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Forum topic by RolfP posted 03-19-2020 11:38 AM 349 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2020 11:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pm2000 powermatic table saw castor lift tablesaw question

Anyone understand or troubleshoot the Powermatic 2000 (pre-B?) castor system? I got a used Powermatic from maybe 2014-2017 and the bracket tensioner for the chain was broken – not a problem if I don’t need to move the saw, but while investigating the issue I found that pulling out the wheel and turning it did not actually end up turning the shaft in the cabinet where the wheels are. I had the whole saw leaning up at 45 degrees and uncovered the broken bracket, but when turning the wheel it would create too much resistence to safely continue after just a few turns and I could not feel the shaft turning below at any time.

Any help from some who tracks this system would be appreciated.


7/19/2020 Update: I solved this: the lifters were locked, I assume from a previous owner’s effort to tighten or loosen them and then ignoring it all for a long time. I disassembled the whole caster system and with a long breaker wrench popped each one loose. I rebuilt it all (about 5 times, each time forgetting a step and having to back up to where I could remember to include-the-washer/thread-the-chain, etc, and now it works, and I never turn the wheel to the “end” of its scope. Luckily my floors are very flat, so I can move it the few times I’ve needed to easily.

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#1 posted 03-06-2021 07:57 PM

I have what I think is the same problem with my PM2000. Any suggestions for the best way to tip the saw to get to the mechanism? Thanks

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#2 posted 03-07-2021 01:42 PM

I have the 50” extension table. I was able to lift it by hand, tilting the whole table onto its left edge lifting it frrom the end of the extention table, using the long rail on the front. Once it was kind of balanced there, I put a board under the extention, then I put a footstool under the right edge to keep it up on the right. I had it close up to my band saw on the left so it couldn’t go further and fall over. Lying on my side and back I was able to disassemble the lifting mechanism. If you have the shorter table, clamp a long strong board to it across the top and lift from the end of it, it will be much easier to tilt from far away. Have your stool or other support and board ready.

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