|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 09-12-2013 01:31 AM||764 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
09-12-2013 01:31 AM
As many here know I am an auction nut. I use auctions some as fun and some to replace or upgrade. Our hinge boring attachment on drill press broke, so off to searching auctions. I ended up getting a great deal on a Blum minipress.
But to the point, I managed to get a PM 65 for an excellent deal, only paid 82.00 total counting auction fees. It is complete except missing power switch. It has the powermatic version of the biesmeyer fence with 50” cross cut so I figured the fence was worth more then I paid. The last auction Table saw I bought was a 5hp Unisaw with Bies fence, I sold it recently. But this PM has me thinking because except for a good cleaning and fresh coat of paint it would be a good saw and probably nicer than our current Grizzly.
The issue is this. It currently has a 2 HP 3 phase motor. I would certainly have to swap out the motor in order to make it work for us. It would be the primary saw doing 75% of cutting task taking Grizzlies place. I would install a single phase motor about 3 HP. I know where I can get good Leeson replacement motors for PM 66 but I am not sure if frame configuration is same from the PM 66 to the PM 65. So I am thinking a 400.00 motor and a 80.00 power switch and some paint/TLC and we would have a very nice saw for less than 600.
We do have a 10 hp phase converter and we are getting a nice collection of 3 phase equipment. But our current shop is limited on power so we always have to consider power consumption while running machines. But that main saw runs a lot so that would mean our converter would almost need to run non stop and likely would put us over our power capacity from time to time. This next winter we should move into our new shop that will have a full 200 amp service. Then no issues but At this time we have to be careful.
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net