Tool: Powermatic PM1000
MSRP: $2400 (50″ fence)
This saw packs a professional punch for your home workshop.
Powermatic’s PM1000 table saw isn’t over-shadowed by its big brother, the PM2000, and it can fit into your home workshop without the added fuss of rewiring your home.
Straight out of the crate you can see that the PM1000 is a well-built shop machine. I was immediately impressed with the finish of the precision-ground, cast iron top. The massive base anchors the saw to your workshop floor. At first glance this saw could easily be mistaken for an industrial-grade cabinet saw.
As you get under the hood, the saw remains heavy-duty. I liked the trunnion and blade-adjustment systems, and there are lots of cast and highly machined parts. The height and angle adjustments are smooth and easy, and the polished 7″ hand wheels have the feel of the venerable Powermatic 66.
One of the best features of the saw is that the 13⁄4-horsepower motor runs on standard 115v current, so the PM1000 plugs into nearly any outlet in your home.