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A ton of guys love grizzly tools.....but grizzly is the Chevy....and powermatic is the Mercedes of tools. Now millions of guys get solid work done with Chevys, but would you turn down a new Mercedes??
Powermatic is, IMHO, just like every other Asian made power tool. It likes to present itself as the Mercedes, but it's really all just good marketing. Griz is the best value short of CL.
 

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put down the jet/powermatic kool aid and start focusing on value rather than faded brand names with exorbitant sticker prices. there is nothing the jet and PM tools you linked will do that the similar grizzly tools will not do. WOOD magazine fabricates many of the parts for their projects on a ridgid contractor saw (a 3650 or 3660). the tools you linked will all do the same thing. what would compel someone to spend $1000, e.g., and settle for a 14" BS when the same expenditure will get a different brand that's 17" and 2 hp?

go with griz for a better value. what's saved can go for more tools or useful accessories for the tools that are acquired.
 
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