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Powermatic Machine Co.
McMinnville, TN; La Vergne, TN
Wood Working Machinery
Date of Manufacturer:
9/11/2008 3:12:48 PM
Noticed the saw on school auction and assumed it was mostly there considering the picture still showed a blade in the machine.
Got things loosened up, cleaned the top, did a test run of the motor, and it roared to life. After checking adjustments, things were not the way they should be. Blade is too close to the table and it won’t go to 90 degrees. Got the arbor moved over to deal with the blade being too close, but still no luck with true 90. I check all the usual suspects again, and then notice the splitter arm is resting against the top of the table. There is a pea sized bur on the splitter arm casting, so I grab the dremel and ground it off. Saw immediately goes to 90. Unless they had some other magic way of adjusting this saw, this thing has never cut a 90 degree angle in 21 years, and I suspect it is why they moth balled it.
Next challenge, rails and fence. This vintage was Powermatic’s attempt at the odd triangular aluminum rails and fence, and since this didn’t have a fence. I opted for a Biesemeyer. However, b/c the rails were non traditional all the holes for regular Biesemeyer rails would be off and I would have to drill them. So I opted to make my own rails to save some money, and buy the fence. It turned out well, and I found the 48” long version of the fence on sale.
Finally, added knee shut off, made new knob for height adjustment, and made a dust door. Burnished Brass Rustoleum proved to be a decent match on color.
Saw cleaned, with new rails and fence
As it was found
Measuring for new rails
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