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boatz

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12-31-2014 04:04 PM

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I am new to woodworking and have been acquiring my power tools. I now have a tablesaw, band saw, and planer. I have been offered a vintage Powermatic PM60 8” jointer. The price is right – FREE. It has been owned a operated for years by a professional woodworker who only uses vintage iron. it is currently operational with a 220v motor and the knives are in good condition.
Can any of you offer any tips or suggestions – other than cleaning – on what I will need to do to bring it up to good working order or any safety tips. I appreciate any comments.
Here are some pictures:

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need


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levan

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 05:35 PM

Congratulations!! It doesn’t get any better than free. I think I have the mate to yours.
I just recently restored mine. Just clean up and paint. It was built in 1964 and came out of an old high school.
Trust me you will love it and your set for life. I think you just need to try it out and see how it works before trying to adjust anything, you may not have to do anything to it except clean up. You can get a manual for it here.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgIndex/detail.aspx?id=655&tab=3
best wishes
Lynn

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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boatz

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 05:39 PM

Thanks Levan. “Mine” came from a high school originally too. I appreciate the use it first idea.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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unbob

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 05:58 PM

What a deal, ......looks like its running! The manual can be found on the Vintage Machine site.

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Woodmaster1

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 06:47 PM

I had one where I teach great jointer. They sold it and bought a six inch jet , what a let down. It only needed a repair part and the person teaching woods at the time suggested getting rid of it at a school auction. I did not know they were going to sell it until it was too late to stop the process. When I taught the woods class the equipment was maintained. This teacher did not want to fix anything. You are going to enjoy the jointer once you have reconditioned.

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 01-01-2015 04:16 AM

I DO understand woodmaster1. I taught evening classes in our local Tech School. They had all Powermatic tools. BIG Powermatic cabinets saws (2) with 54 inch fence and tables. I was out of the business for a few years then went back. One of the saws had been sold and replaced with a Grizzly…..I cried.

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MedicKen

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#6 posted 01-01-2015 02:45 PM

Replace all the bearings. That would include the motor bearings as well as the cutterhead. Clean it up and adjust for 90 degrees and get after it

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Minorhero

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 04:11 PM

+1 for changing out bearings. Since your post hints that it might have been owned by the same guy for a long time ask him if he has ever changed the bearings on the jointer. He probably has not, but if he has and he did so less then 15 years ago you can probably skip the changing of the bearings. If he hasnt or he did when he got it 30 years ago then its time to change them again.

My PM60 looks VERY similar to yours and mine was made in 1967. Likely yours is pre-80s vintage. The other thing to do is buy a bolt on dust collector portal and just screw it in place over the dust shoot. Even though the jointer is not “sealed” I found my 2hp harbor freight dust collector to be more then strong enough to collect all the shavings coming out of that machine.

Here is a picture of my restored PM60

And this is my gallery detailing my restore of the machine. http://apple-wood.com/shopequipment/jointerproject?page=1

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boatz

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#8 posted 01-01-2015 04:41 PM

MedicKen – thanks for the tips on bearings – hadn’t thought of that.

Minorhero – Appreciate the further detail on the bearings. The jointer is still in the previous owner’s shop so I can ask about the bearings and motor. I’m still trying to figure out how to get is the 40 miles to my garage in my 4 door sedan. LOL I have a Jet dust collector so the hood attachment is a good suggestion. Enjoyed look at your restoration photos. Not sure if I have the technical ability yet to fully disassemble.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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Minorhero

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 04:46 PM

I moved my jointer in the back of a trailer. That being said, if pressed you can disconnect the base from the machine and that could go in an empty trunk. You can remove both side tables and the fence and that could go in the trunk and the back seat floor. Either that or rent or borrow a bigger vehicle.

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 01-01-2015 05:27 PM

Clean it up and paint If looks is you thing.

Other than that if “it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Minorhero

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#11 posted 01-01-2015 06:08 PM

The trouble with old bearings is you won’t know they are in need of replacement till you take them off the jointer and spin them by hand. On a machine they might feel smooth to turn the cutterhead by hand. But off they might be crunchy. If they are bad they can completely destroy your machine in a few years of use by wallowing out the part they are attached to.

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boatz

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#12 posted 01-02-2015 01:21 PM

Thanks again for the comments. You’ve helped my confidence on doing this

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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