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.
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.
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.