|Forum topic by Bothus||posted 04-03-2013 12:42 AM||2912 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
04-03-2013 12:42 AM
Our mill guy dodged a bullet.
We have an older Powermatic 17-1/2” Jointer and as he was adjusting the infeed table height he said it suddenly collapsed on him and the front edge of the table went into cutters.
At first I thought he must have done something wrong but after I took it apart I discovered that the two bolts supporting the front of the of the table had sheared off.
This caused the table to collapse an the cutter distroyed the the aluminum trim on the front edge of the table (OH, so THAT’S why that’s there).
Silvers of aluminum shot across the room in all directions but none of them hit our guy. Incredible.
This brings me to my purpose for this post. I need to replace those bolts (studs really but don’t try searching for studs on the internet).
The model of this jointer FS.430 and the part number of the stud is FS00181 but Powermatic does not support this product. They referred me to SAC America (since this was built by SAC for Houdaille) but I can find no trace of that company. I emailed SAC in Italy but have not heard back.
One of Powermatic’s Service Centers told me to contact Scott Redmond in Atlanta (Redmond Machinery) because he bought up all the old Powermatic spare parts in the world.
I did contact Scott (very nice guy) but unfortunately he only bought up all the Powermatic spare parts for machines made in Tennessee not Italy.
The studs are M12 and are 110mm long. The thread on one end is 1.75mm and is 37mm long. The thread on the other end is 1.25mm and is 47mm long.
I’ve tried Grainer, McMaster-Carr, ARP-Bolts etc. to no avail. These thing just look like heavy-duty head bolts which make me think they have to exist out there somewhere.
Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.
I’ll post photos if I can get Photobucket to work.
Thanks in advance.
-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.