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Powermatic Machine Co.
McMinnville, TN; La Vergne, TN
Wood Working Machinery
Date of Manufacturer:
11/24/2014 11:31:07 PM
I bought this PM 65 after an OWWM friend passed on the Craig's List ad. $240 for the saw, sans guard, splitter, or motor. Arbor bearings were new, but arbor flange was well out and had to be machined. Trunnion brackets had both been broken and repaired well. One handwheel lock pin missing, as was both lock knobs. Fence in good shape, except fine adjust knob gears were stripped. A previous owner had welded an angle iron bracket to the base for a mobile base, then later cut off the wheels. Arrow Hart starter was present, but it's sized for a 1-1/2 3 phase motor and no heaters are available so I replaced it with a Square-D. I bought a new 3 hp single phase Leeson for the motor. I tried a Gr***ly pulley, but the belt/pulley combo didn't fit in motor mount, so I went with a two-belt sheave instead.
The arbor flange was way out of perpendicular--.011", giving runout of .040 at the outer part of the blade. I tried grinding it down in place, which got rid of part of the problem but couldn't take it below .005. I wound up hand-filing the arbor flange, which took only 45 minutes and got down to .001" out of perpendicular. New paint, motor, switch, belts, and various bits for the starter brought the total price to $900 or so. Maybe a hundred or a hundred and fifty of this was "educational expenses"--i.e., wasted materials/wrong purchases. Not a bottom feeder, but it leaves a glass-smooth cut and is far and away better than the 20-year-old sheet metal and aluminum Craftsman it replaced.
Edit: I sold this machine in Oct 2013 to a friend for $500. He needed a better saw, I needed space for an Oliver 232. So I took a little bit of a loss, but that's OK--it's certainly happened before.
Fully restored and in my basement
The guts--trunnion casting, arm for arbor, motor mount on other side This is why a 65 is different than a 66.
You see why it needed a paint job...
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