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

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#1 posted 08-31-2016 06:17 AM

Thanks daddywoofdawg. I admire your, and a few of the other guys’ ability to quickly asses and make a call to go for it. If my only goal was to get a working PM66, no matter what, I would be right there with you. As much as I pump myself up I find I’m still waffling.

MrUnix, you have been very helpful -in both my quandaries- and your post above puts the source of my indecision into words very well. To restore or to rehab -or- to simply own an awesome workhorse of a saw…that is the question.

I certainly do want a saw that I will never need or want to replace and, based on what I have read here and on other woodworking forums, that saw is a PM66 with a Unisaw coming in at a photo-finish next winner. Why PM66 over Unisaw? Well, I’m clearly not the expert. In fact, either of these saws will make me an over-equipped woodworking hobbyist. That said, what I have learned from researching previous posts is that a PM66 has fewer trunnion parts and it’s trunnion assembly is more substantial or robust in its manufacture/design. As a hands-on, DIY, fix it yourself kind of guy, that appeals to me.

Bottom line…I’m looking for a tool that will enable me to do something I can do for my own enjoyment, maybe enable me to make a few occasional bucks in retirement 10-15 years down the road, AND be something I can take pride in owning because of it’s built to last – made in the USA quality! Oh, and yes, I want it to look like the showroom version…aside from a little sawdust.

It’s almost comical that you posted the Unisaw from my local Cl ad. Comical only because in my desire to own a PM66 I have overlooked a small handful of Unisaws and am questioning that decision. They are definitely cheaper around here. I have been (secretly) keeping an eye on that one for a few days. I missed (passed the opportunity) on a $350 asking price of an intact, working Unisaw recently posted by a local wood shop that closed its doors. There is another one that was just posted today for $1100. Looks pretty clean/complete. I don’t know how to post the ad.

Am I being too close-minded here; do I have tunnel vision on the PM66?

-- Max Bishop | KC MO

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