|Forum topic by DirtFighter||posted 12-18-2015 04:22 AM||586 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-18-2015 04:22 AM
So… This is my first post on this forum. I apologize it has to be a gloat but I scored HUGE on this table saw. It is a Powermatic model 66. From the serial number it appears to be manufactured in 1981.
Here is the story behind my becoming the new owner of this saw. Pretty much everyday my co-worker and I browse through Craigslist on our break from our phones…tools, cars and motorcycles and pretty much anything else we think is “cool”. I have been spending a lot more time in the tool section lately since I have come to fall in love with woodworking a few months back after building some shelves for over my garage door. I have since had a few other projects and managed to earn a few bucks building benches too. OK…. back on track. During a CL session I came across this saw and realized it is a very nice model and from what I have read and seen on YouTube a desirable saw to have for a serious woodworker. I also notice the add is 4 days old but the seller only wants $250 for the saw. There is only one pic and very little info on the specs. I said to my co-worker “ahhh, the post is four days old someone has to have snatched that thing up all ready” So he tells me send an email it can’t hurt…off the email goes. We speculate as to why the saw is for sale so cheap. Something’s wrong, the seller inherited it and does not know the worth, someone is going out of business or what ever the case.
The seller gets back to me the next morning and says every thing is in excellent working order and gives me the specs. 3hp 3 phase Leeson motor. 52” fence and tells me a lot of people have called but no one has showed up with the cash. I really don’t have the cash either and really had no intention of following through but curiosity got me and I started researching this particular make and model saw…I quickly found these saw routinely sell for around $1000 give or take with options and what not.
I called my friend from work to share the news and tell him “man, I wish I had $250 right now I would buy that saw. He says come and pick me up and lets go look at it, I will lend you the $250 if it really worth it. Off we go to get a look at this thing but I am wondering about this 3phase set up on the saw. After some more research I find out this will not work in my garage with out switching the motor for a single phase or get some sort of converter.
We arrive at the sellers shop and there it is. The tilt works fine, the arbor goes up and down just fine ( and smooth ) there is no blade so I grab the arbor and try to wiggle it and it feels solid, belts are good and the saw plugs in and runs like a champ. No weird noises, no smoke inspection seems the saw is very much worth the money. Here is the icing on the cake, even though the saw was set up on 230v 3 phase power it came with a Phase-A-matic static converter in the box with the motor cover, blade guard, wrench, and all the other little accessories. So I guess that means I will only be operating at 2 HP but that will be enough for my garage I think.
I did have to unload this beast by my self. After an hour or so and a few swear words I managed to get off my pickup with out damaging anything…I am totally pumped about this saw and can’t wait till my next day off so I can spend the day getting to know it better and dialing everything in…thanks for reading if you made it this far! ?
I will post more pics once I clean it up and get it dialed in.
the old Craftsman that will be replaced
-- Sometimes.....I talk to the wood