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David

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10-24-2012 04:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer used powermatic 60

I’m looking at a powermatic model 60 (8”) jointer from a consignment shop. The only thing they know about it is that it is wired for 110V and runs when they turn it on. Besides checking the tables for parallel is there anything else I should check? They’re asking $650 which includes delivery.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/


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knotscott

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 05:00 PM

It could be a nice deal if it checks out. Check the sound of the bearings by spinning the cutterhead. Check that the fence is straight. Check that it runs smoothly. $600 would be a better deal and is a very reasonable offer IMO.

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#2 posted 10-24-2012 05:20 PM

That’s about fair, meaning what a Powermatic 8” with cabinet,
guard and motor is worth on the used market. Make sure
the gib screws are tight and the cutterhead spins freely by
hand before trying it under power.

Powermatic’s reputation is partially because they would
cast the parts and then put the new iron out in the yard
for several months to let it move before machining it.
Most light machinery makers don’t do that, so there’s
some inherent consistency from machine to machine
with old Powermatic you may not find with other brands.

I guess what I’m saying is that even if it needs a little shimming
and clean-up, it may be less of a headache than a new
machine with casting/machining problems from Asia.

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 05:22 PM

Can you pick it up? I mean, deliver it to yohttp://lumberjocks.com/topics/42645#urself? It’s a precision instrument and you never know how many knuckledraggers would be assigned to this task.

These jointers come apart pretty easily and obviously, so you have the tool, the stand and the motor.

And by that time you might as well replace the bearings and the belt.

I have this tool and it is a delight. Recommended, and I agree six bills is a slightly better price.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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David

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 05:45 PM

I was able to talk to the actual owner of the machine and he struck me as a great guy to buy tools from. He had it for for over 20 years and seems to have maintained it well, replaced the blades with carbide blades, had them sharpened regularly, and claims he checked it for parallel every time he used it (seems excessive but I’m OK with that).

I did a little more digging and it’s being sold by a small machinery wholesale company that has been around since the early 90s. It’’s about a 3 hour drive each way though so I’m inclined to let them just deliver it.

That’s interesting about powermatic letting the castings sit before machining, I’m sure the asia tool companies don’t do that.

Thanks for the help, with any luck this will be a tool that lasts longer than I do.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 06:25 PM

Sounds like a good deal to me! If you could get it for $600, that would be a great deal! I see 6’’ powermatic jointer sell for $400 all the time. Good luck!

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Straightbowed

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 02:45 AM

there is a like new powermatic in nashville fot 1000 bucks it is showroom quality

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David

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 10:14 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice, I ended up buying it a week ago and spent part of the weekend (not including the packer game) cleaning it up, oiling the moving parts, and repacking the cutter head bearings. It still has some work to do, but I ran some boards through it and what a machine! I’ve been using an old Rockwell/Delta 4” model with a 24” bed for a few years and this thing just blows it out of the water.

I started a post on my blog that I’ll be updating with photos and videos of the restore process if anybody is interested. Check it out at http://davidwahl.org/2012/11/new-to-me-powermatic-60-8-inch-jointer/

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 11:30 PM

I would be interested in knowing how you were able to repack the bearings , and what you used ?

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#9 posted 11-09-2012 12:09 AM

Enjoy,their good machines.

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#10 posted 11-09-2012 01:02 AM

David, you got yourself a classic tool there. ENJOY!!!!

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David

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#11 posted 11-09-2012 04:44 AM

@Dusty – I used a utility knife blade to pry the seals out of the bearings (using the dull side) and then packed them with a standard high temp bearing grease (non-moly). I added some photos and a more detailed description to my blog, let me know if you want any clarification. Looks like you have a similar machine? http://davidwahl.org/2012/11/new-to-me-powermatic-60-8-inch-jointer/

@Jim & Todd – Hard to explain how excited I am about this tool, but I think you guys understand :)

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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MedicKen

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#12 posted 11-09-2012 11:00 AM

I would have just replaced the bearings instead of trying to repack them. You paid more for the grease than it would have cost for the 2 bearings.

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David

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#13 posted 11-09-2012 02:06 PM

@Ken – Where can you find the bearings for that cheap? The cheapest I was able to find was at least $3-5 per side not counting shipping. A tube of grease costs about $3 and I only used a couple of pumps from the grease gun.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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Dusty56

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#14 posted 11-10-2012 12:05 AM

My original bearings are from New Departure (no longer in business).
I was able to get replacements from a company out of Florida….Less than $10 including shipping for the set : )
I hope your seals were rubber …mine are steel , and there doesn’t appear to be any way to pry them out and replace them without damaging them , and no guaranty that they would retain the grease afterwards.
My machine is vintage 1956-7 : ) I’ve reconditioned it and hope to post it here soon : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dusty56

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#15 posted 11-10-2012 12:21 AM

I just checked out your link and saw the rubber-ish seals.
You were fortunate not to damage the bearings with that two legged puller. It is pulling on the outside rim of the bearing assembly , and not the inside where all of the tension is on a press fit bearing. If your seals were metal , they would have been crushed and stopped the bearings from turning. Ask me how I know…. LOL : )
I also use that red grease on a lot of projects , including my jointers’ dovetailed ways and the threads on the table height adjusters. Good stuff : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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