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Oscarmeyer28

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10-30-2020 08:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: saw band saw powermatic

Hello I found a powermatic 80 band saw that is in ok shape. It’s listed as 120v so I imagine it’s an aftermarket motor….says it’s a walker turner motor 1 HP. It looks to be an 18”? The tape measure goes to 19 and 1/4” so I’m not sure what to call it. Anyways they want around 700 I don’t know and can’t find much about these…. Seems like an ok deal what do we think?


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#1 posted 10-30-2020 08:49 PM

yeah. It’s an ok deal on a saw like that.

Delta made a similar looking saw. I had one. Good saw if a little bulky because of the cabinet size compared to modern Italian style saws.

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#2 posted 10-30-2020 09:30 PM

I think the manual says 5hp will the 1 HP be even remotely enough power?

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#3 posted 10-30-2020 09:40 PM

If it’s an old repulsion motor those develop more power.

In terms of resawing, you’re good to 6 or maybe 8” I reckon, with a sharp blade. Thicker than that and you’ll want a more powerful motor.

I say this because of personal experience resawing to 6” with a 3/4 hp INCA.

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#4 posted 10-31-2020 01:19 AM

Not many of the model 80 were produced? PM 81 is more common.

IMHO – $700 for 1HP 20” saw is strange sale price?
1HP is not enough motor for any serious cutting work. 2HP would be minimum I would want, preferably 3HP. Have seen a couple for sale in $1200-$1500 range, so $700 is not bad price if you need something that large.

You will find some information on PM80 over at Vintage machinery site, like a user manual:
http://www.vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=1772

Can find some posts on PM80 restoration work in OWWM forums like this thread: http://www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=190981&hilit=powermatic+80+bandsaw

The OWWM folks claim the trunions are weak and easily damaged. Inspect carefully, and remove table for transport.

Best Luck!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#5 posted 10-31-2020 03:43 PM

I was able to get him down to $450 so not a bad deal. It needs cleaned up and a new blade….I have the floor space so that’s not a big deal. I’ll look out for a 3hp motor over the next year and see if I can get a deal somewhere. Thanks for all the input!

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