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03-14-2014 02:30 AM

I purchased a PM66 saw last night for what I think was an very good deal at $350. The table has a lot of rust that will clean up, the saw ran well and sounded good with no vibration. As near as I could tell, it is in great mechanical shape. It came with the standard Accufence. The serial number is 9766612. I think this indicates it is a 1997 model year. ( I will attempt to attach a picture)

I have a few questions for those with experience with this saw.

1.) Is $350 as good a deal as I think it is?

2.) What are my best options for a riving knife if available, or a splitter and blade guard. The saw has none of these things. I have read some threads on this site and a few others, but most of them are dated. Most seem to recommend the Beisemeyer splitter, the Sharkguard, and microjig for a splitter. Are there any newer options? What about a guard to go in combination with one of the above?

3.) How heavy is this thing? I am planning on renting a truck with a lift gate to move it. (picking it up Saturday) I eventually want to put it on a mobile base. Thinking about buying a base at Woodcraft and putting it on to roll it on the the lift gate. Any experience or ideas with that?

4.) I need a manual. I have found several on Vintage Machinery, but they don’t specify which years (except for a couple from the early eighties) Are all these saws basically the same, or do I need a manusl specifically for a 1997? if so any other sources to locate one.

5.) Lastly, anything I should do/check for set up before I try to use this saw? Lubrication? it has been in a garage in Indiana and has not been used much for a couple of years.

Thanks for the help and input. I really appreciate it


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#1 posted 03-14-2014 02:34 AM

OK, I’m going to let someone like knotscott answer most, but I can answer #1

$350 for that saw is gloat-worthy, especially if it is single phase and not 3 phase. In the grand LJ tradition of honoring incredible deals:

You suck!

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 02:52 AM

#3

The cabinet, motor, and top(not including the wings) are a little over 500lbs.

I would suggest removing the rails and extension wings for transport. Width wise on a mobile it’s too long to fit on a box truck lift gate leaving the only option of loading precarious I would imagine.

Like JayT said KnottScott will probably have better info.

$350? you stole that! I just bought a brand new SC saw for $500 I would have driven 500 miles to get that saw at $350!

You suck! ;)

Paul

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 04:33 AM

You got an awesome price. I searched in my area for months for something similar. 8-$1200 and they went quickly. I love my UNI but a 66 is what I wanted. Quality machine. That flag on the front means something.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 04:41 AM

Naw, you paid way too much. I’ll be over in a little bit and take it off your hands for $250, that way you’ll only be out $100 bucks.

Just joking!

Great buy.

Enjoy.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 04:54 AM

When I bought my used / new to me Unisaw I picked it up and dragged it home using my 8×8 tilt bed snowmobile trailer. Worked great so if you can borrow a tilt bed that’s all ya need.

I’ll add on more you suck to the list. Seems like a killer deal!! Especially if it’s a single phase.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 04:54 AM

Awesome deal and so jealous. Of course you suck. Congrats!

Riving Knife – check out BORK

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 05:04 AM

Wow, sounds like an awesome deal!

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 06:04 AM

Jayt, plk, bbc557ci and worksintheory,

Cant remember the last time I felt so good about someone telling me “I suck”. I was very lucky. I have been cruising CL for 4 months looking for one of these (checking online 3-5 times daily for table saws). I happened to do a search in Indy for just “tools”, nothing specific (it didn’t show under table saw). I saw this and immediately responded. Turns out, the guys wife had just posted it 5 minutes ago. She responded within 10 minutes and said she had 20 inquiries already, but I was first. I told her I was leaving NOW and do not sell! she said she would hold it and we made the deal. I feel very fortunate. Right time right place lots of luck.
I consider myself a good craftsman and have done a lot of projects with limited tools. I am just now getting to a point in my life (put 5 kids through college) where I can start investing in my passion of woodworking and buy some nice tools to do things the right way. I will lean on all of you to help and guide me on this venture going forward. I look forward to being part of your community and learning all I can.
PLK and bbc557ci..thanks for the input on transport
I look forward to sharing my experiences and tapping in to all of yours as I move forward in this new frontier.
I will post pics as I do some minor restore and clean up of this American Icon saw. Thanks for the “you Sucks”!

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 06:09 AM

bbc5571. Yes it is single phase.

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 06:20 AM

No offense but I hate you even more knowing it’s single phase!

Great find!

Just spent $500 on a new saw that I thought I got a great deal on. This deal trumps any deal I’ve seen since I’ve been a member.

Paul

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#11 posted 03-14-2014 06:37 AM

Paul,

Lets see how it plays out. It ran well and seems to be good mechanically, but I want to get it home and check it all out to make sure it all checks out. I think it plays out well because the folks I am buying it from are very genuine good Midwest people…but…you never know with machinery what you could encounter.

Just on the surface:
$150 for a splitter and more if I want a guard. $55 bucks for the truck to move it, plus .99 per mile = another $50 per mile total. Whatever I spend in rehab…it can really start adding up…I know even up to $1200-$1300 in total cost its still a great deal, but I could see getting there with a total refurb. We’ll see how it plays out and then see if it’s still a great deal

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 09:21 AM

Wow…congrats on a great deal. Was the 5 gallon chew toy included?! ;-) IIRC, it weighs 600# without the fence, closer to 600# with the fence….their meehanite cast iron is heavier than most. AFAIK, the BORK will not fit that saw, so those you mentioned, or making something are the options…..maybe a Sharkguard will fit….check with Lee Styron. Take lots of pics of the refurb!

I found 1983 manuals the same place you did…. PM’s CS might have a lead.
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=6140
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=6139

...and a 2001:
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=3327

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 03-15-2014 02:55 AM

Thanks Knotscott. I will check it out

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#14 posted 03-19-2014 11:10 AM

Nice find.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 03-19-2014 01:01 PM

I hear sirens in the distance. I have the sharkguard on my unisaw, it has a well built splitter, sturdy guard and overhead dust collection. Only problem is you have to remove it for narrow cuts and dados.

-- Jim from Kansas

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