The tilt and elevation on my PM66 have always been difficult to turn so I thought I would pull the top off and clean up the gears and lube it back up. When I got in there, I discovered that the trunnion support near the motor mount was cracked.
Needless to say I was pretty bummed. I called Powermatic and they suggested that I pull the trunnion out and get it welded. They were concerned with the crack being near the motor that most of the stress from the weight of the motor would be born on that area, so not repairing would be a bad idea.
My question is, is it safe to run like this? Were talking home use, not industrial. If not, can this be done without warping the frame? I’ve called 5 different places and most have been less than enthusiastic about the possibilities of success. Anyone have some experience with this? Not looking for pretty, just need to make sure this thing will be safe to run. I’m in Phoenix, AZ if anyone has a name to suggest.