somebody
waiting to pounce on it- and they're usually quicker to get it than I
Where we live on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi including Al, LA, Vintage
anything is a rare find and i mean rare. Fine woodworking machinery is
almost unheard of here, fishing boats and guns on the other hand are
This is so true . . . people that do not live here can not imagine how
narrow the interest are here . . . . I'll bet no where else in the country
do they have drive thru daiquiri shops . . . beer is served at ALL public
functions . . . graduations, craft shows, parades, company picnics . . .etc
When you "axe" your co-workers about there up-coming weekend plans it always
includes getting "drunk" . . .
*Going fishing and getting drunk.
*Going hunting and getting drunk.
*Going to the game, tailgating and getting drunk.
*Going play golf and getting drunk.
Some are not so active . . . and they just start getting drunk early on
Friday and sober up enough to do the Sunday afternoon bar-b-q and get drunk
again. (My next door neighbor)
As to quality considerations involved in purchases for anything other than
boats or guns . . . "GOODA - ENUF" is the best description . . .
Steve in Louisiana . . . .
Vintage delta had real horsepower.
Let me put it this way, I've used new delta and old delta. New
powermatic and old powermatic. The old holds it's own just fine. But
hey, don't just take my word for it. Find an old saw to run.
Just ordered the PM2000 from Amazon.com with 10% off plus free shipping
for a total cost of 1979.00 and the 6 wk lead time will be OK. The
Laguna was $2900.00 to the house. Will use the extra savings to pipe in
the new Grizzly 2HP cyclone D/C. Now If I could just get my new shop
finished in time.
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