Tool Gloat

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Project by TheWoodArtisan posted 06-15-2010 04:55 AM 3033 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, I want to thank everyone who responded to my table saw inquiry. I was prepared to go and purchase a nice new table saw from Grizzly or Hitachi. However, the overwhelming response for Powermatic convinced me to scour craigslist for a used one as I didn’t have enough money for a new one, according to my wife :)

I picked this Powermatic 64A 10” 1.5 HP Table saw with the mobile base for $600, I think it is a good deal considering the cost of a new one. Saw is in great condition, just needs a little tuneup.

Can’t wait to get started on some projects now that I have a decent table saw.

BTW, I upgraded from a 9” craftsmen table saw with an aluminum top and a horrible, terrible, unbearable fence….

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 05:12 AM

Nice find. Lots of luck with the saw.

-- mrg

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 05:28 AM

Nice gloat, I hope you have lots of enjoyment with your new saw.

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 05:31 AM

Good for you !
That saw just needs a little love and will clean up beautifully.
I am still saddled with the craftsman for a few years :(

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 05:40 AM

That is a very good saw to have

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 06:50 AM

Very cool Congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 07:13 AM

Powermatic tablesaws are great, we use the at school.

Enjoy your new tsaw.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 06-15-2010 07:27 AM

Another CL find. Some mineral spirits, steel wool and a little elbow grease will have that looking like new in no time.

Congrats! Enjoy the new saw!

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#9 posted 06-15-2010 08:02 AM

I see that saw has the Biesemeyer fence. You will really be pleased with it. I have a similar saw to this but made by Delta with the Biesemeyer fence. That fence is a great fence.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 06-15-2010 01:16 PM

Awesome find!

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#11 posted 06-15-2010 03:49 PM

Nice find!

I am jealous, as I only have the 30-inch version, not the 50-inch like yourself. Of course, I don’t really have anywhere to put a saw that size! Sometimes I have to swivel it around to crosscut pieces.

I also picked mine up from CL (for $450).

So far, all of my power tools in my woodshop have come off of CL: Powermatic 64A tablesaw, Ridgid 15501 drill press, and a 14” Central Machinery bandsaw (still need to assemble it, as it was NIB). I am still searching for a used router table, plus a few other things such as a drum sander and maybe a planer if I can’t find a drum sander.

Enjoy the upgrade!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 06-15-2010 03:54 PM

That will be real good saw for you. You shouldn’t need to replace it for a long time….............Good find….........Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#13 posted 06-15-2010 07:27 PM

Nice, enjoy your new saw. Like the fence, so important. Once you cleaned up the top, give it some wax every so often. You will love it.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#14 posted 06-15-2010 11:45 PM

As a former school shop teacher you’ll want to sand off the table top rust with some wet/dry sandpaper about 360 or finer grit. Wet the paper with mineral oil. When you get the desired shine wax the top with a good automotive wax and buff. Wood will skate very easy on this surface.

Great find! Jealous…...

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#15 posted 06-16-2010 12:34 AM


Did you mean to say mineral spirits, rather than mineral oil? I know people wet sand their table tops with mineral spirits, but I have not heard of using mineral oil.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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