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Forum topic by jbay posted 04-26-2017 12:05 AM 817 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jbay

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04-26-2017 12:05 AM

Just picked this up off of Craigslist for 300.00
12” – 5 hp, 3 phase
Came with the green 52” Biesemeyer fence

It’s a little rough but we’ll see how it looks after a little clean up. I’m not going to do a restore or anything, just want to clean it up and use the hell out of it.
I wasn’t able to start it but everything felt tight and turned good with no noise, but I’ll see when I get it wired up.
That will be the first thing I do before I start on anything else.
For 300 bucks I think it was worth the chance.



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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 12:06 AM

Hopefully it runs out well.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 12:42 AM

It’ll be fine, congrats on a great score!

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 03:17 AM

GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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HokieKen

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 01:19 PM

Great buy IMO. For $300, I would have taken a chance on it. Even if you have to buy a new motor, you should still come out ahead.

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

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jbay

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#5 posted 06-10-2017 11:43 PM

Progress.

Pulled the motor out and found it’s only 3hp. Kind of disappointed that it’s not 5
Original motor had been replaced and pulley’s don’t match, so i’m still working through that.
I still have to button up the electrical, and I don’t care for the red base so I’m going to change that.
I may make a new base that is bigger than the saw box, like the new Powermatic saws have.
That’s it for now.

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 06-11-2017 02:59 AM

so is it still 3 phase or not ? :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 06-11-2017 03:22 AM

I’d say it’s still a great deal. Good for you. Even a 3HP 12” saw is going to cut whatever you need…for the rest of your life…until you find something you want more…Congrats.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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jbay

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#8 posted 06-11-2017 05:04 AM

Thanks Dwain,
I test cut 3 pieces of 3/4” PB glued together, cut right through without even slowing.
All the gears and wheels turn smooth and easy, it’s still a good saw.

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#9 posted 06-11-2017 05:17 PM

$300 for a 12” Powermatic is a steal even if it needs a little work.
Run it with the 3HP motor a while. I’d be very surprised if you find a need to go to more HP.
Congrats!
Rodney

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 06-11-2017 06:25 PM

I agree the 3 HP is plenty big, but trying it for a while will confirm whether it suits you or not.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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jbay

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#11 posted 06-12-2017 01:47 PM

Thanks Rodney,

I have 3hp Unisaw now. I was hoping to get the 5 hp for ripping bigger stock when needed.
3hp is good, but it’s not for everything.
Maybe the older 3hp will be the same as a new 5hp (the way they rate things). lol

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#12 posted 06-12-2017 04:57 PM

Assuming the same rotation speed 12” blade requires 1.44 more power than 10” blade

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