|Forum topic by steffen707||posted 02-18-2012 06:23 PM||3436 views||1 time favorited||40 replies|
02-18-2012 06:23 PM
Well everybody I thank you for all your discussion about the unisaw I wanted to buy, unfortunately it was sold before I could get it. I know This used powermatic 64 is far from unisaw quality, but I think I did well.
Its set up for 220 and the plate on the motor said its 18amps in 110 or 9amps in 220. It also said 1.5HP, but from some of the calculators online 9 amps 220volt was at 3HP with 100% efficiency and 100% p.f%. So I don’t know if manufacturers now quote with HP ratings so they can make their saw look tougher, but I bet this old motor at 9amps 220 volt is pretty good compared to many sub $700 new table saws. Maybe not…..
$375 including the awesome fence and the cabinet the PO built. It needs a malamine extension to the right, I swapped out the metal casters already for some locking rubber ones I got at harbor freight last night. I’m looking to make an extension cord for it, buy a dial indicator and check for the blade and fense to be square.
My thought in buying this saw was that I can do a couple of projects over the next 6-12 months and if I fall in love with wood working, then I can always upgrade and unless the motor blows on this saw, I should be able to get most of my money out of this setup.
I was reading and some people said a right tilt powermatic like this was actually a 63, but mine says 64 on the side. The PO said he got it in the late 90s, and the fence about 8 years ago.
My only problem is that the insides are kinda dirty and the tilt function is kinda stiff. I don’t know if this just needs a solid cleaning to fix the problem or if there is actually somthing wrong with it.
Here is the fun story of the purchase:
Well I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was, (i mean, I ALWAYS WEAR HEARING PROTECTION, even using my impact driver) and it was quiet. I also always wear eye protection using my table saw, but didn’t have any, so I told him to cut the board, and he was like, “No you go ahead, just hold it tight against the fence (no splitter, riving knife or guard installed, and I wasn’t using a pushing block of any kind. So in the back of my head i’m remembering a recent story somebody on lumberjocks said about cutting a board he’s done 1000s of times and it ends up catching the back of blade and hitting him in the stomach.
I push the board through the blade and made my first cut with my new saw, HOLY SMOKES, cut like butter, smoother than anything my ryobi has ever done (I know the stock ryobi blade is horrible). But man, everything was awesome and I didn’t lose any fingers!
Here are some pictures for you guys.
-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.