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08-22-2014 04:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I inherited this great machine I can’t use, and I know it’s a fabulous old table saw. Made in 1985 (the last Houdaille year, I believe). Works like a dream according to our carpenter friend. Anyone know a good ballpark figure to begin with? I got kicked off OWWM.org for asking that question. So I will try again here. (Looks like the posting rules are not quite as rigid.)


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#1 posted 08-22-2014 04:35 AM

I saw the thread over there…
They ARE stringent, but have an excellent reputation.
Ask your carpenter friend what he’s willing to give for it.

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 04:55 AM

Depends on where you are geographically and what similar items are selling for. If you’re in louisiana I’ll give you 500$.

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 06:14 AM

What is “Houdaille year”?

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#4 posted 08-22-2014 12:17 PM

Where is the fence?

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#5 posted 08-22-2014 01:42 PM

If I were you, I would check craigslist and see what similar saws are going for in your area. A delta unisaw is a similar saw to compare it to, though the powermatic 66 is typically considered a little bit better saw, maybe worth 5 to 10% more. It also depends on the electrical specs for the saw. Take a look at the motor. If it is 3 phase, it’ll probably go for less because that typically makes it harder on our end (speaking from the typical woodworker’s point of view) to get it up and running.

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#6 posted 08-22-2014 01:57 PM

What is “Houdaille year”?

Houdaille Industries bought Powermatic from the Smith brothers back in the mid-60’s. Houdaille subsequently was sold and re-sold (can you say ‘leveraged buyout’?).

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#7 posted 08-22-2014 02:10 PM

Yes, like they said the region has a lot to do with the price. In my area they might bring less than a Unisaw even though they are supposed to be better. I was within a heartbeat of owning one in around 1989. It sold for $500. I drove into the driveway to check it out at a garage sale as the new owner drove out. Blasted circle drives…..LOL. I would say $500 would be toward the lower end if you have the fence and miter gauge….and it is a single phase. One the other hand I bought a Unisaw for $180 but it is 3 phase. Never know. As a fellow told me once they are worth what you can get for them.

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#8 posted 08-22-2014 04:18 PM

If you compare this industrial quality saw to a new import, it is worth more than $500. I’d say $750.

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#9 posted 08-22-2014 05:14 PM

I don’t like the police-state tactics they use in their forum. I was “disappeared” with no warning, not because of ranting or profanity or anything like that, but because I was new to the site, had not read all the rules and “was caught” discussing advice on selling my Powermatic 66 tablesaw. But first they let the thread continue on for a good long while before they yanked it, just to rub salt in for those who were in on the lively discussion.

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#10 posted 08-22-2014 05:18 PM

Sorry – my last post was referring to Gentile’s quoted here…
—Rubee


I saw the thread over there…
They ARE stringent, but have an excellent reputation.
Ask your carpenter friend what he s willing to give for it.

- Gentile


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#11 posted 08-22-2014 05:33 PM



Where is the fence?

- buildingmonkey

It’s probably there somewhere in the garage. I don’t know anything about these machines, not being a carpenter. I’m here to get an education! We inherited all these tools from my father-in-law’s woodworking shop. I will need to get a manual for the 1985 PM66 I guess. I do know that they have sold for as much as $3000 on Ebay, but I guess it depends on what’s on it and the condition it is in. The professional carpenter who borrowed it next door for a year rent-free says it is a pleasure to work and wishes he could afford to buy it from me. I don’t want to be greedy, but I do want a fair price, seeing as this shop is the only inhertance we got.

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#12 posted 08-22-2014 05:37 PM

Thanks to WoodenOyster and Grandpa for the tips—I will try to find out about those items!

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#13 posted 08-22-2014 06:39 PM

If you don’t mind sharing where you are located, there very well may be someone on this site that would be interested in purchasing.

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#14 posted 08-23-2014 02:57 AM



If you don t mind sharing where you are located, there very well may be someone on this site that would be interested in purchasing.

- JayT

Sure! I am in the Los Angeles area. Found out more on the saw: It is 3 hp, has a Powermatic fence, does not to our knowledge have a miter guage. We will be checking on whether it is a single or 3-phase soon. To be continued…
Thanks,
Rubee

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#15 posted 08-23-2014 03:03 AM

I would say as it sits with no fence as MrRon stated about $750.00

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