Small Cabinet Saw with Big Features

By Bill Esler | Posted: 10/16/2013 2:49PM


A 10˝ 115V cabinet saw for woodworkers and remodelers, the Powermatic 1000 carries features of its larger 230V siblings. With cast iron tabletop, the saw ($1999, 5-year warranty) features a 30˝ maximum rip capacity right of the blade; a 52” rip version (add $100) is also offered.

The PM1000’s blade guard assembly and riving knives contain kickback. Heavy-duty front and rear trunnions provide stability and rigidity.

A pushbutton arbor lock sets up quick blade changes with a single wrench, which is included. T-slot channels on either side of the blade support the large 60° miter gauge with preset detents at 0º, 30º and 45°. A pair of expander mechanisms in the gauge’s guide bar helps eliminate side-to-side play in the T-slot; and a disk that engages the channel to prevent it from lifting during a cut.

Powermatic’s Accu-Fence incorporates a pair of thick rigid polyethylene slabs that allow wood to slide predictably. The face can be adjusted vertically to ride flush with the table top surface or rise just above it. A 13/4 hp, single-phase induction motor drives the table saw with a poly-V belt. A big pushbutton on/off switch has a removable magnetic key to stop unauthorized use.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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