The first thing to mention about the Powermatic after you’ve taken that elevated price tag on board is the weight. At a whopping 435 pounds, this is no lightweight for the casual hobbyist. Measuring up at 120 x 86 inches, the design might be space-saving, but you’ll still need plenty of space to house this beast.
Once you’ve got yourself unboxed and your Powermatic is in place, you’ll see that everything about this panel saw reeks of quality.
Kicking off with the highly capable powerplant, the drive motor develops 3 horsepower and is specifically designed to shoulder heavy loads under challenging conditions. The weight of this potent motor is neatly supported on a sturdy one-piece steel carriage.
Although this is an undeniably bulky unit at over 400 pounds and 120 x 86 inches, you’ll get casters so you can move it around when you need to. If you need additional stability for bigger jobs, there’s a fully adjustable leg assembly to help you out.
With any panel saw, you’ll end up with a serious dust issue if you haven’t got the proper precautions in place. Powermatic takes care of everything so you can enjoy a safe and debris-free workplace. Firstly, you can hook up this saw to a regular 4-inch collection port. There’s some extra dust collection built into the base of the machine. This takes care of the dust kicked up while the nylon brush means there’s less created in the first place.
The saw head sits on top of a base you can rotate. This lets you spin the power head through 90 degrees if you need to rip cut and cross cut at the same time.
As far as those all-important stats go, there’s no boundary to the maximum rip cut you can make with the Powermatic while you’ll be able to cross cut up to an impressive 50 inches. You’ll be able to work with materials up to 1-¾ inches thick.
One of the key selling points of this panel saw is the fact you’ll be able to work with unerring accuracy not just incredible pace. Obviously not a piece of kit for beginners, skilled woodworkers will bring out the best in this saw with very little effort.
Although this is a massive unit, it comes all enclosed in a single crate streamlining delivery for you.
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