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Forum topic by CL810 posted 10-14-2010 03:11 PM 7683 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2010 03:11 PM

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This weekend I’m going to look at a PM 141 bandsaw. Right now all I know is the bandsaw has been in an industrial arts school and is 3 phase. They are asking $450.00.

Any help on what to look for when inspecting it will be deeply appreciated. Also does the price sound right assuming it is in average condition?


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#1 posted 10-14-2010 04:06 PM

The 141 is a great saw. $450 seems high to me though. Take a close look at all the usual suspects, the trunnions for the table, upper and lower wheel bearings, tilt/tracking mechanism, guides etc. Depending on age, my guess its a metallic green with white racing stripe model, which would be a mid to late 70’s model, you can almost guarantee having to replace the wheel bearings, motor bearings, tires and possibly the guides to make a functional bandsaw. If so, expect on spending about $200 in repairs, figure that in to the offer and explain to the seller what you feel would be a reasonable offer. Also look at the motor and see if it is a factory motor. Powermatic used Baldor, Robbins & Myers and Leeson as suppliers. If it a 3ph, which is possible, and you don’t have 3ph at the shop, you will also have to figure a way to power the machine. One way is to swap motors, I vote against that option. Another is to buy and use a VFD. The VFD is really nice and a fairly inexpensive way to run 3ph machines off single phase power. I have 3 machines using VFD’s now and love them. The third option is a rotary phase converter, but you will need an electrician to wire it, another cost to include. Here is a copy of the dirty paper for the 141.

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 03:38 AM

Thanks for the unbelievable help! I downloaded the manual and printed it and can’t wait to check it out. Thanks again. This could only happen on LumberJocks!

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