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JPB

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1102 days ago

I recently found myself in need of a table saw so I got this old PM 63 off craigslist (the price was right). Its in pretty good shape and everything seems parallel enough for the cuts I’m making but I have not measured anything. My question is how much precision can I expect out of this old saw, and can anybody tell me where to find a how to as far as tuning it up? it doesn’t have a splitter or blade guard either, does anybody know of one that will fit on it?

Thanks
Joe


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crank49

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#1 posted 1102 days ago

http://www.ozarkwoodworker.com/item/powermatic-63-10-artisans-table-saw-op-part-manual/

This link will get you to a source for a reproduction owner’s manual.

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Craftsman70

241 posts in 759 days


#2 posted 747 days ago

I see its been a year, but I just picked up the same saw on CL and was curious what you did to tune it up? So far I’ve just blown out all the dust and used some steal wool and WD40 on the top. I’m thinking about changing out the belt for a link belt also.

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knotscott

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#3 posted 747 days ago

Alignment and blade selection are the big factors of the end performance. A new high quality blade (or blades) is among the best and easiest methods of getting a performance boost….good blades are available from < $30 if you’re selective. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but spending more usually improves your odds of getting a good one. Most contractor saws do well with a good 3/32” thin kerf blade.

At the very least I’d also add a coat of paste wax to the cast iron surface after you’ve cleaned it. A rust preventer like Boeshield T-9 dried and buffed, followed by paste wax is even better.

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orinmed1

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#4 posted 548 days ago

JPB, Hello! Hey I just bought a 63 to replace a saw with a broken arbor bracket. The 63 is in mint condition and after studying it’s internal organs i noticed both saws to be identical. So I went on a parts search, PM does not makeparts neither does grizzlly but Jet has a saw that matches. So if you need parts you can get them, let me know if you want the matching saw model #, don’t have it in from of me know. Good Luck, Chad

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toolie

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#5 posted 548 days ago

but Jet has a saw that matches.

not too surprising, since they are both owned by the same company, WMH tool group. many of their tools share parts, the powermatics just cost more.

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orinmed1

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#6 posted 548 days ago

Thanks Toolie, I figured they must be, just did not know which company. Thanks for the info. Learn something everyday.

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Craftsman70

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#7 posted 548 days ago

orinmed1, I’d like to know the matching Jet model number?

Others w/ the PM63, is your center cast iron table flat? Mine seems to have a 1/32” dip in the middle, just curious if its just mine.

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orinmed1

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#8 posted 548 days ago

Craftsman70. I do not think I have a dip in the middle but I will check. When I get home I will pass the model number on to you. I do not need parts for my 63 but my old saw needs the arbor bracket. I just got my 63, how do you like yours?

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orinmed1

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#9 posted 547 days ago

Craftsman70 here is the model number…...Jet JWTS-10JF (708301). No I do not have a dip in my table, if anything I may have the opposite but if so it’s maybe 1/64”........that’s like splitting hairs so I am not worried about it. I should check the table on my old saw.

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price

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#10 posted 543 days ago

Which Jet saw is it? I had a local machine shop build up the arbor and re-cut some teeth, but its not quite the same. I suspect it will need a new worm gear before too long because the teeth don’t quite matchup.

Woops, there it is right there! Sorry.

Thanks

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orinmed1

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#11 posted 543 days ago

Price, if you end up replacing your arbor bracket and worm gear let us know how things worked out. Orinmed1

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