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10-30-2014 12:35 AM

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Hello all. I am new here and would appreciate any tips I can get on trying to buy a used powermatic 66 tablesaw. They aren’t just everywhere. I found one on craigslist but wasn’t able to go look at it. If anyone has any ideas on a better place to look, or any critical items for me to look at when/if I do find one, please share it with me. Thanks,

-- Gerald in B-ham


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#1 posted 10-30-2014 07:28 AM

Best way is to be able to see up close. What year is it? Other than color the PM66 has pretty much stayed the same except for color and fence. I run the tilt and blade height and see if they run smoothly, take a straight edge with you to check the table for flatness but you will probably find out it is pretty true. Open it up and look inside look at the gears, pull the blade off and look at the arbor for any damage and wobble, belts ect ect…. Of course with the blade on have it running. I am sure other guys will chime in here….

Other than craigslist, check out the woodworking auctions, Being in Birmingham your in a good populated spot to find one. If your dead set on a PM66 .. I bought mine 5 years ago and it was still in the crate. 52in extention table 3hp for 1600.00 delivered off Ebay. What kind of money are you expecting to buy one for?

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 06:19 PM

Thanks for the reply. I’m happy to spend $1500-$1800 or a little more for a good clean machine. I haven’t been able to find a powermatic 66 for that though(without it being super old). I thought about just buying new but I just can’t justify 3k for one. I wouldn’t say I’m dead set on the PM66 but I haven’t found one I like better. There is JET that I can get cheap right now but it looks like it’s been ridden hard and put up wet though.

-- Gerald in B-ham

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 06:29 PM

Keep an eye out for school and government auctions. A lot of times they will be selling off good quality saws like the PM66 or Unisaws. Had one school about two hours from me recently sell a 12in Oliver for $800. If I had the space, it would have been in my shop in a heartbeat. Shops closing or schools switching to SawStop is prompting a lot of the sales. I don’t have any links handy, but a Google search would find some in your area.

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 07:25 PM

I will Definitely look into that. Thanks

-- Gerald in B-ham

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 10:23 PM

I posted a “Want Add” on craigslist a few days ago and got a response from a guy yesterday. He has a JET table saw with a router table insert in the extension. I have seen pictures and will go look at it tomorrow. The saw is 6 years old and he is asking for $1000.00. He needs to sell it since he has just moved and does not have his cabinet shop any more. (I don’t think he has anywhere to put it). What do you guys think would be a great buy for this saw? I am also going to take it to my “tool guy” who I have discussed buying this saw with, and have him send it to JET to be “tuned up”. The new version of this saw retails for about $2,400.00 so I figure if I can get it for under $1k, I will dong pretty good, even with sending it to JET to be tuned up. I have no clue what that will cost, but my guy seems to think that $300-$500.00 would do what ever was needed to make it as good or better than new, depending on what I wanted to do. What do you guys think about all of this? I kind of had my heart set on the PM66, but I don’t know that I could do better than this deal. JET Model # is JTAS-10XL-1 and the motor is a 3HP. Thanks

-- Gerald in B-ham

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 11:11 PM

Why would you send it to Jet for a tune up?

A 6 year old Jet cabinet saw, in good condition, is easily worth $1000 but I’d offer him a little less. Unless there are obvious issues or abuse, no reason to ship it anywhere. If there are enough issues to warrant shipping it to the factory, I’d pass.

The saw will require 220volt power. Make sure he has the ability to power the saw up. Listen for any problems with the arbor bearings on both start up and spin down. As long as nothing “growls” and the blade spins true you are in good shape.

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#7 posted 10-30-2014 11:33 PM

Well…. he doesn’t have his shop anymore (the reason he is selling it) so he doesn’t have 220V power, so I may have to get the guy to load it up and take it to my tool guy to plug it up before I give him the money. luckily, he lives very close by so I don’t think that will be a huge issue. I haven’t seen it in person (only a few pics he sent) but the table has some rust on it (which I am pretty sure is from him storing it in the carport covered up since he has moved). That is why I wanted to consider sending it to JET to have it tuned up. I feel like I can probably get it for $900 since he needs to sell it. I will just have to see what it looks like and proceed from there.

PS: it also has a broken magnetic switch (on/off) and no guard.

-- Gerald in B-ham

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#8 posted 10-31-2014 01:11 AM

If I had a allowance for 1800 to buy a cabinet saw I would go for the Grizzly one here it woud be 1675.00 delivered. If you dont need the extra rail extentions then get a cheaper one. Paying 900 then magnetic switch broken, rust, sitting outside…. would make me pause some. If your tight on money then that is a diffrent story… Table Saw is the Heart of the shop Eqipment in my book. So get it right the first time…

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#9 posted 10-31-2014 01:33 AM

I have very much considered the grizz. I have a few grizz peices and have been very pleased with them. I really wanted the powermatic 66 but the JET is also nice. I just don’t want to have any issues with my table saw and sometimes grizzly’s can have some defects. They have always addressed those things very quickly and we’ll, but if I’m being honest, I wanted a “better brand” for my new table saw. I may end up buying a new powermatic or sawstop at this point, but I don’t want to sink 3k in one. Grizzly’s have mixed reviews. What do you guys think?

-- Gerald in B-ham

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#10 posted 10-31-2014 05:04 AM

There are still a lot of PM66 around and you will love that saw. I saw a few on ebay and even a brand new one 5hp 3 phase for 2700… 50” accufence…. Sounds like your really wanting a PM66 so keep looking and get one.

You can’t go wrong with a PM66, I had a Griz myself and when I ran across my PM66 I did not hesitate….

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#12 posted 10-31-2014 01:27 PM

Welcome to LJs
I own a 20 year old Powermatic 66 it’s great saw,I bought it new. If your not going for a PM66 I would strongly recommend a Grizzly saw too. Jet saws very as to how good their quality is ,some have decent fences some don’t.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 10-31-2014 01:35 PM

Is it strictly the fences that are the issues on JET’s in your opinion? Thanks for all the advice guys, much appreciated.

-- Gerald in B-ham

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#14 posted 10-31-2014 01:48 PM

Gerald
I’ve never understood why some folks hold Jet in such high esteem,I’ve always found the tilt and height adjustment to work kind of roughly on the jet saws I’ve used. On the other hand I’ve found the Grizzly saws I’ve used have had good fences and adjust smoothly . If it were me I would hold out for the PM66,theres lots of them out there.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 10-31-2014 01:57 PM

I agree that Jet tools can have some issues, but I’m equally astounded at the people that trumpet grizzly. Everything I’ve seen and used from grizzly left me disappointed and puzzled at how it made it past QC. And I see far more people posting significant problems with grizzly than anything else (except rigid and hf).

If the Jet has too many issues I’d certainly hold out for a PM66 or PM2000. I would never consider anything from grizzly.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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