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Forum topic by Duffman posted 09-28-2016 10:10 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2016 10:10 PM

Has anyone here attempted to rig up a dust chute from a newer saw like a PM2000 to an older saw like a PM66? I am thinking about attempting it. The part with shipping would be less than $25. But before I spend the money, it would be nice to know whether or not it would work.

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#1 posted 10-01-2016 08:09 PM


I have a PM66 Table Saw and have been pondering ways to improve dust collection in and around the blade under the table. I have been stymied mostly because of my reluctance to drill holes in the trunnion assembly.

After looking at the PM2000 manual, I think it would be difficult to retrofit the PM2000 table saw dust chute and would require drilling the bearing arm (Part 54, page 35) assembly and perhaps tapping the hole(s). One hole for securing the dust chute is on the arbor side of the bearing arm assembly at point E (Figure 5, page 11 of the PM2000 Table Saw On-line manual). The placement of E could make drilling the hole difficult without removing the motor, and even with the motor removed I am not sure access to drill the hole for fastener E would be available.

There is a second fastener that also appears to hold the chute in place, at the bottom of the chute, D in Figure 5 on page 11 of the manual. It appears there is a mounting flange for the dust chute is cast into the PM2000 bearing arm. On my PM66 this area where D would fasten is open so some kind of assembly would have to be engineered and installed if D would continue to act as a fastening point. I would think that at least two fasteners to hold the shroud in place would be needed to keep the shroud from coming loose and contacting the blade.

The manual to which I referred is at…

A call to Powermatic Technical Support might be helpful. Perhaps they have a retrofit kit or could provide some helpful guidance.

But if you are willing to drill some holes and have the patience, the PM2000 dust chute could probably be successfully installed.

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