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11-05-2012 10:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

I just won an auction sight unseen for 2 Table Saws and a Radial arm saw for a little under three bills. It looks like they are in rough but repairable shape, if not the scrap cost and motors should cover my money. I’ll find out when I pick them up later this week. I’d like some opinions about what I can expect and if it’s worthwhile to work on restoring one or all of these tools.
It appears to me to be a Powermatic 66 form the mid to late 80’s, A Rockwell/Delta Unisaw with a biesmeyer type fence rail and a Delta X series Radial Arm Saw.

What say the Jocks?
Treasure or Trash?

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 11:29 PM


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#2 posted 11-05-2012 11:32 PM

I’d say that the additional contribution of a little elbow grease will make the original three bills look like a pretty savvy investment.

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 11:32 PM

Although I’ve never tried buying and reselling machinery, I know people tend to like buying nice shiny clean things. Clean up some of the rust, get the cob webs out, get them running, maybe powder coat the case, and they should be at least a lot easier to sell.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA.,

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 12:02 AM

Treasure, treasure, and treasure! I wouldn’t let the miter gauges, inserts or fences out of my sight, though…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 12:14 AM

Are they single or three phase?

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 12:19 AM

Treasure for sure.

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 12:19 AM

sounds like a gloat to me…

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#8 posted 11-06-2012 01:10 AM

Are they single or three phase?

great question!

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

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#9 posted 11-06-2012 01:35 AM

From what I can see of the switch, they are most likely single phase, though not guaranteed. It should say clearly on the motor plate.
Yes, you could gloat a LOT about this. Agree that it is well worth your time to clean them up if you intend to re-sell them.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#10 posted 11-06-2012 01:42 AM

I’ve no idea what phase the TS are. If my middle school shop is any metric they should be 1 phase 3hp. I know the X series Radial Arm is 1 phase for sure so with those tow together Id hazard to say they are 1 phase.
If these both start up and the fences aren’t missing (which I suspect the are) this may turn into a gloat. Either way that Powermatic will stay in my shop, I’m currently using a Rockwell contractors saw with a unifence.

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#11 posted 11-06-2012 01:54 AM

Being a member of the site (where they like to refurb. such tools); for a find like that, only one quote comes to mind. YOU SUCK!!!! I all reality, nice auction win. Let put it this way, the radial is probably worth 3bills alone.

-- bobbburk

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#12 posted 11-09-2012 08:30 PM

All single phase, no fences which is a bummer but expected. Saw the Unisaw motor while I was under there but havent looked at the Pm yet.

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#13 posted 11-09-2012 08:33 PM

Gloat worthy without a doubt along with the customary You Suck!

Thats one heck of a way to introduce yourself AG. Welcome to the gang.

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#14 posted 11-09-2012 08:34 PM

Single phase, is good, though! Greatly increases potential resale audience.

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#15 posted 11-09-2012 08:49 PM

Oh I meant there to be a period there.
All single phase: good.
No fences: not bad but I was hoping they were just out of frame.
Any idea why the PM 66 would have a 7 ish inch blade?

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