Does anyone have any advice on the 1970's model Powermatic 72. Have they
been a good saw in the past? It's got a biesemeyer fence and a 7hp Leeson
motor. I can pick it up for $800 obo. Is it possible to replace bearings
on these saws if need be? I'm headed down to take a look at it (about a 6
hour ride), just figured I'd try and gain some advice before jumping into
Really? I do [live in a residential area].
And I thought I was so smart to keep the three-phase when I had the
service upgraded. Thought I had surely killed the 'fridge about ten
years ago when I plugged the 20 amp breaker for the dedicated circuit
into the wrong slot. I didn't know those 15 watt appliance bulbs could
get that bright. And that defroster strip that hides in the divide
between the freezer side and the 'fridge side? While I was mesmerized
by the light I damn near blistered my left hand.
"Electric Wave" Dave In Houston
Unless you have a phase converter, you need to find out
about a replacement single phase motor. Some of the older
Powermatics have a problem with motor replacement due to
Go here http://www.owwm.com and look through the archives
on Powermatics. This saw has been discussed several times
by several folks. Look for Robert Vaughn comments. He is
a Powermatic field repair rep.
The 72 is a 12/14" saw with a 1" arbor which can be a pain
in the ass on blade selection.
I have one and I like it there are a few things you should know about it
It's a 14/12" saw with a 1" arbor
When you mount a 14" blade on it the blade will NOT retract below the table
They are big and heavy
If you can't use the 7.5 hp 3 phase motor I would buy it from you as some
one "changed" mine to a standard frame motor and I'm looking for another
( you can get a single phase 5hp motor for it)
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