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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 11-17-2016 10:22 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2016 10:22 PM

Well, I was going to go to an auction last weekend to look into getting a PM66 they were going to list. Unfortunately, the auction was cancelled so I set up some CL alerts and this came up. Haven’t brought it home yet but just put some cash down and the buyer is going to hold it until Saturday. IT IS BIG. Going to rehab and use. Not planning on a full restore.

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#1 posted 11-17-2016 10:24 PM

I think it was made in 96 so I guess it’s not that old.

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#2 posted 11-17-2016 10:57 PM

That’s a beast! You’ll never need another saw, that’s for sure. Have fun with the rehab.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 11-17-2016 10:59 PM

That is a beast of a machine… much more so than the PM66. Couple of things to consider though – it has a 1” arbor, so you will probably not be able to find many blades locally – but you can go up to a 14” blade which is a plus. Also, that thing has a static phase converter, meaning that 1) it’s a 3 phase motor, and 2) it will be reduced in power by about 1/3 from what it’s rated at.

The first two digits of the serial number give the date made… can’t really tell from the picture if that is 86 or 96, but based on the paint color, it does appear to be a ‘96 (from ‘82 to ‘95 they were painted a metalic gold, and in 1996 to present, they switched to that ‘mustard’ yellow).

Cheers,
Brad

PS: That Biesemeyer fence is missing it’s laminate skins – so they will need to be replaced along with the rubber t-moulding around the edges.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 11:10 PM

I was hoping you would chime in unix. The Baldor motor is 7.5hp so 5hp should be plenty even with the taller blade since it’s geared lower.

Blades are going to be tough, especially a dado stack but I can also run 12” blades too if necessary. It comes with some blades but I didn’t dig through and see how good they were. I can order what I need once I get it up and running.

Paid $700 for the saw and converter. Going to go ghetto and do a Rubbermaid container motor cover and a pieces of thin sheet metal over the front with magnets to handle dust collection. Will probably get the bell brand stuff later but I have other things to spend money on. Hoping all goes well with the wiring/install of the converter.

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#5 posted 11-17-2016 11:14 PM

Also, I have the same fence on my contractor setup with the fancy plastic edges I added after I bought that. I plan to use those on this fence so that problem is solved already. Just need a good cleaning/scotch pad on the fence rail with some wax. This thing is ugly, it’s unfortunately going to stay that way but at least it’ll get used a lot.

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#6 posted 11-17-2016 11:15 PM

Jay, that was the plan. This will be my last saw. A little TLC and she should be good to go.

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#7 posted 11-17-2016 11:45 PM

I wonder How the iron around the insert got cut?

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#8 posted 11-17-2016 11:53 PM

I noticed that as well. But it doesn’t change the fact, that is an awesome saw! I’ve always wanted a Powermatic T66 had to settle for a Delta x5. Your 72 is in a league by itself.

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#9 posted 11-17-2016 11:55 PM

I was wondering too Mike. It’s actually the second 72 I’ve seen with that based on what I’ve found online for this machine. I don’t know if it’s actually cuts or chips but still curious about it. I’ll get a better look at the underside of the table when I get it home this weekend. The trunnion runs silky smooth both up and down and to bevel.

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#10 posted 11-18-2016 12:03 AM

The PM 72 and Delta 12/14 are both great saws, they tend to be overlooked in favor of the 66 and Uni and I never understood why, they often sell for less than their counterparts. Blades are not an issue just run 12” blades which have better cutting geometry anyway. If you have high quality blades or a dado set you want to continue to use just have them rebored any good saw service can do it.

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#11 posted 11-18-2016 12:26 AM

cool find i’m sure it will be a beast when restored

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#12 posted 11-18-2016 02:24 AM

Nice saw, the 72A can use a 14” blade but it wont retract all the way down. The table is about 38” deep, gives about 8” more table distance to the blade then a 10” saw. Most often on saws this size, the switch is over on the right side, because it becomes more dangerous to stand in front of the blade “like the sawstop inventor does”. This series of saw is not a toy, so be careful.

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#13 posted 11-18-2016 02:30 AM

Nice score! Welcome to the PMOC (Powematic owners club). Your initiation is to swap even for my PM63. I’ll even let you deliver. ;-p

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 11-18-2016 02:32 AM

Thanks for the tips unbob. Actually the 72A can retract the 14” all the way down. The 72 can’t. I do plan to move the switch, actually I’ll probably be changing it from the light switch to a proper on/off switch with a bigger off lever.

I’ll be looking at making/getting a splitter working on this as well. I don’t have one on my old Rockwell and wish I did so I’ll get something going for more safety.

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#15 posted 11-18-2016 02:48 AM

Thanks Kenny, way to nice of you. Most of my stuff is pretty old already. I do have an old green powermatic 95 scroll saw. It’s a big beast as well, honestly not my favorite though because blade changes suck big time on that. Run as quiet as a sewing machine though. I only bought that because it was $75 at a yard sale and it worked minus a small piece I got off OWWM for free.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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