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Forum topic by myxology posted 10-26-2017 02:24 AM 908 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2017 02:24 AM

Hey gang, I know this is the right place to ask…. As you can see from the photos, I’m missing something on my band saw. It’s a long story, but I’m looking for a replacement. I’m too cheap to go to Carter for $200 so I am looking to see if anybody knows an off brand that just has the assembly and the bearings for the blade guides. Otherwise I’m thinking about making my own out of wood a la Matthias Wandel. I cannot seem to find a source for this which is surprising to me. I was thinking there would surely be an old tool place online or a replacement. Thoughts? Help? Thanks!!

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#1 posted 10-26-2017 02:37 AM

My neck hurts trying to look at those pictures. And a model number of the saw would be handy so we know what machine we are talking about.


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#2 posted 10-26-2017 11:23 AM

It appears to me that you are missing the blade guides. Knowing the make and model of the saw will allow you to order the proper replacement parts an a owners manual.

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#3 posted 10-26-2017 11:33 AM

Looks like you have replaced the blade guides with a stabilizer. You would do this if you wanted to make tight curves. Now where did the blade guides go?

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#4 posted 10-26-2017 12:54 PM

Ah… Note to self: Joking about missing something on the bandsaw may not translate to text. Yes, I know I am missing the blade guides. Sorry. This is an old Powermatic, model 044. I have talked with somebody at Southern Tools before about trying to find parts for this thing but it’s difficult. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#5 posted 10-26-2017 01:01 PM

Normally with the stabilizer, you replace the top guides and back off the lower guides.

Are the lower guides on the saw. If yes, you could buy the parts for just the top guide. Call Carter and ask about just buying a top guide.

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#6 posted 10-26-2017 02:21 PM

I would have the blues also ..if my saw was laying on its side :<))

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#7 posted 10-26-2017 05:02 PM

This fit. It may not.

The shaft design looks similar enough to the
old Powermatic saws that the hole sizes may
be the same.

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#8 posted 10-26-2017 11:18 PM

You could try owwm,net or vintage

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#9 posted 10-27-2017 03:25 AM

Have you tried calling Powermatic tech support? I find them very helpful and they stock quite a lot of parts for the older machines (but not everything).

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#10 posted 10-27-2017 03:48 AM

If you are taking pictures with an iphone turn the phone horizontally and they should display properly.

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#11 posted 10-28-2017 01:03 AM

Or do a saveable edit. Big or small. As long as it’s edited. I usually rotate a degree one way or the other.

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#12 posted 10-28-2017 01:22 AM

I admit that I have never heard of a PM44 bandsaw until now… it apparently wasn’t made for very long and appears to be a fairly rare beast. What year was yours made (can be determined by the serial number)? Powermatic apparently has no information on it or its parts either, as I punched in the part numbers for the upper (6286199) and lower (6286200) guides that are listed in the manual, and it came back empty.

The guides do seem rather odd and fairly simplistic though. I’m surprised Carter has some, but they would be an option – although a fairly expensive one. But looking at the parts involved, it doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult to make your own.


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#13 posted 10-28-2017 01:27 AM

Those were around in the late 90s when they
first sold the Artisan table saws from Taiwan.

Later Powermatic went over to a cast iron Delta
clone for the 14” saw.

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