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Forum topic by Kelly posted 05-18-2016 03:46 AM 630 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2016 03:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander edge sander jet pm powermatic

I just bought the two of these for $250.00. A guy, who owned a box making factory, gave these and a 38” thickness sander to the local junk yard. A friend beat me to the thickness sander [and that’s how I learned about these (now I have to help him install a 240 outlet for his sander)].

The only things wrong with the Powermatic 13 was a dented fan cover and bassackwards assembly. The thing is tip prone, which could be done with finger pressure, since they mounted the stand wrong.

I knocked the dent out of the fan, turned the top around and fired it up and it works fine.

The Jet needs a new switch and it’s off and running.

I should be able to sell the Jet and pay for both units. Might even get a cup of coffee out of the deal.

The deal is made all the more neat by that I get to see a Jet and Powermatic unit side by side. They are pretty much identical. However, the PM is easier to adjust and such.

I have a Powermatic floor model belt sander with a 48” belt. It’ll be interesting to see how much use I get out of a 89” belt.

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#1 posted 05-18-2016 11:29 AM

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#2 posted 05-18-2016 12:00 PM

Quite a find!
We had those when I worked for Catnapper, but took them off line.
The reasons were cost of the belts, and I don’t know if you’ve ever run one of these, but the power exerted by these with a new belt on a piece of wood is similar to that of a table saw kickback. We had too many people with ground off fingertips and hands after the piece of wood caught in the grit and flew away, and they could not react fast enough and ran their hand into the belt.
Be careful…

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#3 posted 05-18-2016 03:47 PM

Thanks for the tip, Tennessee.

My floor model drum sander makes me nervous, so I try to be pretty careful using it.

My buddy went up against it with just his finger tips and it, of course, won. Fortunately, it wasn’t bad. In fact, his complaining was probably worse than the actual damage, at least for me. Meanwhile, he got a good lesson, or reminder, to appreciate the potential for injury from my equipment.

I looked at the dust collection end of these and thought of the potential for wicked behavior, on the part of the machine. I though about sloped wire grates at the end, if only to keep material and hands from getting trapped in the hood area.

Add the fact of honest 1-1/2 hp motors and they do have a potential I’d rather avoid.

I may even sell him the Jet to cover the cost of the two. I have a nice paddle switch I’m putting on it, so that will be a “bit” of a safety feature.

Another help would be, I, probably, won’t run sixty or eighty grit on it. I figure something in the area of 120 would be fine for most my work.

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