Powermatic bandsaw – looking for opinion
I am looking to buy a Powermatic band saw model 043 from a relative of mine for $100. The problem is, I can’t find out anything about this saw. He thinks he bought it for about $300 new 3-4 years ago. I’ve checked it out in person and it seems like a really sturdy 14″ model with cast iron parts and a good table. I’ll be using the saw for furniture making (re-sawing, general use, etc.)
So, basically I’m looking for any information or opinions about this machine. It doesn’t come with a fence – how easy is it to add one on? Also, I’ve read about European guides, but I’m not sure what this means and whether this saw has them or not. The PM 043 has ball bearing guides – are these significantly better or worse than ceramic? The motor is 3/4 HP, which seems a bit underpowered for hardwood re-sawing. Is this enough power, or should I consider replacing it with something beefier?
Thanks for any advice.