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Forum topic by TurbineTester posted 04-18-2011 09:59 PM 1987 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TurbineTester

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04-18-2011 09:59 PM

This weekend I traded my Delta Contractor Table saw with Cast Iron Top, and aftermarket Mule Cab fence system, which is pictured here…
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33255
for a 1982, 5 horse power, 3 phase, Powermatic 66 table saw. It has two large extensions, one small one, 50+ in Beisemeyer type fence. The motor was recently rebuilt, the bearings have been replaced, and the inside and outside have been repainted. The fence has been refinished and powder coated and is in fairly pristine condition. The guy had it collecting dust in his garage and was interested in a smaller table saw that would be easier to setup and use. So he came over and looked at my saw and offered to just trade me straight up, saw for saw. He’s even throwing in a 5hp 3 phase converter. More pictures are to follow. What do you guys think so far?

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TurbineTester

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 10:04 PM

And the guy had also covered the 4 in dust port that was close to the floor, and rewelded another one a little higher up, so it no longer interferes with a rolling base.

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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DonH

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 10:41 PM

How do these things happen to other people but never me??

Good deal guy – genuine tool gloat!

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#3 posted 04-19-2011 12:04 AM

How do you sleep at night? LOL

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TurbineTester

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#4 posted 04-19-2011 12:26 AM

Here it is with the top installed. Haven’t installed the fence yet, obviously. With so much weight in extensions, the center section is bowing down slightly on either end. I’m hoping i can undue the flex when i install the fence rails.

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 12:28 AM

Did you use a gun to rob this man?

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 12:43 AM

You must practice hypnotism or the other guy was on drugs. LOL Great deal ,I’ve had a PM 66 for years .It’s a great saw.
Enjoy.

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Loren

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 12:44 AM

Man, that’s a nice piece of iron.

You see why they call them “table saws”?

Those solid iron extensions are not that common, especially on both sides.
Probably makes it great for crosscutting. The old patternmaker saws
would have a linkage to fix two miter gauges together, one on
either side of the blade – the cuts such setups could make were
extremely square with the stock supported so well on both sides
of the blade.

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Richard

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#8 posted 04-19-2011 01:30 AM

I think you got ripped off and really need to come pickup my 10” benchtop saw and leave that one with me so I can scrap it out for you. I mean since the top is bowing on you you wouldn’t want to use it.

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TurbineTester

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 02:03 AM

@richard – i think you’re right, tell me where you live and i’ll be right there :)

Ok so i have the right thread size machine screws to mount the fence rails to the saw, but the holes are counter sunk and need countersunk flat head screws. Does anyone know if i need 82 or 100 degree heads?

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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#10 posted 04-19-2011 02:49 AM

I have a powermatic 66, but it doesn’t have extensions like that, wow
You are a thief

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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klassenl

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#11 posted 04-19-2011 03:14 AM

Never mind the saw, the phaser is probably worth more than my weekly paycheque.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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TurbineTester

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#12 posted 04-20-2011 01:33 AM

Ok, i have a slight problem i hope you guys can help me with. With all the weight of the extension wings hanging off the center table top, the center section is flexing. With all the wings on, one big one on the left, a big one and a small one on the right, i get about 1/16” of flex in the center section! and by the time i get to the right, it’s nearly 1/4” out of flat. The joint for the small section is partly to blame, since i didn’t do a very good job of shimming it. But that’s seems like too much. When i take the extensions back off, the center section straightens up. I was using blue painters tape for shimming the individual joints and it gave me a good flat from one section to the next. But once it was all together, I’m realizing that there is quite A LOT of weight hanging on about a 1” flange, less than 1/2” thick. What about bolting the fence rails to the center section first, adding and shimming to level one section, and then bolting that extension to the fence rails BEFORE adding the next section help? There are a lot of holes in the rails, but very few of them line up with the holes in the extensions. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. Thanks.

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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bubinga

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#13 posted 04-20-2011 04:33 AM

klassenl

Never mind the saw, the phaser is probably worth more than my weekly paycheque.
I’ll second that !!!!!!!
You definitely need those rails attached to help keep things flat
you can get brass shims at the hardware store, I had to shim my model 66, that had small wings.
You need something better than tape.
Was there a fence on the saw when you got it?

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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TurbineTester

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#14 posted 04-20-2011 06:17 AM

No, the fence was there, and was part of the deal, but the saw was all taken apart. He and i have been working on it in the evenings to get it setup and running. We got some of the flex out and reshimmed the extensions and they are better. Also installed the fence rails and tube and got the fence on and is working, just have to redo the handle part and make some more sacrificial boards for either side of the fence and that will be in business. I’ll post more pics tomorrow. I still have a feeling i’ll need to reshim the big extension on the right. The big one on the left is perfect. Slowly getting it there :)

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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Steve McCracken

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#15 posted 04-20-2011 06:21 AM

Your trade in Central California is a felony. Excellent.

-- Nothing ventured, nothing gained

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