Cabinet Saw Advice — Which used ones are the best?
I wanted to get some advice on whether to stick with my current cabinet saw, or sell it and get another one which will last me a long time. Currently I have a 3HP, right-tilt Platinum Unisaw w/a 50″ Biesemeyer fence, that I picked up for $350 at an auction. It has been beat up, but with a little TLC it runs okay. Currently, I’m doing custom “built-ins”, cabinets, millwork etc. — primarily Shaker. Hopefully I will graduate to some real furniture when I get more time and experience.
I have a colleague who is a Powermatic and Northfield fanatic. He says you can’t beat the old American Iron and craftsmanship. He has a Powermatic 66 (when they were still built in the US) AND a Northfield (don’t ask, he has lots of money, time and room). However, for those of us with a “normal gig” and who weren’t born into a “trust fund”, are there a select few manufacturers to investigate (besides Powermatic)? I’ve seen Tannewitz, Davis and Wells, etc. What are some of the pros and cons of each? Also, will a beginning to intermediate woodplayer (I don’t work and get paid for my stuff) will there be a noticeable difference? I don’t want to be the woodworking equivalent of a 60 year guy who buys a high-end audiofile speaker and can’t hear above 10KHz, so I would appreciate some real candor here.
Thanks for your help.