Powermatic PM2800b Drill Press belt cover removal.

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Forum topic by WooDR67 posted 02-07-2019 11:53 PM 2612 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2019 11:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press powermatic pm2800 pm2800b

I am currently attempting to check the belts on my PM2800B Drill press and I cannot seem to remove the cover. I have all three top bolts as loose as they’ll go and the top is still just at secure as before I loosened them. I won this drill press at a school auction and I suspect that the cover is glued onto the drill press possibly to prevent students from accessing the belts ( or prevent potential buyers from seeing the real problem with the machine).

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#1 posted 02-08-2019 12:12 AM

Took a look at the manual (on line; p. 17) I don’t have that machine so can’t really explain any more than this:

1. Remove pulley cover using a long shaft screwdriver.

Picture doesn’t explain it. Guess you just gotta be there!

Apparently there is a digital readout and speed is adjusted via the handwheel?

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#2 posted 04-30-2019 01:46 AM

Yes. The handwheel changes the speed but the belt either broke or went off track. The three screws are backed all the way out but that sucker is on there tight. Ill hit the edge lightly with a heat gun later to see if maybe I can soften whatever adhesive might have been used.

If someone has a video or photos of the cover removal it would be greatly appreciated.

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#3 posted 06-28-2020 06:06 PM

I too have the PM2800b drill press. I had a difficult time removing the top after the screws were backed out. As it turned out the gaskets around the top were just stuck to the top, I used a putty knife and screw driver to (carefully) pry the top away from the gaskets. My problem was that the top had never been removed since I purchased it new (08-2018). Right or wrong I’m going to put a little grease on the gaskets to prevent them from sticking again.

The reason that I took off the top was that the front belt came off when I tried to increase the speed. I always had the machine running when I turned the speed adjustment wheel, the belt still came off. I might use my drill press once a month or so, but normally leave the speed alone. The front belt turns the shaft that has a speed sensor and the chuck.

Has anyone else had the belts come off when adjusting the speed.

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#4 posted 06-28-2020 06:22 PM

That is a problem with the speed adjustment on Powermatic equipment. I had problems with my classroom woodshop lathes and drill press. I somewhat understand they were 30+ years old. The woodworking club’s new Powermatic 2800 has had issues with speed adjustment as well. It took 2 visits from the repair person Powermatic sent to fix it.

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#5 posted 06-28-2020 06:26 PM

The users manual says that the machine has a 5 year warranty, (mine is 22 months old) does it cost to have a repair person come out?

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#6 posted 09-28-2021 02:13 AM

Hi. Did anyone ever figure out the “long screwdriver” way of taking the top off?? Haha. I just got a PM2800B and wanted to take a look inside. Thanks.

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