Table Saw Upgrade to Powermatic 66 3 phase

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Blog entry by amplifiednation posted 08-30-2012 12:23 AM 2551 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just joined the forum after reading countless posts…I have learned so much I want a chance to give back and share an experience I am having this week upgrading my main table saw to a Powermatic 66.

This saw has a three phase motor, I’ll be using a TECO VFD to get three phase. I’m having 220v being run to the saw’s location on Friday, and that electrician will help me get the VFD wired.

I am a cabinet maker who builds speaker cabinets and guitar amplifier cabinets. I really needed something with a big rip capacity and a saw that would cut accurate. I almost got an expensive Hybrid or a Powermatic contractors saw but I found a good deal on the 66 and really like the vintage vibe.

installed the wings…put them on the wrong sides…i thought those four holes were from a vice or something…maybe they were at one point but i had to reverse the wings once I started putting the fence rails on.

Three phase motor was not easy to get on by myself…but I did it, heavy and awkward lift.

All three pullies attached!


fence rails installed

now i need to figure out how to get the fence installed and also level out the extension table with the cast iron table. what do i adjust? I’m hoping that the extension table adjusts…but it screws right into the table so I don’t know how.

If anyone can help or has experience setting this saw up..please drop me a line! Hopefully this post is in the right spot! I’ll have progress tomorrow and hopefully have the VFD set up Friday morning.


-- Taylor Cox

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 01:01 AM

Taylor, looks like you got hald of a good unit. You ll never need another one. I would respond to your other questions but youstated you were a cabinetmaker so set it up and enjoy !

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 01:11 AM

Hi Taylor;

Nice saw. Those four hole are likely for a power feeder.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 01:27 AM

Thanks guys! So the fence was a piece of cake I got that installed, squared up and lined with the miters.

The extension table is not flush with the table saw, is there an adjustment for the table or do I need a new extension table that I can reinstall and get flush?

-- Taylor Cox

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