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Kicking myself over a Powermatic 66 table saw

by volpeveneers
posted 773 days ago


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 773 days ago

Good news is….hopefully you are ready to make dust now. Better late than never, but a small kick could still be in order.

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lieutenantdan

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#2 posted 773 days ago

Sad, sad story.

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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MNgary

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#3 posted 772 days ago

Yes, kick your buddy but don’t forget to kick yourself! I mean, I mean you’ve had a Powermatic table saw sittin’ in your workshop for 15 years and yet you just sat there and admired it ???

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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Brandon

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#4 posted 772 days ago

Is your buddy dyslexic? 3hp v 3ph? So sad. But now you have a PM66 that’s ready to go.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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toolie

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#5 posted 772 days ago

remember the golden proverb regarding humans: “never trust anybody”.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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MrRon

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#6 posted 772 days ago

Don’t fret; it could have been worse. You could have gone and bought a 3ph converter and discover you didn’t need it.

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syenefarmer

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#7 posted 772 days ago

All is well that ends well but anyways (tongue in cheek)..........here’s your sign?

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studie

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#8 posted 772 days ago

I love my PM 1968 “66” I bought that was in a high school shop all it’s life, hardly saw a full day of work in it’s life. When I got it home I took it apart to make it light enough to get it off the truck and found the motor to be only a 1.5 HP. It still cuts just fine and the motor is a Baldor nothing finer. She is grey and made in the USA, same as me!

-- $tudie

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 772 days ago

Holy …. I kind of wish i could gave seen your face during tgat “a-hah” moment. Congrats!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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SBRPearce

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#10 posted 771 days ago

I think the applicable quote here is “Trust, but verify.”

-- "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." -Mark Twain

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RussellAP

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#11 posted 771 days ago

You know….the plug should have tipped you off.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 771 days ago

Wow! I guess it pays to keep the Y in DIY….

Look at the bright side, at least you didn’t buy a phase convertor for it.

If the HS shop your saw came out of was anything like the Jr. High shop clase I took, they instructor didn’t let anybody use the TS or BS other than himself. That saw is probably good as new.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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TrBlu

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#13 posted 771 days ago

Wow!!! Think of all the projects you could have done over the past 15 years.

You have a lot of catching up to do. That PM deserves your undivided attention and tlc for a while.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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SnowyRiver

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#14 posted 771 days ago

Thats too bad. We all live and learn.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 771 days ago

Well, at least you still have it and don’t have to buy a motor. It will probably make you a good saw once you get it all set up.

helluvawreck
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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poopiekat

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#16 posted 771 days ago

Reacting to your story in a different way, I could say, “Wow, I’ve been doing woodworking for 35 years and only then did I discover the joys of turning items on a lathe”....Or, ”wow, I’ve been doing woodworking for 40 years before I discovered how gratifying it is to rely on handplanes only for a finished surface”. Both of those stories are true for me. I’m not sure where this willingness comes from, to go forward all that time with diminished expectations when a better way is waiting for us, if we’d only open our eyes. Congrats on finally taking things up another notch in your workshop!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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a1Jim

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#17 posted 771 days ago

wow what a shame ,but you know now.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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waho6o9

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#18 posted 771 days ago

All’s well that ends well.

I’m glad you’re able to use your PM66. Any thing else collecting dust my friend?

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DrDirt

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#19 posted 771 days ago

Hey you could have only found out after you SOLD it when you downsized houses, only to find you had a great saw for 15 years and got rid of it.

think half full :-0

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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woodworker59

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#20 posted 771 days ago

never mind the kick, a good whack with a 2 by 4 would be in order, for both of you, you just need to make dust double time to make up for all the lost time.. now have at it..

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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ChrisFranklin

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#21 posted 771 days ago

Thanks for the story, Volpe. Made the rest of us feel better about all the “Oh S**t” stuff WE’ve done.

-- Mud thrown is ground lost.

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volpeveneers

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#22 posted 753 days ago

Now that the bruises from kicking myself are healed I decided to put the ol’66 to service. Long story but to get the saw in what will be my shop I had to take it apart. I mean all apart. I put the parts back and I’m just now trying to align the top to the blade. I have found plenty of references to miter to blade alignment which I will follow. My question is about two cap head screws that are in the front sheet-metal on either side of the blade up/down adjustment wheel. I’m stumped as to what they are for. I haven’t found a a knuter valve to adjust anywhere on this saw.

-- "Trees are evil they must be punished." R. Underhill

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blackcherry

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#23 posted 753 days ago

Sorry I not buying it….just not…

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Tennessee

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#24 posted 752 days ago

Think of it this way. You didn’t put those 15 years of use on that saw, so it is that much newer? Does that make sense?

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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