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Powermatic PM2000 Cabinet Saw Replaces Model 66 with Solid Power and Safety Features
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Powermatic PM2000 Cabinet Saw Rip Capacity: 50"R, 13-1⁄2”L
Depth of Cut: 3-1⁄8" (90°); 2-1⁄8" (45°)
Table: 30-1⁄2"W x 42"L
Weight: 604 lbs
2010 Price: $2,999.99

The PM2000, Powermatic’s replacement to the Model 66, is handsomely equipped and was a solid performer here. It comes with a huge cast-iron top and your choice of a laminated table or workbench extension with an end vise.

Powermatic dust control blade shroud The bottom blade shroud collects the dust, keeping it out of the interior of the cabinet and preventing it from gumming up the blade.

The riving knife/guard system resembles JET’s Xacta Saw and is easy to use. A low-profile riving knife is also available as an accessory. A bottom blade shroud enabled this saw to draw away all but a light dusting from inside the cabinet — very impressive.

This saw’s box-style trunnion is a good-sized chunk of iron, which helped it cut thick hardwood without fuss or noticeable vibration. The rip fence is rugged with extra-thick plastic facings. PM2000’s miter gauge has a sawtooth rack system for locking in angle settings, plus a 13" aluminum extension fence with T-slots.

Powermatic includes integral casters that crank up and down using the blade bevel-tilt handwheel. It takes some practice to activate the feature, but it’s a small hassle for the wheeled advantage.

Powermatic safety kill switch and magnetic lockout Powermatic's saw comes with a nice large bump safety kill switch and a magnetic lockout button to prevent it from running when you don't want it to.

An oversized bump kill switch is a wise safety feature, and so is the illuminated On button and removable magnetic lock-out key. The saw could use some means for hanging accessories and a better motor door latch. All in all, though, this is a sweet machine. Here’s a pricey saw, but it’s plentifully appointed and ready for hard daily use.

posted on February 1, 2010 by Chris Marshall
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