Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
Not sure about PowerMatic but usually the top directly above the legs (the saw blade part) is cast iron. Some manufacturers use steel and some use cast iron for the extension wings - the webbed or grating looking tops on each side.
Powermatic is a very good brand, but even good brand names have a lesser quality lower end saw. An educated guess tells me this is definitely NOT a $1000 saw but could possibly be a $300 dollar saw, providing all parts are there and it runs real well. This is usually referred to as a "contractors saw". Some contractor saws have a fairly high level of quality and some don't.
The motor plate shows it can be wired for 110 or 220V. That is usually a sign of a fairly good quality motor. Normally, manufacturers would not put that motor on a junk model.
maybe someone on here can give you more info on that particular model
BTW, what is the asking price?
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx