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Powermatic 66 on Radar

by Floyd Hall
posted 12-30-2017 11:56 PM


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 12-31-2017 12:00 AM

I wouldn’t worry about alignment but I would bring a 5/8 wrench (pretty sure) to pull the top off and check out the guts as a precaution. Still. 250$ is really hard to pass up even if needing a couple parts.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 12-31-2017 12:06 AM

Typically, cast iron does not bend, it breaks. Like mentioned above, I’d check to make sure none of the cast parts are broken or cracked – otherwise, I’d be all over it. If it’s a three phase machine, figure on another $200 to get it working. Worst case is it’s beyond repair and you part it out to make a few bucks. Parts are available, although some of the larger castings can be rather expensive.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Floyd Hall

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#3 posted 12-31-2017 01:20 AM

This is what I’ve been thinking.

It’s a 3 hp, single phase motor, 220v, which I am wired for.

I’ll check every part with the manual, which he has. I just want to be comfortable that any minor part can be replaced fairly easily and that if something is bent, it can be be bent back into reasonable shape.

Floyd

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avsmusic1

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#4 posted 12-31-2017 03:03 PM

I already have a pm66 I’m working on but if this popped up in my area I’d be inclined to go check it out for 250 – I’m with fridge and brad on the approach

Good luck! Let us know how it works out

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Knockonit

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#5 posted 12-31-2017 03:34 PM

whats the hold up, check it out, and if visibly clean and decent, load it and plan on a hoot of a time getting it on line. Sometimes that part is the best part of a buy. jmo
Rj

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Floyd Hall

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#6 posted 12-31-2017 05:10 PM



I already have a pm66 I’m working on but if this popped up in my area I’d be inclined to go check it out for 250 – I’m with fridge and brad on the approach

Good luck! Let us know how it works out

- avsmusic1

The problem is it is not close—it’s 4 hours away. So if I go, need to be reasonably sure I’m going to buy it.

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Holt

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#7 posted 01-02-2018 06:47 PM

At $250, you could probably part it out and get your money back if it turned out to be a bust. No clue on PowerMatics, but almost any Unisaw part could be replaced with a little diligent hunting…

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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Floyd Hall

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#8 posted 01-02-2018 07:04 PM



At $250, you could probably part it out and get your money back if it turned out to be a bust. No clue on PowerMatics, but almost any Unisaw part could be replaced with a little diligent hunting…

- Holt

My primary concern was that anything that was missing or broken could be dealt with. Anyway, going to pick it up on Thursday.

Floyd

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Floyd Hall

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#9 posted 01-07-2018 02:25 AM

So I drive four hours to look at this saw and here’s what I found. As I put all the pieces up on a table to look at them for cracks an what not, I find one heavy cast iron piece—the so-called bearing arm, the second largest cast iron piece in the internal assembly—was snapped in two. I said, “This piece is broken.” He said, no, that’s the way it’s supposed to be and I said, “No, it’s not.” Then I went back and found the other half of the piece. “No way to fix that,” I said

This is after the guy insisted a half dozen times that all I had to do was just put the pieces back together and it would run great.

Four hours up, four hours back.

Smh,

Floyd

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 01-07-2018 03:20 AM

Did you try to use that as a negotiation point? Might have been able to come home with it for dirt cheap. Arbor brackets are easy to fix/replace. Sounds like you missed a great opportunity.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Floyd Hall

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#11 posted 01-07-2018 03:45 AM

It wasn’t an arbor bracket. It was the molded cast iron arm that holds the bearing for the arbor to pass through. It sits down into the trunion and is the second largest cast iron piece. Weighed 20 pounds. I might have been able to find a replacement, but it probably would have been difficult.


Did you try to use that as a negotiation point? Might have been able to come home with it for dirt cheap. Arbor brackets are easy to fix/replace. Sounds like you missed a great opportunity.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

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MrUnix

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#12 posted 01-07-2018 03:55 AM

It was the molded cast iron arm that holds the bearing for the arbor to pass through.
- Floyd Hall

Yup… commonly known as the arbor bracket ;-)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Floyd Hall

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#13 posted 01-07-2018 05:28 AM

You’d have to look at it. I can’t find a good picture of one. I used to work in a metal shop and I know there was no way to weld it back together. Anyway, I could have parted the whole thing out and probably made back the $250, but it would have been too much hassle. I told him just to part it out himself and told him where he could do it.

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