My brother-in-law has a Powermatic III table saw that is in need of a new
motor. Any ideas on where to buy a replacement for this unit?
Has a Baldor 3hp motor.
Also, is the Powermatic III the same as a Powermatic 66?
Thanks for the help,
The "III" you're talking about is most likely the Powermatic
trademark. I think it's a stylized "PM".
With (only) a 3 HP motor, it's probably Model 66. Powermatic
does make bigger cabinet saws. Mine has the modle number
stamped in a plate below the blade raising handle.
I'd start here for a new motor:
I think it's a standard motor. If not, I'm sure someone
will correct me. :-) There may be a NEMA frame (i.e. C)
marked on the motor nameplate. With that, you should
be able to get a motor that fits almost anywhere.
I'd also check a local motor rewind shop or two and Dealers Electric:
<http://www.dealerselectric.com/ before I bought a new
Thanks for the input...I appreciate it.
What do you mean by checking a local motor rewind shop before I bought a
new one. Would the motor I have possible be repairable, or would these
places have other types of motors? Would you recommend a used/reconditioned
I will take a closer look at the saw and get some model numbers, etc. from
Baldor is a quality motor. It might be cheaper to get it
repaired than to buy a new one. That's the reason we
have motor rewind shops in the first place. :-) You didn't
say why you want a new one. Common repairs are just
replacing the starting switch or capacitor; I
would expect a repair for those to be much cheaper than
buying a new industrial quality motor. Ditto for a
I wouldn't worry about a rebuilt/repaired Baldor from a
reputable motor rewind shop, unless it was a heavy
production environment. If it were a heavy production
environment, the cost of a motor would be small compared
to the hassle of dealing with a motor problem and I'd
probably just buy a new one.
I'd take a rebuilt motor from a reputable shop without
worries, unless maybe
The reason for wanting a new one...my brother-in-law told me that he "burned
out" the motor while using it. I have no idea what burned out means in his
words, be it smoke, or the motor just seized up and stopped working.
I think I will pull the motor and get it to a local repair shop for an
estimate. Hopefully it will be one of the items you mention.
By the way, I certainly won't be using this saw for large production
jobs...just casual furniture making, and stuff around the house.
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