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Forum topic by JohnDean posted 194 days ago 571 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JohnDean

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194 days ago

I’ve been wanting to upgrade my old Craftsman Benchtop saw for a while and have been suffering paralysis by analysis. Last week I pulled the trigger on a super cheap 2006 Powermatic 66. I couldn’t resist. Everytime I’d google saw info a Lumberjocks post was at or near the top. So here I am.

I usually woodwork out of necessity and do enjoy it.

The saw I picked up only has the 30” fence and the laminate extension which has been well used. I’d like to replace the extension with a cast wing extension and then build the rest. This saw doesn’t have a cast wing on the right side at all.

Is there any place/website that sells these types of parts used?

Thanks for all the info so far,
John


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 194 days ago

I would locate the nearest to you Powermatic Authorized Service Center and have them order the part for you.

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jonah

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#2 posted 194 days ago

It’s relatively difficult to find cast iron extension wings. Your best bet there is to scrounge through Craigslist, look for a broken/poor condition saw with comparably-sized wings, and buy it for parts.

You could also talk to a place that repairs machinery. They may have some wings from broken saws they haven’t sold for scrap. Or try a scrap yard. Offer them twice what they pay for cast-iron table saw wings.

There’s virtually no place I know of you can buy cast iron wings for any reasonable price. If anyone else knows differently, I’m interested to hear about it.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 194 days ago

You might look on e-bay.

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jonah

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#4 posted 194 days ago

I can’t picture the shipping charge for a ~60lb cast iron table saw wing, but I imagine it won’t be cheap. Worth a shot I guess.

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 194 days ago

What’s the advantage of having cast iron there?

A laminate covered surface is easy to keep flat and slick. It’s also easy to sling a router under it. If you can scarify the old laminate surface with your belt sander you can roll out some WB contact and lay a new piece of laminate down and be ready to rock and roll at KPM, 66 on your dial!

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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JohnDean

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#6 posted 193 days ago

Thanks for the ideas. I don’t have any excuse or need other than I’d just like to have one on both sides. There’s a powermatic distrubution place a couple miles from me but they want quite a bit more for it compared to the PM2000 wings which are bigger. It seems a little too high but I guess it’s a supply/demand thing.

I found one on ebay the other day but the guy wanted $50 just to package it plus shipping. That would have made the s&h about $140.

Lee, I already have a router table so no need to put one of those in it. Don’t worry it won’t stop me from using it, it’s just one of those keep my eyes open things.

I wonder if that would be included in the 10-15% sales that Woodcraft runs on Powermatic occasionally?

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RickLoDico

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#7 posted 193 days ago

I have the same saw. I had an extra wing that I sold for 100.00. I would estimate that a new one would be in the 200.00 range. I sold it because it just wasn’t necessary. Save your money.

-- He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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JohnDean

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#8 posted 193 days ago

I know, I know, but I’m sure you also know how it is when you just want something. It’s an OCD type of thing. I’m not in a hurry. I’ll either find one eventually or I’ll just keep on working without it.

I wished a new one was only $200. They’re quite a bit more than that from Powermatic.

On another note. I do want to clean and lube the trunions and adjustments. Has anyone used dry graphite lube? Any reason I shouldn’t?

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jonah

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#9 posted 192 days ago

I’m assuming (never having owned a PM 66) that the saw has standard 27” depth wings. If that’s the case, any 27” wing will fit – you don’t need to get a Powermatic one. Any old Delta, Jet, or Craftsman wing will fit. Worst comes to worst you might have to drill a new mounting hole or two.

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CJIII

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#10 posted 192 days ago

Great deal.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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JohnDean

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#11 posted 192 days ago

Yeah, I loooked for other options. The table is 28” so even the PM2000 wing won’t work. I will say that the Jet xacta wing is the exact same as the PM2000 wing with different color paint for about half the price if anyone wants the knowledge. They are even both available from the same Powermatic/Jet service center.

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hydro

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#12 posted 192 days ago

Lee had the right idea. Just make your own extension wing (I made mine from birch ply) and attach it to the fence rails. A coat of thinned poly covered with paste wax will make it velvet smooth to use.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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JohnDean

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#13 posted 192 days ago

Yeah even if I find a wing I’ll still have to build about a 24” wing in addition. I’m not worried about it. I’d still like to have a cast wing on the right side.

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Glen Peterson

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#14 posted 192 days ago

I refurbished an older PM 66 a few years ago. I have photos and some narrative in my shop photos and projects. I have the shorter cast iron extensions, but I build a long extension table to fit between the long fence guide bars congratulations, and then some drawers under the extension table for table saw related accessories. I upgraded from a craftsman contractors saw too.
Cheers

-- Glen

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