|Forum topic by marco2800||posted 07-10-2014 04:03 PM||904 views||0 times favorited||30 replies|
07-10-2014 04:03 PM
This is my first post on this forum. So I am about to have my house signed off after a complete remodel and addition. My father did the majority of the building but we had a contractor finish a chunk of the rough finishing off. I did all the interior myself (bathrooms, hardwood floors, tile, kitchen cabinets).
I really would like to build my own furniture (night stands, bookshelves, build-ins). We have been using 12” Craftsman 220V saw, my dad bought new about 25 years ago. The saw has worked great.
But in order to make cabinets and furniture, I think we need to upgrade to a more powerful and accurate/precise saw.
I found a Powermatic 66 with a 52” Biesemeyer fence. Looks to be in great condition, solid cast iron base and top. The ad states that the motor is 5 horsepower, but I am almost certain this is incorrect, as the saw runs off single phase power. It is a green model so I know its an older model from some research. The seller states his father bought the saw for hobby use and not production work.
I am hoping it is a 3HP model, the saw is about 50 miles away. Is there anyway to know the HP from the serial number? I don’t think the seller is tech-savy enough to crawl under the saw and look at the plate on the motor.
If it is a 1.5hp model, will it have enough power for my needs? I think the thickest piece I will ever cut is 3”. As I have a 5 horse radial arm saw. I plan on giving the Craftsman to my brother once(if) I bring the PM66 home.
The seller is firm at $650.00. Does this sound reasonable?
From what I have read, the PM66 is one of the best saws out there.