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

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#1 posted 08-28-2016 11:47 PM

As long as there isn’t any major problems with the guts (cracked castings, missing teeth, etc…), then you should be able to use that machine as is – with a good cleaning, new fence/miter gauge, new bearings and belts and addressing minor issues and replacing any missing bits you may run across – figure on at least $400 more than what you originally pay for the machine as a minimum. It might not be pretty, but will still be a workhorse.

But – in your original post, you said ”I should probably mention I want the saw to be immaculate and true to the original when said and done.” There is a big difference between rehab and restore, in terms of costs, time and effort. For a restore, you really want to find a machine that is in as complete and in as good a shape as possible – it reduces the amount of work you need to do to it, and doesn’t wind up being a money pit trying to source missing/broken parts. If your intention is to really do a restore, that cabinet (and plinth) is a major issue and will significantly bump your final cost up. By the time you are said and done with it, you will probably have sunk as much money into it as you would finding another machine that needs much less… like this Unisaw in your area, which you could probably get for less than the asking price. It is relatively complete (w/Unifence and some extras), and would need far less work to get into shape.

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Tough call :)


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