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Blog entry by jbswearingen posted 09-26-2012 03:03 AM 1213 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, so there wasn’t much to this “refurb”. I took it apart and painted the stand Rustoleum’s Hammered Black, and used Hammered Gray for the stripe. It was part of the group of tools I picked up from a cabinet maker’s estate several weeks back. It sat unused for the past eight years. I tested it this evening with some 2” pine. Yes, it isn’t much of a test for a 3hp saw, but the motor didn’t change pitch as the blade plowed through it. I’m really looking forward to putting this thing to use for another few decades!

The bearings in the 3hp, 1ph motor and in the arbor are good, though the belts should be replaced. I’ll get to that soon.

The fence was missing, though it came with a set of Vega rails (useless to me now). I received a 52” Unifence rail and fence from a friend for free this summer and adapted it to work. Unfortunately, the tabs on the center table had already been drilled such that they wouldn’t work, so I had to drill into the extension tables to mount the rail. I originally wanted to replace the right table with my Rockler router table and then cut the rail short to match, but I’ll just mount it to the outside of the table and leave the rail full length. The right wing was drilled in two spots for a power feeder; I have a feeder on my shaper, so I think I’ll put it to use.

As of now, it’s almost ready to go. It needs a new scale applied to the rail, as the old one was badly rusted and is now no longer lined up properly in relation to the blade. I need to study the manual and figure out how to mount the splitter and blade guard. I’m waiting for a mobile base to arrive; it’s a necessity in my small garage shop, especially with six other “stationary” tools. The table top also needs some attention with WD-40 and a Scotch pad; there’s a bit of surface rust, but no pitting.

Once I get all those things done, I’ll then build a cross cutting sled and a folding out feed table. I might build a small storage cabinet to hand under the right side to house the router and offer up a drawer or two to store bits; if nothing else, I can hang peg board on it for arbor wrenches and blades.

The pics are pretty crappy, but I’ll get better shots after I clean it up some more and have better lighting.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 03:12 AM

Looks great,this Pm66 is about the same vintage as mine, but mine is the 5hp. Yours sure looks pretty,good rehab job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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