Building My Work Shop #10: Slotted T Crank Handle for Powermatic Belsaw 12" Molder Planer Drum Sander

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 12-24-2010 10:21 PM 1937 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am almost done refurbishing my MONSTER 5 HP Powermatic Molder/Planer/Drum Sander. Of all the things to be missing I can’t find the seemingly simplest item. The slotted “T’ crank handle for adjusting the cut thickness. Basically a 5/8” socket with a 1/4” slot through the sides connected to a crank handle. Now I could just take a 5/8” socket and grind a slot in it but that is super chintzy for what is an amazing piece of American built quality product. I have spoken directly with the “Belsaw” and they don’t have anything for it, neither down Powermatic. I have searched the internet with now luck. So now I reach out to the LJ’s for help. Please let me know if you can any ideas on where I can pick up something that will work.


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#1 posted 12-24-2010 10:39 PM

Sorry my friend but I don’t have anything like this, But… I am a retired tool maker, do you know anyone in this field? If so I bet they would be more then happy to assist you by fabricating something that would work just fine.

Don’t know if this helps but it was just a thought..

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 05:59 AM

As Chuck said, any local machine shop should be able to fabricate one for you.

Do you have a local vocational school. Their machine shop and welding programs may also be able to make one- maybe for the cost of materials.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 09:12 PM

Boeing is less than 10 miles from my house so I think I can find a machine shop or a thousand! LOL I am so thick sometimes, it never occurred to me to find a local metal shop. Everything up here is Microsoft and sometimes it’s easy to forget about Boeings.

Thanks for the input guys. I was hoping to find something by retail but I think I am going to have to get something custom built. I will likely go check the local Voc Tech that places Machinists.

That or maybe this is the perfect opportunity for me to make a little foray into metal fabrication.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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