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volpeveneers

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783 days ago

15 years ago I purchased at a school auction a used Powermatic 66 saw. My buddy checked it out and said the saw is in fine shape but I would need to replace the 3 phase motor with a single phase motor to use at home.
I never got around to purchasing a replacement motor and so it sat in my shop for 15 years. We recently downsized houses and I had to make room for the saw in my basement shop. To fit the saw in the door I had to remove the tabletop. I took my first peek at the motor’s plate in 15 years. The plate said it was not 3 phase but 3 HP single phase.

I’m kicking myself because I had not read the plate myself all those years ago. Maybe I should kick my buddy instead.

-- "Trees are evil they must be punished." R. Underhill


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 783 days ago

Good news is….hopefully you are ready to make dust now. Better late than never, but a small kick could still be in order.

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lieutenantdan

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#2 posted 783 days ago

Sad, sad story.

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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MNgary

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#3 posted 783 days ago

Yes, kick your buddy but don’t forget to kick yourself! I mean, I mean you’ve had a Powermatic table saw sittin’ in your workshop for 15 years and yet you just sat there and admired it ???

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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Brandon

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#4 posted 783 days ago

Is your buddy dyslexic? 3hp v 3ph? So sad. But now you have a PM66 that’s ready to go.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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toolie

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#5 posted 783 days ago

remember the golden proverb regarding humans: “never trust anybody”.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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MrRon

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#6 posted 782 days ago

Don’t fret; it could have been worse. You could have gone and bought a 3ph converter and discover you didn’t need it.

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syenefarmer

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#7 posted 782 days ago

All is well that ends well but anyways (tongue in cheek)..........here’s your sign?

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studie

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#8 posted 782 days ago

I love my PM 1968 “66” I bought that was in a high school shop all it’s life, hardly saw a full day of work in it’s life. When I got it home I took it apart to make it light enough to get it off the truck and found the motor to be only a 1.5 HP. It still cuts just fine and the motor is a Baldor nothing finer. She is grey and made in the USA, same as me!

-- $tudie

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 782 days ago

Holy …. I kind of wish i could gave seen your face during tgat “a-hah” moment. Congrats!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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SBRPearce

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#10 posted 782 days ago

I think the applicable quote here is “Trust, but verify.”

-- "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." -Mark Twain

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RussellAP

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#11 posted 782 days ago

You know….the plug should have tipped you off.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 782 days ago

Wow! I guess it pays to keep the Y in DIY….

Look at the bright side, at least you didn’t buy a phase convertor for it.

If the HS shop your saw came out of was anything like the Jr. High shop clase I took, they instructor didn’t let anybody use the TS or BS other than himself. That saw is probably good as new.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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TrBlu

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#13 posted 782 days ago

Wow!!! Think of all the projects you could have done over the past 15 years.

You have a lot of catching up to do. That PM deserves your undivided attention and tlc for a while.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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SnowyRiver

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#14 posted 782 days ago

Thats too bad. We all live and learn.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 782 days ago

Well, at least you still have it and don’t have to buy a motor. It will probably make you a good saw once you get it all set up.

helluvawreck
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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