Powermatic 3520b Motor Controls Rewire I got my Powermatic a couple years ago.As I was researching its features I came across an article about removing the entire motor controller panel and putting it into a switchbox.I like that Idea much better than the factory on/off remote option. After a year and a half I finally got around to doing the job.Since a picture is worth a thousand words I decided to photo-archive the job.Also it’s easier than writing down which wire goes where.The...
In this video, I review the new Powermatic 15 inch bandsaw. I recently upgraded from my 14 inch Delta 1HP bandsaw. I was originally considering an 18 inch bandsaw until I heard about the Powermatic offering. I liked the idea of the resaw capacity of a larger bandsaw, but the compactness of this 15 inch. The two bandsaws are shown side-by-side, and then I show the various features of the new saw. There’s a lot to like about this new Powermatic offering, but I also don’t shy a...
Safety (or the lack thereof) #1: Rule #3, if your lathe has a safety shield and you can use it....DO!!!
My wife, who loves me more than I deserve, let me get a new lathe a few months ago. A Powermatic 3520b.I love this lathe, especially better than the old Craftsman tube-types I had. Anyway, I’ve flung a few pieces of wood off the lathes over the past 40+ years, and I’m always conscious to keep my face shield/mask/goggles in place (unless I forget in the heat of the moment.)But the safety cage just looked better holding a couple of worklights than down in its intended position. ...
Last month I had to say goodbye to my restored 1960’s Powermatic model 66 table saw. It was my dream saw with a Excalibur sliding table, as the old Rush song said from a better thanish time. I spent a lot of time on putting this old saw back to work. I bolted it to the floor, and tried to “dust proof” it. As I was sitting in my shop looking at all of the things I planned on selling to clear out my shelves and make some room. The Excalibur sliding table was huge!!! and took a...
After 30 years of using my trusty Makita 400mm planer, I took the plunge and invested most of my hard-earned box profits from the past year in a new Powermatic 15 inch planer. I found that it was a good day to own a 35 horse Kabota tractor with a pallet forks since this gold beauty comes with 500 pounds of love. Quick lessons: When installing the cast iron wings. Attach the center bolt with the wing upside down and then spin it to attach the other two bolts. Put in the set screws for...
The stand is now painted, it did take a little work to get it cleaned up. I used SoyGel on the old finish that was caked on. I put it on and let it sit for 30 minutes and the old finish scraped right off. I was also able to find a could missing pieces that I needed for the tool rest. I’m getting ready to put the lathe back on the stand. Here is a picture of the tool rest before I put it together. I also got the head stock assembly put back together. It cost me about $...
This is where I’m at today! I’ve pretty much taken everything apart so I could paint. I did forget to mention that this lathe has the step pulley, not the variable speed (wish it was VS). I had some trouble taking the tool rest apart, the support clamp bolt was rusted to the shaft. Finally after a lot of WD40 and a use of a small sledge, I got it freed up. It was missing the original plate on the underneath side of the tool rest. Going to have to see if I can find one. The h...
I picked up a 1967 Powermatic 45 lathe that I hope to restore. It wasn’t in the best of shape, but there where no cracks in the casting, it ran and I only paid $200 for it. Included in that, there was about 6 face plates, four sets of cheap tools (one harbor freight set never used), and an extra 1/2 hp motor. I plan on taking it completely apart so I can clean and give it a fresh coat of paint. I think I will also replace the bearings while I have it apart. Here are some pictures of...
Powermatic Model 15 Planer refurb--vintage 1995 #3: ...I should call this Blog fixing up old stuff, but I need help fast.
It’s Friday morning 0’Dark thirty…can’t sleep thinking about the days challenges. I’m trudging through the snow out to my workshop waiting for the coffee to brew while I fire up the wood stove…(OK I made up the snow part, but it is supposed to get really cold next Tuesday.) I will get right to the point. I have this Powermatic Planer I picked up from the local High School when it was deemed too dangerous for the kids making clocks to use. No offense t...
Powermatic Model 15 Planer refurb--vintage 1995 #1: Entry number 1 in a long series of boring tool upgrades....
I love to buy used tools, fix them up better than new, and use them in my woodworking business. This is my first attempt at a blog entry, so we will see how it goes. The “new” tool is a Powermatic 15 planer I picked up off C’s List for $500. A great deal according to my former Shop Nite buddy who states “hey the older tools are better anyway.” After extensive investigation (read the s/n plate) I found that the tool was manufactured in Taiwan during the olde...
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