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Forum topic by RobPaterson99 posted 01-21-2022 09:59 PM 318 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RobPaterson99

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01-21-2022 09:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic 64b dust issue

In the less than two years owning this saw I have noticed that anytime I use it without dust collection, after a very small number of cuts, I can no longer lower the blade because sawdust builds quickly in the black trough that is on both sides and under the blade and will not fall to the ground or self clear.

I had the similar Jet version of this saw for 15 years and never once experienced this. Is this common for anyone else? Is there a fix?

Thank you!

Rob


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Woodmaster1

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#1 posted 01-21-2022 10:33 PM

When I taught one of my powermatic tablesaw started to smolder while I was at lunch. I had to take to top off to find the source it was where sap had built up. No damage just had realign the table square to the blade.

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#2 posted 01-21-2022 10:58 PM



When I taught one of my powermatic tablesaw started to smolder while I was at lunch. I had to take to top off to find the source it was where sap had built up. No damage just had realign the table square to the blade.

- Woodmaster1

Thanks for the input, which helped me think how I was not clear. This issue has been happening or me from day 1, everything is square, and there is no sap. I am hoping this is not a design flaw and there is a fix.

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#3 posted 01-21-2022 11:50 PM

Don’t own a PM 64B, but was curious to see what might be happening?

IMHO – The 64B was designed to ONLY be used with dust collection. The blade is shrouded, and has dust collection pipe to remove the saw dust. If you look closely at the parts drawing, if the dust is NOT sucked away; there is no place for it go.

The reason your Jet never had this issue, was it probably did not have closed in shrouded saw blade with only a hose to remove dust.

Suggest you call PM technical service and ask for their recommendation. SWAG is might be able to remove the dust hose and part of lower shroud to allow dust more room to fall out.

Cheers!

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2022 03:14 AM



Don t own a PM 64B, but was curious to see what might be happening?

IMHO – The 64B was designed to ONLY be used with dust collection. The blade is shrouded, and has dust collection pipe to remove the saw dust. If you look closely at the parts drawing, if the dust is NOT sucked away; there is no place for it go.

The reason your Jet never had this issue, was it probably did not have closed in shrouded saw blade with only a hose to remove dust.

Suggest you call PM technical service and ask for their recommendation. SWAG is might be able to remove the dust hose and part of lower shroud to allow dust more room to fall out.

Cheers!

- CaptainKlutz

Thank you Captain Klutz! I did call PM customer service this afternoon. They were very nice and courteous as they always are. The rep’s one idea was that maybe this model produces extra static electricity and that was the problem. They did agree to talk to more reps and get back with me next week. While I don’t take my saw far, my feeling was that the reason I bought a contractor’s style saw instead of a cabinet style saw was for this benefit. It would seem like a complete design flaw for a contractors saw to require dirt collection to function properly.

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#5 posted 01-22-2022 03:25 AM

I don’t have one either but would it be possible to use an air hose from your compressor to periodically use a blast of air to clear out the accumulated dust?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 01-22-2022 05:07 PM

Yep! That works and that is what I have been doing (although it is not occasionally – it is after every use where I am making multiple cuts if I want to be able to lower the blade). Just frustrating that with my last saw I never had to do that over 15 years, and with this one I have to do it every time.


I don t have one either but would it be possible to use an air hose from your compressor to periodically use a blast of air to clear out the accumulated dust?

- Lazyman


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