1969 Powermatic Model 66 Table Saw (light) Refurb

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Forum topic by Will Merrit posted 07-05-2016 08:50 PM 1712 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Will Merrit

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07-05-2016 08:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic tablesaw rebuild refurbish model 66

Good afternoon,

You ever had one of those times when something too good to be true just jumps in your lap. Well 2016 has been that year for me and my shop. First off I was GIVEN a 1970 8” Rockwell Jointer with the long beds. All it needed was a motor and I already had one. I cleaned it up, repainted it and use it weekly. It was given to me by a man that can no longer use it. Then, this past weekend I was GIVEN this Model 66 Powermatic with a fairly new 2hp Belador single phase motor….again not a thing wrong with it. All I had to do was move it to my shop (which was a chore). Me and the boys couldn’t get it alone and the old man who gifted it to me couldnt lift. So I had my oldest boy drive the 4-wheeler down to the location 1/2 mile and we drug it back on a plywood sled across the asphalt. Just as we pulled it to its spot by the shop the hole broke through the strap, perfect timing.

Then the refurb began. All of the bearings seemed tight, the ways were cleaned along with all of the gears and teeth. After cleaning I rubbed those all down with some Johnsons Paste Wax and called the guts good, she tilts and moves up and down with one finger to the wheel now. Then I began sanding the cabinet and got it all taped then applied the paint. This is a 1969 model that was green without the white stripe so painting went on easy. Then for the top, I had removed it previously, I got it almost to a mirror finish and called it good. Called over some friends who brought beer and we moved it in the shop, screwed the top on and here she sits. Right beside my 10” Grizzly contractor saw that I do love, but now it will take second place to this beast.

1. My shop is a 16×36 (see image) I am not sure if I am using the space the best for this saw. It has the 72”
rails on it and I will be putting the side top back in it soon. Do you think I could rearrange better?

This is how we moved it…Caden was holding it still…....right!

Action Shot

Post Cleaning & Paint

Any input would be helpful, thanks.

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#1 posted 07-05-2016 10:47 PM

Will, IMO space is tight in your shop. I would sell (or give away) the Grizzly unless you need it for some dedicated purpose like running a dado head very frequently. Oh, I almost forgot, YOU SUCK! :D

-- Art

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 10:54 PM

Nice saw

-- Aj

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 11:02 PM


- AandCstyle

and I second that MR. LUCKY

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Will Merrit

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 11:12 PM

Guys. I was just holding my chisel right….

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#5 posted 07-06-2016 12:27 AM

Put one saw perpendicular to the other. One saw for ripping and the other for cross cutting, dados and to serve as an out feed table for the rip saw. Moving the table in your shop a bit closer to the wall across from the saw in the floor plan will free up some room. My 12×20 shop accommodated two 10” CI contractor saws in a similar configuration, but they were on wheels for mobility.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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