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

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 12-24-2010 10:21 PM 2163 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: The Dangerous Side of Cheap Power Tools Part 10 of Building My Work Shop series Part 11: Powermatic 66 vs The Rest »

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.


Merry Christmas!!!

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

3 comments so far

View sedcokid's profile


2733 posts in 3653 days

#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,

View lew's profile


12153 posts in 3810 days

#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.

View Crushgroovin's profile


234 posts in 2978 days

#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!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics