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post #1 of 8 Old 01-05-2017, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Powermatic 66 My Barn Find for $525


This is my 1st post here.

Happy New Year 2017!

Today is January 1st, 2017 and I am going to start the new year out with a couple of saws that I will be re-furbishing to good working order.

I have been looking to buy a cabinet saw for several months and debating on whether I would buy a used saw or a new saw. I had my eyes on a 3HP/10” ShopFox W1819 that sells for right at $1,800 that included a mobile base and free delivery – verses scouring Craig’s List and Ebay and the local ads looking at Delta UniSaws and Powermatics.

Two days ago on Craig’s List I saw an ad for a PowerMatic 66 about an hour’s drive from me selling for just $525.00. The ad had no photos but said it had a 52” fence and was a 3HP Single Phase, so I called and let the seller know I was very interested.

As we talked he explained that he had bought the PM66 when the Delta UniSaw he had (a newer version) had broken a tooth on the trunnion gear that raises and lowers the blade. But he never used the PM66 (it was a used saw – era 1980’s) and it was left to sit in a shed on his dad’s farm. He also said that he had two bandsaws and wanted to sell one.

Well today I went to look at the PowerMatic 66 and the 14” Bandsaw (probably General Tool or comparable HFT?) while the PM 66 is in need of TLC and in some rough shape, I think I made a good deal all in all.

I got the seller to load the two saws up in his 2015 Ford Pickup and delivery to my garage for a grand total of $620.00. (I made sure he was compensated for his gas and time to deliver the two saws and help me unload them into my garage)

I will be busy inspecting and disassembling and restoring the PM 66 back to top shape. I am inspired by those of you who have taken these great saws down to the bare metal, and that is what I think I will be doing.

I do need a few items - I did not get a miter gauge or blade guard, and a couple of knobs are missing, but I am ready to see this saw get taken apart and brought back to better than new condition. If I want to document my restore, what is the best way to post the progress?

Finally tell me what do you think of my New Year’s tool finds?

Best regards to all and a Happy New Year!
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-05-2017, 06:30 AM
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That bandsaw looks exactly like my Industryline (About 1990)....What is the name on it ??
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-05-2017, 09:10 AM
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You did very well.

Those Powermatics are great saws. I hope you did get the fence? Maybe a Biesemeyer? They came with that fence in those days. An arbor flange and nut is needed if missing. A throat plate is easy enough to make and a zero clearance is best.

What is your location? It must be fairly dry, since there is not a lot of rust on either saws.

I have a 12" Powermatic from the late '80s and it's a great saw. Came with a 52" Biesemeyer fence, but I didn't need that capacity so I cut it off at the side extension. It has a 3 belt drive on the arbor. Is yours then same?

The last saw I had to transport I turn it table side down in the pickup for stability. That worked great. Did you do the same? Without a overhead hoist, chainfall or a tractor with forks, it's tough to move them around and lift them to the bed of a truck.

The bandsaw does appear to be a Harbor Freight, but there are many look alike clones. You can read the motor label to see if it says Chicago Electric which will mean a HF saw.

Yes, post the progress of a restoration here. Good Luck.:smile3:

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I think you've made a very good buy. From the picture, the Powermatic saw looks to be in very good condition. Even if you have to buy a few things, you have a saw that should serve you for a lifetime.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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14 Inch bandsaw name

Originally Posted by Oakwerks View Post
That bandsaw looks exactly like my Industryline (About 1990)....What is the name on it ??
I did not see any name on it at first glance... I have not really checked it out too good yet, concentrating on the Powermatic 66 Cabinet saw. The bandsaw is parked in the garage for now.
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woodnthings... Yes it is a great saw. Yes it is a three belt arbor. And yes I did get the Biesemeyer 52 inch fence system. As a matter of fact, I just finished a complete break-down and wire brushing on the Biesemeyer T-Square and doing the same to the 72 inch tube and rails.

The photo here is of decal on the T-Square. As you can see the decal says "T=Square Saw Fence System Manufactured for Powermatic Houdaille by Biesemeyer Manufacturing 216 S. Alma School Rd. Suite 3 MESA, ARIZ 85202 (602) 835-9300".

So can anyone tell me what year(s) this decal was on the fence? I cannot find the serial number on my saw anywhere?

I am in Minneapolis and the table saw was about an hour south and west of me. The inside parts are pretty clean not much build-up anywhere, so I think it has just sat around a long time since it was last used and to be honest it looks it had little use? The seller said he got it from a guy who was a finish carpenter? Probably well maintained?

The table top was unbolted, we unbolted and removed the motor, and yes we laid the saw(s) down for transport and since the saws were in a shed on a farm, the seller and his dad used a skid loader to get them up into the bed of the seller's 2015 Aluminum F-150. I paid him $620 total for both saws and he delivered them and helped me unload then into my garage.

All on New Years Day!
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Looks like you found a diamond amongst all the ice cubes... Great purchase! (buy a lottery powerball ticket right now!)

Can't wait to see what you do with it!
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Welcome to the forum, Rich, and what a great find!! Yours doesn't need the restoration mine did but you may find something useful in the photos and write up - Restoration of PM66.

Yes, I know 'Rich' isn't your name but you didn't share one with us...



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