I finally fired up my PM66 after rebuilding it. I made every attempt
to put the arbor back in it's previous position when I pressed it back
together. With the insert in place, and the blade at 0 degrees, the
blade appears to be centered in the insert slot. However, the blade
rubs the insert (on the right side when viewing from the infeed end)
when the bevel angle is above 35 degrees or so. I have run out of room
in the table mounting holes to shift the table any more. From what I
can see, here are my options:
1: Make a new, custom insert (I'll need a zero-clearance one anyway).
2: Enlarge table mounting holes and try to split the difference between
the 0-degree alignment and 45-degree alignment.
3: Shim the table top upward so that the blade doesn't touch the
4: Disassemble and press the arbor shaft a little farther into its
casting (my least desirable choice).
I should qualify this by saying that the saw was purchased used at
auction, is a 1969 vintage, and I cannot tell with any certainty that
it was properly aligned when I obtained it or that the supplied
aluminum insert is original or even correct for the saw.
Thanks in advance,