1995 Powermatic Model 15 Planer

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Forum topic by seniorasi posted 02-18-2015 07:21 PM 1049 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2015 07:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic 1995 model 15 planer vintage machine question

Hi, newb here. I just bought a Powermatic Model 60 and the aforementioned planer off the craigslist. Both were supposedly bought new in 1995 by the same guy and never fired up or even had a plug end put on. They had (have) a thick coat of rust on all the exposed metal parts and the drive belts have taken a set causing substantial vibration.

I found a replacement for the jointer at the local Auto Zone. The planer belt that is on it says: M-59 0L which leads me to believe it to be a 59” belt. Auto Zone (and others) sell 56” and 59” belts. I measured the top width at ~ 3/8”.

My question: Anyone else own a 1995 Model 15 that can tell me what size belt you run?

-- Tim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 12:24 PM

I don’t have one, but would never go to Auto Zone (or any auto store) for a replacement. Download the manual and see what it says. I did a little looking around and I do think you have a 59” belt, but the diagram I saw on ereplacmentparts didn’t show a part number. I searched what you had and found some info that said that number has been replaced by this. Anyway, by going to a belt vendor (on line) or a power transmission specialist (bearings/gear boxes/such) I think you’ll have better luck finding a substitute.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 01:05 PM

I have several large Powermatic machines that are built solid and perform well. I can’t believe it when I see ads on Craigslist showing items with descriptions as new, never used. How could you go out and buy two of these and then never use them? Then, let them sit and rust. (Should be a criminal code on that!) I think most of us can hardly wait to fire ‘em up! Anyway, as Fred said, don’t go to Auto Zone to get your parts. Get a good quality belt. I replaced a belt on a couple machines with those link belts. Not sure what the technical name is. You just add links until it fits. They work really well.
Also….I have a Powermatic Model 81 bandsaw on a trailer in my shop as I type this. Bought at an auction this past Sunday. Waiting until Friday to get 3 more friends to help unload. It’s killing me!!

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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