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03-31-2014 11:05 PM

So I sort of buy and sell woodworking machinery here and there for fun. Just something I enjoy. Sometimes I might sell and regret later though. We used to run 3 table saws but a past decision I made left us with just 2 table saws (Grizzly and a Unisaw). Today I rectified that issue. I managed to pick up a PM66 at auction for 330.00 plus fees and taxes (still a great deal right at 400).

What makes this a really special deal though, is the fact that I managed to get a Powermatic shaper for a good deal at the same auction. I do not need the shaper but will be able to sell the shaper for enough profit to cover or almost totally cover my cost on the PM66 making the PM66 free or near free.

My only investment to get the PM66 will be time and some small labor involved with transporting and cleaning and setting up.

When I pick up the machines later in the week I will get some pictures. Due to my crazy schedule I will not be able to pick up the machines until late in the week. After a good cleaning, some lube and some minor adjustments, both machines will be very nice.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 11:14 PM

And your point is?????
Bill

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 11:24 PM

Just got excited about landing the PM66. Whenever others get a good deal they list it as a tool gloat, I suppose I was doing the same. Does that clear it up for you Bill????

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 11:31 PM

I need to follow you to auctions. I rarely ever see anything worth buying sell for a reasonable price. Congratulations on your finds.

-- Art

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 11:32 PM

Well you suck….send it to me

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 11:39 PM

Actually I have wanted to run a PM66 in our shop for the last few years. It has not been in the cards for one reason or another (either lack of funds for restoration or lack of time). In the past I have purchased at auction one PM66 saw and one PM65 and both of those saws sold via CL. The PM66 was very rough and I never managed to get it repaired and sold it for a fair CL price. The PM65 I never got set up and sold it via CL. I have managed to be blessed with a fair share of Unisaws but they have all been right tilt. If I am not mistaken, the powermatic is left tilt, or at least the ones I have owned in the past were left tilt. I tend to prefer a left tilt myself.

Down the road I hope to sell the Grizzly and replace it with either an older Unisaw or older PM66.

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 11:43 PM

Thanks Kaleb and Art.

Art, I have actually found auctions to be a much better value than what we often see on CL. Since December I have watched too many awesome deals go to other good people mainly because I was financially not capable of bidding. I watched a newer looking 20” Powermatic bandsaw sell at a government auction here in San Antonio for around 570.00. I was crying that day wishing it were me :)

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#7 posted 04-01-2014 03:45 AM

Congrats on the PM66 Jerry.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 03:46 AM

Thanks Randy, did u ever get RAS?

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#9 posted 04-01-2014 04:22 AM

Looking forward to seeing the shaper and table saw Jerry, congrats

on a great deal.

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 04:32 AM

Buying and selling used machinery financed a lot
of upgrades for me. Usually I will try to use
the machine for awhile and get rid of it if I
come across something I like better.

Hustling around buying, fixing-up and selling
machines is interesting in its own right but honestly
I don’t get my best woodworking done when I’ve
been doing that.

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 04:49 AM

You have a good point Loren. Hard to do a thorough restore when buried in wood working work, which we are at this time. I’m actually hoping to just clean up the shaper and sell it. Probably fire it up just to hear it spin and throw it on CL. I suppose if a person would focus on a thorough restore it would take your focus away from the main task, which is woodworking, or in our case cabinet making.

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#12 posted 04-01-2014 04:49 AM

Super saw I love mine.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 04-01-2014 01:36 PM

Thanks Randy, did u ever get RAS?

No RAS – I’ll follow up in a PM when I get a chance.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 04-04-2014 01:13 AM

So I really did not have the time to pick up our PM66 and shaper but the auction staff called demanding I pick it up today. I was on a job site today so had my wife go and get the PM66 and shaper on her own.

I was pleasantly happy. Both machines are single phase :) Since we are parting with the shaper (which runs great by the way) I will not go into much detail on the Powermatic 26. But the PM66 is awesome, pics will come later. When I returned home tonight after our installation, I was happy to see a fairly clean PM66 that still has good paint condition. The height and angle adjustments spin freely. The arbor is missing the flange which I can get on Ebay. There is a front rail that likely was used for Powermatic’s T Square fence (Accufence????) but no fence came with the saw, just the 7’ front rail. I suspected this as no fence was shown in the online pic. But we are blessed as we had an extra Bies fence (from a past auction) and it works great on Powermatic’s front rail. Since I mostly see Bies fences on Unisaws it does look funny on our PM66, but it will work great. I plugged it in and it spun up very nicely. It is a 3 hp Baldor and everything looks fairly clean and no damage.

So my search for a PM66 has finally worked out. I have always wanted to run a PM66 in our shop mostly due to the left tilt factor, whereas all of the Unisaws I have owned were right tilt. I also like the strong American History the PM66 carries with it. It will now become our main saw since it is left tilt. The Unisaw will become the secondary saw and the Grizzly will remain the dado saw. So now I continue my search for either an older model Unisaw or PM66 with T Square type of fence to replace the Grizzly down the road. The Grizzly has an older style pipe fence I stole off of an older PM66 I came across a few years back. I actually do not like the pipe fence that much. Our Bies fence is much better to work with. The Grizzly is not a bad saw, in fact it has new arbor bearings and I put a brand new Leeson 4 hp single phase motor in it a year or so. The Grizzly is a nice saw but I just like the heritage of the Unisaw and Powermatic (older stuff).

And then someday in the future, when we have extra cash flow, and we are not trying to build a shop with cash, I do want to buy a newer or brand new 3 hp Sawstop. But at this time, it is just a dream :)

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#15 posted 04-04-2014 02:31 AM

Yes, the Sawstop will probably come in the NEW wrapper. No bargains there. At least I have never seen a used one for sale.

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