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    Bandsaaw question

    I have found a Powermatic BS. http://evansville.craigslist.org/tls/1421083698.html

    Does this look like a good deal. I talked to the guy and he won't come off the price any. He did say it has a 3/4 hp dayton motor, not 1/2 hp. He bought it in the 80's.

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    Way to much IMHO. I wouldn't pay more than $150 for that saw for 2 big reasons - underpowered and limited resaw capability (no riser block option).

    But keep looking, it takes a while on Craigslist.

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    Agree with Dan. It is very old and underpowered. For that money you can buy several good brands new.
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    I think it's a great saw - lots of cast iron and lots of weight. That should yield some pretty smooth cuts. 3/4hp is plenty for that size saw since you can't bump up the resaw capacity. If it could take a riser, I would want a full 1hp. My Jet 14" has a 3/4hp and it's never bogged down once - even on the 6" thick Ipe I've sent through it. It's all in the blade, there.

    I think it's a terrible price. I think $150 is a fair price for that machine in the condition it's in. $100 would be gloat-worthy.

    If the guy won't budge, wait it out - he'll be holding onto that saw for awhile. He'll budge eventually.
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    Thanks for the replys. I am going to wait him out. Talked to a neighbor, who knows him, and he is the type that wants what it cost new. So he can sit on it for the time being.

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    Steve I am with the all the guys way too much but more important underpowered.

    If you even had that kinda money in mind why not spring for a new Grizzly. So many guys recommend this unit http://www.grizzly.com/products/The-...-Bandsaw/G0555# and for a little more
    this one http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-E...Bandsaw/G0555X

    Old iron is good but at the right price.
    cheers

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    Agreed. You can do better for that kind of money. He may believe it to be a collector's item. Many folks who have old stuff in good condition think it automatically becomes "extra good" but, some things are just well cared for older items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Agreed. You can do better for that kind of money. He may believe it to be a collector's item. Many folks who have old stuff in good condition think it automatically becomes "extra good" but, some things are just well cared for older items.
    well said glenn!!
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    What is the reputation like for Powermatic's recent (ie. last 3 years) bandsaw's? I know that PM is pretty high quality ... do their bandsaws also fall into that category?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawson Mossman View Post
    What is the reputation like for Powermatic's recent (ie. last 3 years) bandsaw's? I know that PM is pretty high quality ... do their bandsaws also fall into that category?
    wmh tool group has closed it`s usa factories and as far as i know everything painted yellow is coming from tai-chi.
    the parts speced out for their yellow line are higher quality than the white line though...
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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