The Powermatic is dead on out of the box. That's when I realized that I needed a better saw. Came with a free roller base as part of an upgrade promotion. It doesn't slow down under very heavy loads. It has done very well and I am pleased with my purchase!
Push button arbor lock (patent pending) for rapid blade change
Poly-V drive belt system delivers efficient, quiet operation
Wide stance heavy-duty trunnion for stability and smooth blade positioning
Adjustable angle indicators (patent pending) on the blade bevel scale for repeatable bevel cuts
Editor's Impressions Of The Powermatic PM3
Tool Motor Power
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Powermatic PM3 Final Thoughts
It was really nice as well and hard to say which is better. It's durable plastic, but still plastic. Miter gauge has definitely been updated. I love having 52 inches of capacity. It pretty much laughed at anything I threw at it.