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Posted on '84 Powermatic 66 - rust through - seeking advice

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 03:48 AM

Thanks all for your replies. The first thing I want to do is acknowledge that I shouldn’t have started off addressing just the “gentlemen” of this site. I realize there are female members and I wont make that oversight again. My apologies if I offended any of the women here.

I wish I had better pics. I added a couple more. In my haste I failed to get good shots. It is sitting in an old mortar and stone basement that obviously was very wet on occasion. It appeared that it was rarely cleaned out and the sawdust and water mix would just sit against the cabinet.

MrUnix: great points. The metal work is what I’m worried about. My concern is the integrity of the cabinet and sanding and filling with bondo is only cosmetic. That and it needs everything you mentioned except the motor cover. :-( The guy agreed to $300 after I pointed out everything I need to do. But, as you point out, it adds up.

Pogo930: If I go for it that may be an option. I would prefer to do the work myself but my concern is the structural integrity of the cabinet after doing so.

RogR: You are correct. If it wasn’t a PM66 or, possibly a Unisaw I wouldn’t be struggling over it. I do believe the rest of the saw to be solid aside from whatever long term issues being in a wet environment would cause.

TheFridge: I’m close to just jumping in but my gut keeps stopping me. I’ve headed over twice only to turn around and dig some more on the net and ultimately post here. I admire your ability to just go for it! I keep telling myself I’ll never see a PM66 for this price again but its all the additional costs that has me nervous.

Thank you all for your input. I guess the question is what is considered a good deal on an ‘84 PM66? Even at $300, with approx. $300 for a fence, I’m guessing around $200 for the cabinet work and the other items I want/need I’m looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of +$1000. Add to that the only way I can get it out of this basement is in pieces as the stairs of this old house are very narrow. The initial buzz of finding it is kind of wearing off.

-- Max Bishop | KC MO

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