Sunday, February 7, 2010

Discount Powermatic 1791227K Model 64 Artisan 10-Inch Left Tilt 1-1/2-Horsepower Contractor Saw with 30-Inch

Powermatic 1791227K Model 64 Artisan 10-Inch Left Tilt 1-1/2-Horsepower Contractor Saw with 30-Inch Accu-Fence and 2 Cast Iron Extension Wings, 115/230-Volt 1-Phase

Product Description
** Please Allow 10 - 14 Days For Delivery.Or - Pay An Extra $25 To Ship Direct From Factory. Stock Number: 1791227K Model 64A, 10" Table Saw with 1-1/2HP, 1Ph, 115/230V (Prewired 115V), 30" Accu-Fence System The ruggedness and performance of POWERMATIC® are built into this left tilting, contractor style table saw. Complete with a precision ground cast iron table with beveled front edge which facilitates smooth transition of the miter gauge as it moves over the front edge of the table. The T-slot miter gauge with positive stops allows for wider stock to be cut more accurately. The exclusive 3VX belt is more efficient than standard belts and offers less vibration. This machine has a lockable push button switch with a removable safety key. It comes standard with the Accu-Fence® system with 30" rip capacity to the right of the blade, and a melamine-surfaced wood extension table. Two cast iron wings and an independent leaf safety guard are standard features of this heavy duty contractor table saw. DETAILS Precision ground cast iron table has a beveled edge to help eliminate damage to work materialExclusive 3VX belt drive is more efficient with less vibrationAccu-Fence® with 30" to the right cutting capacity ensures accuracyT-slot miter gauge with stops permits wider cross cuttingQuick-connect power cord reduces assembly timeManual push-button power switch is lockable, has removable safety key to prevent accidental startsStandard Equipment:Accu-Fence®4" dust collection portLeft and right cast iron extension wingsBlade insertDado insertBlade guard and splitterMiter gaugeOpen standWood extension tableBlade not included Part Number    1791227K     Blade Diameter  

  • Perfect for the contractor, craftsman, or home hobbyist
  • 1-1/2-horsepower, single-phase, 115/230-volt motor
  • 30-inch Accu-Fence system delivers excellent results
  • Blade tilts left for easier bevel cutting
  • T-slot miter gauge, built-in 4-inch dust collection shroud, and two cast-iron extension wings included

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An Overrated Brand
This is a good, relatively inexpensive cast iron table saw. And that is all that it is. The AMZN review by Nancy Gleason is misleading. Left tilt saws are better, but they are ubiquitous. Read the reviews. They are quite accurate and touch on many important aspects.

It is curious that many reviewers make significant criticisms while indicating a very high rating. It is not unusual that this saw's top is not level, the splitter is difficult to adjust, the belt guard is infamous (and has been so for years w/o change), bolt holes are misaligned, and the blade is not parallel to the miter slots. If you are new to woodworking, please understand the importance of these elements.

Solid machine
This is the second powermatic tablesaw I have had the oppurtunity to work with. Assembly was easy, took about 4-5 hours. I had to take some time to get the motor alignment correct, but once everything was done properly it purrrs like a kitten. The accuaracy is great, very solid machine for many years of service. The one and only knock I can think of is the motor alignment. When first asembled I had alot of vibration. After looking closely the belt had rubbed on the guard screws and took a chunk out of it. Replaced belt, confirmed alignment, no problems since. Very happy with saw.

Gold Standard for 750$?
Easy to assemble even for a novice. Took about 4 hours with the help of my Wife. Couple of gripes on set up is the guard for the drive belt. Your drive pulleys must be precisely aligned for it not to rub badly. Also, the blade guard/splitter combo anti kickback mechansims mar the item being cut. The guard splitter is also very bulky and akward to adjust, at least for me. Blade adjustment was neglible due to it being dead on out of the box.

The fence system is excellent, just make sure you align it properly or you will learn the hard way. Popped the breaker a few times, and some very loud/bad noises.

This is my first table saw and went with reputation and reviews, it is worth the 750$ I paid.

Just got most of it
I just received most of the saw, the fence rail is missing, it's on the way. I assembled the saw lined everything up, but it vibrates. I don't know how this thing can pass a nickel test. I lined the pulleys up with a 32 inch level so they are pretty dead on. I notice the motor shakes a bit on start up and shut down, does this change if I wire it for 230? Any other helpful hints on getting it to stop shaking will be helpful.

Perfect Balance of Quality and Value
I've owned the 50" version of this saw for 2 years now. I was enticed into purchasing this saw for a couple of reasons. First, it is left-tilting, which is safer for bevel cuts on the 'big' part of the table. Second, Powermatic was having a pretty good sale - I paid approximately $775 plus tax for the saw, 50" Accufence and extension table.

I took several hours assembling this saw. There are a lot of adjustments to make to get everything square. I read reviews that reducing arbor runout is difficult. I did the assembly by myself and my runout is no more than a few mils (vs. my miter slots). I did have to shim the cast iron wings to get the tabletop flat, which was a good bit of trial and error work.

I haven't had any issues with the belt cover. When I first assembled the belt cover rubbed against the belt, but that problem was easy to adjust.

I bought a Forrect Woodworker II blade and highly recommended it. My only complain with this saw is that the splitter/blade guard is hard to adjust. Even though I've tweaked and adjusted the splitter a couple of times, I still get slight binding after the wood passes my thin kerf WWII blade. It isn't problematic and I probably wouldn't have an issue with a regular kerf blade. I've recently purchase a SharkGuard aftermarket splitter to address the minor binding issue.

I bought thin kerf to minimize the load on the blade. I tried running this saw initially on 110V using a 15 AMP circuit. I blew the circuit a few times when I heavily loaded the saw. So, I strongly recommend upgrading to 220V or using the saw on 20 AMP 110V circuts (or more). The saw runs much better on 220V and I've had no issues since converting.

I've been very pleased with this saw. If you purchase, you might consider installing a router table in the extension table since it already has hardwood framing for one underneath. I installed the Rousseau router plate and Freud fence. I've been very happy with the combination.

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