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post #1 of 8 Old 09-12-2016, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone. I've been lurking on this site for months now. Finally decided it's time to make an account.

I've been looking for a good hybrid or cabinet table saw the last couple weeks and had it narrowed down to the Ridgid r4512. But I just found a powermatic 65 on Craigslist that seems to be in great condition. I've done some research but I'm still skeptical of a saw that's 50 years old.

Id like whatever saw I buy to last at least 20 years. I also don't want to have to make adjustments all the time.

What do you guys think? Is the powermatic a good value at 600 dollars?(the craigslist post says obo) Or should I go with a new ridgid r4512?

Any thoughts are appreciated!
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-12-2016, 04:48 PM
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Looks like a nice saw ..... Have you seen it in person ??
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-12-2016, 04:49 PM
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I own a Powermatic 68

Mine is a 12" 5HP beast.
There is no comparison between the Rigid and the Powermatic and it is a left tllt, something you don't always find in an older saw. Do your best bargaining, but a $600.00 it's not a bad deal. I would huyrry on down and ch3eck it out, bring cash in a wadded up $550 and offer that....

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I say this as an R4512 owner...there is absolutely zero comparison between the two and if you're honestly considering both then I'd submit that you need to spend some more time identifying your needs and priorities in a saw before committing any money.

The Powermatic, while old, is a true cabinet saw, and the one in the picture looks well kept. I'm almost positive you'll find it has cabinet mounted trunions, which will make dialing it in fairly easy (assuming it's not already). Unless you're doing some pretty serious heavy work, like throwing 100's of bf of 8/4 oak or purpleheart at it, you will find it has plenty of power. Easiest way to see is to take some stock with you and ask the seller if you can try a few rips. At $600 its a steal if you ask me.

The R4512 is a good hybrid/hobbyist saw. My main reason for purchasing it was a lifestyle thing. I am active military, so I move every 18 months - 2 years. My "shop" is my garage, and when I'm not working it has to be put away because my wife has this illconceived notion about parking vehicles in there. So I wanted something that was light, with a good integrated lift. The lifetime service agreement from Ridgid was a big plus as well in putting the R4512 over the top once I had decided to go the hybrid saw route.

In a few years, when I'm done with the Army, or when the Army's done with me (whichever comes first) and we are able to buy a house I will be building a dedicated shop and at that point I will upgrade to a true cabinet saw (likely a SawStop).

Assuming you don't have the need to regularly relocate your saw, you can never go wrong with a cabinet saw, and there's a reason Powermatic has such a great name, they've been building great stuff for a long time.
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Powermatic in a heartbeat, they don't make saws like that anymore.
I just literally trashed a Ridgid planer yesterday.
They make junk, sell it in box stores and will not provide the parts that wear out right away.
Throwing money away on Ridgid equipment.
Once upon a time they made decent plumbing tools but then came profit-above-any-integrity corporations.
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Thanks for all the advice everyone.

My original post wasn't trying to compare the two saws, but rather find out of the powermatic was a good value.

It's more than I was planning on spending, but I'm gonna try to scrape up some more cash and jump on the powermatic.
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If you have the room for the Powermatic, you will have a great saw that will hold its value.
Based on only the picture, the saw looks great.
Unlike cheaper saws that break and become trash, the professional model saws can be maintained for a lifetime.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Here are some more pictures. It's a 4 hour drive to get it. ? There is a PM 66 at an auction nearby this weekend. If I can get that I will, but if not I think I can talk this guy down to 500.
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