Powermatic 45 Lathe #1: Bought a 1967 PM45 lathe

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Blog entry by stevengaletodd posted 03-11-2011 07:32 AM 6277 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 it before I get started.

-- Steven - "Good enough for who it's for!"

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 07:52 AM

Beautiful machine. You should post some pics of your progress as it gets along. Would like to see its inner workings, especially the main shafts assembly. I know when I did my old lathe the main shaft comprised of 5 bushings and two set of the bearings, the headstock with precision double runner bearings with deep groove for the high radius force as well as double roller bearings at the back for the weight. The good thing about redoing a machine like this is you can improve on it for example replace the normally open bearings with sealed ones.

Good luck buddy!

-- An unfinished project makes great firewood for winter!

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 08:11 AM

Hey Steve,
Great machine and worth a careful restore….keep us posted.

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 08:37 AM

Nice post. Thanks for sharing. All the best.

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 11:06 AM

Really nice machine, sound like a good price to me.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 12:58 PM

Congratulations! Your going to have fun! I am so envious of you right now. Please post your progress on the restore.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 03:18 PM

i too have restored a old PM lathe like this one. one piece of advice be careful using it the old PM’s have ALOT of torque on them. I recommend you lossen the belt some because the torque is so high that if you get a catch it can take the tool away from you or break the piece you are turning.

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 03:46 PM

That thing is friggin awesome! I’m glad it was you & not me that had to move it. She’s going to be wonderful fixed up.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 05:59 PM

Very nice lathe, and the price was certainly right. I googled to find out just what it was and saw 3 priced
from $775.00 to $1,149.00 plus shipping. I think Powermatic made tool rests for the outboard side of the
lathe, so the stand should be strong enough for you to make your own if you can not find one, so your
turning diameter will be awesome. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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