New 15-Inch Powermatic PM1500 Bandsaw
Blends Top Cutting Capacity, Innovative Features
Lavergne, TN –
Powermatic® engineers didn’t skimp when they designed the new PM1500, 15”
Bandsaw as the little brother of the popular PM1800, 18” model, which is
the gold standard in commercial woodworking shops across the country.
Just like its elite 18” sibling, the PM1500 features bigger-than-average
resaw capacity, exclusive fully adjustable fence, multi-step blade
tensioning, precision guide and thrust bearings and heavy duty steel and
cast iron construction throughout.
“The Powermatic PM1500
Bandsaw has a full 14” of resaw height and 14½” of blade-to-frame width,
creating a class of its own,” said Joan Duvall, Powermatic’s Director of
Product Management-Wood. “This heavy-duty, high-performance bandsaw offers
a solid blend of accuracy, innovative features, durability, ease of use and
value for small to mid-sized woodworking shops and serious enthusiasts.
It’s engineered to be the last bandsaw a proud owner will ever need to
Destined to be one of the
most versatile machines in the shop, the Powermatic PM1500 can be used to
resaw and rip lumber to size, cut curves for cabinetry or furniture
making, create decorative scrollwork or even cut joints such as tenons
and dovetails. Name a precise woodcutting task, and the PM1500 handles it
smoothly, quickly and easily.
At 394 lbs., the PM1500
is no lightweight. The bandsaw’s sturdy cast iron table and trunnion
assembly provides maximum rigidity for heavy work pieces. Even the steel cabinet
doors are secured with all-metal, rotating cam locks. Overall dimensions of
the saw are 30¼”L x 34-3/8”W x 80¼”H.
The bandsaw is driven by
a 3HP, 1PH, 230V motor that’s hungry for hardwoods and other tough cutting
jobs. Power is transmitted to the drive pulley system via a durable Poly-V
belt, delivering a blade speed of 3100 SFPM. A magnetic switch protects
the motor from potentially damaging power variations, and also guards the operator
by preventing the motor from starting unexpectedly after a power
interruption. Removing a magnetic key disables the machine when left
unattended. New Powermatic PM1500 Bandsaw
The PM1500 Bandsaw’s
spacious 21½” x 16” cast iron table is precisely ground to insure
flatness. The table tilts 45° to the right and 10° left, by using a cast-iron handwheel.
A large scale makes setting the desired table angle and locking the table
in place fast and easy. The table surface is a comfortable 40” from the
floor. A standard miter slot is provided, along with a miter gauge that
features a pivoting head with stops at 45 and 90° left/right.
The bandsaw’s exclusive
Accu-Fence measures 19¾”L x 6½”H and slides along the fence arm on a steel
guide rail. This large, extruded aluminum fence can be used lying flat on
the table for inlays and furring strips or upright for crown molding and
other materials. It also can be adjusted front-to-back, as needed to suit
the project. This true T-style fence is fully adjustable to be square to
the table surface vertically and parallel to the blade front and back.
Drift correction adjustments are easy and accurate. An included
solid-steel, chrome-plated resaw post can be mounted to an aligning slot in
the fence, using a finger-operated knob.
The upper and lower blade
wheels are crafted from iron castings that are precisely machined, painted
and fitted with tires before they are computer balanced. They accommodate
153”-long blades, ranging from 1/8” to 1” wide. Both wheels run on dual
ball bearings to assure smooth operation and minimize drag. The blade wheels’ massive
weight creates consistent inertia that helps make smoother cuts in
foot-operated braking system helps stop a coasting blade more quickly. A
micro-switch automatically shuts off power to the motor when the brake pedal on
the front of the saw is depressed.
All controls for blade
tensioning are easy to access on the outside of the upper cabinet. Turning
a large, cast iron handwheel sets tension by precisely moving the blade
mount block up and down. A blade tracking window and white tires make
viewing the blade easier during critical adjustments. In addition, a handy
blade tension release lever provides full-tension, partial-tension and
blade-release settings for making blade changes and relaxing the blade
when not in use. The blade tension release has an electrical interlock to
prevent the bandsaw from starting when the blade is de-tensioned or
The PM1500 Bandsaw is
equipped with high-quality, ball-bearing blade guides. Adjustment of both
the upper and lower guide sets is tool-free. A specially designed thrust
bearing has a groove to accommodate different blade designs, including smaller scrolling
blades that would otherwise require aftermarket blade stabilizers. A
4”-diameter dust port located on the back of the bandsaw below the table
is designed to evacuate debris in conjunction with a dust collection
system having a minimum capacity of 600 CFM.