Small-Shop Powermatic Table Saw

As enclosed cabinet saws go, the PM1000 is very compact – about the size of a contractor’s saw, though with a much more solid build. There are two versions of the saw; this one weighs about 350 pounds and can rip 30” to the right of the blade

This is the larger version of the saw; it has a wide extension table and can rip up to 52” to the right of the blade.

There are a few things of note in this photo. To turn the motor on, push the button in the middle of the donut-shaped switch. Turning it off is a matter of pressing the red part of the switch, which in a pinch can easily be done with a hip, leg, or knee. The yellow piece above the “donut” is a safety that can be removed to prevent unauthorized use of the machine. Note the heavy steel hand wheels and the 115-volt plug on the end of the cord. If 230-volt power is available the saw can be converted to that voltage by switching some jumpers inside the motor and changing the cord.

The saw has a modular guard similar to the ones found on portable models. The guard, pawls, and splitter can be removed and installed without tools. The manufacturer refers to the splitter as a riving knife – and while it performs the same function is not the same thing because it can’t be lowered for non-thru cuts.

This should give you a sense of how compact the saw is. The gal in the photo is Kimberly Winkle, a renowned furniture designer who teaches at Tennessee Tech University and did a promotional video for Powermatic.

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