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What Real People Are Saying About The Powermatic PM1000

Saw great! Seller Awesome!! Powermatic customer service.....stinks
  • Joe - March 19, 2017

So let's talk about this saw.

First, I did a ton of research on this saw along with a few others and came to the decision to buy this one. That decision was made due to the fact that I own two other Powermatic machines and I found that their build quality was impeccable. I wanted the PM2000 however, it was just outside my budget and I wanted the slightly smaller footprint since I have a garage shop.

I purchased this saw from a 3rd party seller on Amazon and found their customer service to be great. When I first placed the order, I received an email from them stating that the rail kit was on back order until April. They asked if I still wanted to go through with the order and I decided to go a head. I realized that I would have to wait a month or two in order to put the saw together however, I was ok with that since this was the saw I really wanted. Also, since the part was on back order from the distributer, I would likely run into the same problem with any other seller. So I made the order and about 10 days later, I received the saw body, extension wings and the fence. I was able to put some of the saw together to include the two cast iron extension wings that mount to the main body. While unboxing, I realized that the wings had some serious paint issues (see pictures). When I saw the paint problems, I quickly realized that this was not just a scratch, it was an issue with the paint adhering to the metal. It was obvious that the parts were not properly prepared and primed. I contacted Powermatic directly and received a shocking response. They told me that they would send me a can of spray paint! Even after showing them the pictures and insisting that they send me two new properly painted wings, they said that they could only send me the paint. At this point, I told them that I would be returning the saw.

So, I contacted the seller and told them the problem. They were awesome! They quickly contacted Powermatic and was able to resolve the problem. I had two new wings within a week. The new ones were properly painted and in brand new condition. Several weeks later, I received the rail kit and was able to fully assemble the saw (see picture).

Now, lets talk about how this bad boy worked. Simply put, it's awesome. And as far as quality of cut and functionality, it's everything I thought it would be. If you are in the market for a quality table saw with a smaller footprint and runs on 115v, this is the saw for you. I put a Forrest Woodworker II in it and it cuts like a dream. I've run plywood with almost no chipout, 4/4 maple like butter and even cuts 10/4 hardwoods without bogging down at all. I'm going to have it rewired as soon as I get a 240 outlet installed. Just be prepared to possibly deal with Powermatic customer service issues. They are pathetic!

I'm sure that some of you reading this are wondering why I didn't just return the saw and buy another brand. The only thing I can say is that since I knew I wanted this saw, I was willing to put up with the BS in order to get what I wanted. I hope this helps others making their decision to buy this saw or any other Powermatic machine.

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Runs like a 3hp saw
  • WRG - March 8, 2018

I did a lot of research on this item prior to ordering. It had a lot of good reviews, but I was worried it would be underpowered being "only" 1.75hp. Well, apparently nobody told the PM1000 that it's only 1.75hp. This saw is awesome. It cuts through anything I can throw at it, and doesn't miss a beat. Oak, maple, even had to cut some soaking wet Ponderosa pine. No problem. I would highly recommend this saw to anyone.

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Super Well Built Saw

Got the same a few weeks after ordering it. Saw seems to be VERY stout and well-made. Haven't fired it up yet, because parts are missing and there was some damage to the table-top. Instructions seem fairly clear. You may have to go looking for the parts; I found some in a bag inside the cabinet, others inside other boxes, etc. The instructions don't say where to find parts, so it's on you to locate them (and in my case, to determine that some are missing). Missing parts aren't the manufacturer's fault (I'm guessing), nor is the damage, but likely the freight company and/or packaging company. Parts of the saw were very well protected from damage. Other parts--that you'd think would be better protected--were not. It wasn't surprising to me to find that some parts were damaged and missing. I'm going to reach out to the manufacturer and shipping company to find out what I need to do to get the missing parts and hopefully be compensated for the damaged table-top and scratched fence. Excited to use this bad-boy.

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Terrific table saw for a larger home shop

I upgraded from a Porter Cable contractor's saw to the PM1000 for increased power, extra table width, dust collection and the sturdy fence. I trust Powermatic as a quality tool manufacturer. This is my 4th Powermatic machine. I did a ton of research on cabinet saws and knew I did not want to convert to 220 volts, so I stuck with an option that works with a typical home wiring configuration.

The PM1000 came in several boxes. One large box on bolted to a wood pallet which contained the main saw body and central portion of the table top. This was fairly heavy. I gave my delivery men a nice tip for bringing this piece down to my basement for me. The main box also contained the blade guard, riving knives, anti-kickback device, push stick and miscellaneous nuts and bolts. The second box contained the two long pieces of angle iron and steel tube for the fence guide. It was long and a little on the heavy side, but easily carried by one person. The two cast iron table wings which attach to both sides of the main table came in separate boxes as well. Each of which probably weighed about 25-35 lbs. The wood extension table, which attaches to the right side of the right table wing, came in another box which was not very difficult to carry. The wood extension table legs came in another box. The fence came in the last box.

Note: There is no saw blade included, but this is probably not a concern for most people buying this saw.

All told, there were seven boxes, which made bringing the PM1000 into my basement a much easier task than I imagined.
Assembling the PM1000 was easily completed by myself in about 3 hours. leveling the tables and aligning the rails and fence takes the most amount of time as you want to make sure it is perfectly setup on day one.

I turned the saw on for the first time and ripped some 1" thick walnut and it cut through it like butter. The belts did not need to be adjusted, which, based on my research is commonplace. I also cross-cut the same walnut and it performed perfectly. The fence is really heavy duty and clamps down very tightly. The amount of clamping force can also be adjusted to your liking. I have to make some circuitry changes in my house to run the saw and the dust collector at the same time, so I cannot comment on how well the dust collection functions at this point.

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Fantastic saw

This is my dream saw for my two car garage shop. Now understand that i did comment one side for tools n stuff, i don't know about the mobility of this breast. Large, flat, cast iron top, smooth blade adjustments, and she hums when spun up.

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2. Grizzly G0605X1 Table Saw

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The Powermatic PM1000 was really our number one Belt Driven Saws. That doesn't mean there aren't a few other really great alternatives when it comes to Belt Driven Saws. We have them for you here.

Next on our list is built by Grizzly which is a very respectable tool brand. Grizzly's Table Saws are also top quality. I was eager to have a go at the model G0605X1 and I was not disappointed!

The model G0605X1 Table Saw by Grizzly, at $2904.59 is a particularly excellent Saw for the price. If you not sure about our top pick, I'd check out the Grizzly G0605X1 next. It's a top quality tool at a great price.

Full Grizzly G0605X1 Review

Grizzly G0605X1 Features

Motor: 5 HP, 220V, single-phase; Amps: 18; Arbor speed: 3600RPM; Arbor size: 1";

Blade tilt Left; Table height from floor: 35-3/4"; Table size with extension 30-3/4" x 78-3/4"; Maximum dado width; 3/4"; Maximum depth of cut @ 90°: 4"; Maximum depth cut @ 45°: 2-3/4"; Maximum rip capacity: 52"

Distance from front of table to blade at maximum cut: 11-1/2"; Distance from front of table to center of blade: 17-1/4"; Overall dimensions: 75" W x 44" D x 42-1/2" H

Precision ground cast iron table; Cast iron trunnions; 3/8" x 3/4" T-slots & miter gauge; 4" dust port; Smooth and quiet serpentine belt power transfer; Steel cabinet; Hinged motor cover

Right hand and rear extension tables; Magnetic switch with thermal overload protection; Digital readout for bevel angle; Quick change between riving knife and splitter guard and Includes 12" blade

The Jet JTAS-10XL30-1DX and the Jet JTAS-1050XL-1DX are well worth looking into also. Both tool brands are famous for their high quality Saws. Both these tools are highly rated also. Customers awarded the JTAS-10XL30-1DX an rating on average of 4.6/5 stars. You can liken that to the Jet JTAS-1050XL-1DX which boasts an average rating of 4.9/5 stars.

The JTAS-10XL30-1DX by Jet has a couple of features you wont find on competing Table Saws. For example Quick release riving knife greatly reduces binding/kickback risk. The JTAS-1050XL-1DX by Jet however, is tough to beat featuring Quick release riving knife greatly reduces binding or kickback risk plus Push button arbor lock for rapid blade change.

I wouldn't hesitate to endorse either of these Belt Driven Saws

Honorable Mentions

If you are thinking that the Belt Driven Saws above don't do it for you, we rated a few alternative options that might offer a better fit. We identified a number of superb Saws during our review. The Saws we graded above are our favorites. Read on however. We rated several more great Belt Driven Saws.