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Topic tags/keywords: jointer

8 foot bed and a new blade protector.

New Shelix cutting head ( these cutters are sharper than razor blades)

New 3 Hp motor and new twist belts

New safety switch

I just finish putting my Powermatic 60 back together.
For the fun of it I made a 1/4” deep x8” wide cut in poplar, the motor did not even bog down.

I have about $1100.00 in this jointer but I hope to be able to sale my Delta 6” jointer for around $300.00 and the motor which comes out of the Powermatic for around $125.00.
So my total cost for a Powermatic 60 would be around $700.00, not a bad deal I believe.
Thank you for reading.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 743 days ago

1/4”!!!!! THATS DEEP!
Well, Popular is a soft wood, and Its a 3 HP motor..
Glad everything came well..
So, Are you getting the Grizzly?
Than you can ship the Powermatic to me free of charge :D?

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#2 posted 743 days ago

Very good Bert, congratulations on a fine jointer.

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#3 posted 742 days ago


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#4 posted 742 days ago

Really looks nice. Hardly notice the fix to the table. 3hp, 8ft tables, and the shelix head….impressive stuff.

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#5 posted 742 days ago


You did a good job.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 742 days ago

Big investment looks like something that will last a long time. Good luck with you rehabed jointer Bert.

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#7 posted 742 days ago

Congrats, thats a nice jointer.

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#8 posted 742 days ago

Bert—How did you repair to outfeed table? Looks great!


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#9 posted 742 days ago

Very nice job. That is fun stuff u r doing.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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#10 posted 742 days ago

Gerry , the table was welded and re-machined.
The guy who did that, did it on Saturday morning because he was three days late to do it .
He was in hurry to go home.
In my opinion he could have done a better job if he had taken more time to do it.

Jerry, you are right.
I, in fact, have more fun/interest rebuilding my machines then using them.
I would not mind having a small business refurbishing wood-working equipment but I doubt that here much money in it.
May be in a few years when I retire I will do that.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 742 days ago

I still have to adjust/shim the tables which are not co-planar and the fence.

My next project will be either be a 15” or 20” planer or a 16” or 18” band saw.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 742 days ago

Gotta love those Harbor Freight green belts….

Looks good!

I’m far from any kind of welding expert… but I’ve often heard that welding cast iron is tricky…

Did the guy use a TIG welder? Or sticks?

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#13 posted 742 days ago

ssnvet, he used stick, high nickel rods I believe.

Now I polished it the repair is even less visible.
I also painted the bottom.

For all other: thank you for your compliments and encouragements.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 742 days ago

The twist belts from HF works very well and the best part is that I can adjust the length, thing obviously impossible with normal V-Belts

-- Bert

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#15 posted 673 days ago

8 foot bed? I thought these were more like 5 or 6 feet long.

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