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So how specifically does the lower quality steel affect the new powermatic table saws, can you provide an instance where anyone has had a problem with the steel in one?

Not Powermatic, but a friend with a Grizz planer/moulder, had a gear, or sprocket brake in half. I'm fairly sure it was a steel problem.

As a hobby woodworker, with a budget, and not having $$$ out the wazoo, I can't justify, quality US, German, etc.. made machines. Thats why, I buy old arn.
We used to make some fine machines.
3-4 of my machines are 60+ years old and functioning like new. I wonder after 30 years, how many Asian machines will still be running as well.

Have to go and get more popcorn!
 
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