PM66 restore

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Project by Bradford posted 03-15-2010 08:15 AM 7229 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a Powermatic 66 at an online auction web site. I paid $350 plus $135 processing. After rental of a truck I drove 158 miles to York PA to pick up the saw. Upon my arrival back, I set up the mobile base, slid the saw onto the lift and moved it into the shop. My friend, Camron & I pulled the old 5HP 3PH Motor, pulled the worm gears, blade, wheels and everything else. I sanded away all the old paint, and repainted it with the closest color I could find. It had a hammered look when dry. A new 3HP 1PH motor from Powermatic was installed and wired into the magnetic switch and mounted to the plate. More cleaning was needed to the inside. The blade had to be cleaned with Bit&blade cleaner. After much cleaning, everything was re-installed, the top was mounted and squared to the blade. We spent a lot of time waiting for a simple 3 prong dryer plug to be delivered. A long drop cord was made and plugs were mounted. We left a 3 foot pigtail from the magnetic switch. I mounted the rails and fence. The Incra 1000SE was installed and calibrated. A test cut showed 90 degree square. A zero clearance insert and a custom push stick were made on the router and scroll saw. Sand paper was mounted to aid the grip on boards. The table is now set for the next project. This restore would have taken a lot longer if it hadn’t have been for my friend and fellow woodworker, Camron. He’s immense knowledge and experience helped beyond the call. Also the people at Powermatic for help ordering (still in stock ) parts for a 33 year old machine.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 08:40 AM

Nice buy! Old tools are usually better quality! Good luck with this new toy.


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 10:15 AM

That should be a great saw for years now. Thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 04:50 PM

Nice job! I’m doing a restore on the same saw, i just finished to motor cover yesterday. I can’t wait to use it. I hope you get many years out of yours

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 05:59 PM

Nice job! That is a sweet setup you have there. I can’t wait to see the projects rolling off that bad boy.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 08:02 PM

Great restore. Looking forward to see what your next project will be that comes from it.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#6 posted 03-18-2010 01:32 AM


-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#7 posted 03-18-2010 03:38 AM here is the link to the pics of the process. It shows the finished results going backward to the original state of the saw. When I first posted this saw, that I bought at auction, it wasn’t to gloat, but to inform the LJ’s that a site exists that many may not know about. With a lot of diligence, any of us can buy and restore a tool. I was just so excited to have found that saw, that I guess it sounded like bragging. The website for the Industrial recovery services is always having auctions all over the USA. So if anyone wants to check it out. Here is the address . I am going after a set of Jet 650 dust collectors next. Peace.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 08:46 PM

I honestly couldn’t tell what I was looking at from the first picture. Then I saw the saw standing upright and realized, it’s the same saw I use everyday at work. It is a great tool. Awesome job with the fixer upper.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#9 posted 11-03-2011 05:13 PM

Nice job restoring the PM66.

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#10 posted 07-29-2012 11:26 PM

Very nice work. Your project is giving me inspiration. I have an 1982 PM 66 I need to replace the motor to a 3 hp single phase. I hope mine works as well as your restoration project.

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#11 posted 10-12-2012 12:41 PM

Very nice job indeed! I have the very same Powermatic 66 but I’m having a very hard time finding out how to restore the top surface so that the dark stains are gone and looks clean and shiny once again. Is there any product or process I could use to accomplish this?

Again, well done!


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#12 posted 04-23-2014 03:18 PM

Very nice restore – currently trying to figure out if a $250 PM66 barn find is worth going in for. With a Grizzly motor and PM magnetic switch, plus paint etc I’d easily crest $1k. No denying the beauty of the machine, just wondering if I should bite off that much.

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#13 posted 04-23-2014 03:20 PM

It’s a great saw enjoy.

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