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PM1500 Bandsaw is a 2013 Editors Choice Award Pick

Every year, Tools of the Trade (ToolsoftheTrade.net) recognizes standout tools that caught their attention throughout the previous year. They chose the PM1500 Bandsaw as their number 5 pick. See what they had to say about it:

The new PM1500 was originally designed to be Powermatic’s flagship 14-inch band saw, but too much power and cutting capability was packed in and it burst at the seams and was released instead as a 15-inch model. We’re only partially kidding: With its 3-horsepower motor and capacity for 14-inch-tall and 14 1/2-inch-wide stock, this 400-pound machine outclasses even many of the 18-inch band saws on the market. The real benefit of the 15-inch wheels is that they can run thicker and wider blades than 14-inch wheels can — large blades up to 1 inch wide, in fact, which are best for resawing or milling rough stock into boards.

This machine’s other features include massive cast-iron wheels, a rock-solid guide post with rack-and-pinion gear adjustment, dual dust-collection ports, and a large cast-iron table with a T-square fence that features an extra-tall faceplate for stability.

For extra safety, the saw has a removable magnetic lockout key that disables the power switch, an interlock switch on the tensioning lever that won’t let the saw start with the blade untensioned, and a foot brake that switches the power off and mechanically stops the blade. Price: $2,900. 800-274-6848

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