I've had a PM66 for a couple months now and it has a tendency to be 'grabby'
when ripping stock, more so with thicker HWs. I've done all the blade,
miter slot, rip fence and run out alignments and checked and rechecked.
Tried different rip fence toe out settings etc get better results but still
not real smooth. Last nite I noticed I could grab and lift the bearing arm a
little. With the raising wheel lock not tightened I could raise the arm
assembly ~40 thousandths, with the lock tightened then I could raise it
'only' 20 thousandths. Seams like this could explain the grabby cut if the
blade is vibrating up and down. Does this sound like a problem. BTW no play
in the tilting mechanism I could detect
I talked to their tech support and he went from saying they will always be
a little play to umm I think that could be adjusted with a collar on the
raising shaft .. then to call me and let me know what you find out
Does the tightening knob just lock the adjustment wheel in place or should
it cause the worm gear and lift gear threads to pull together? Seams like
there shouldn't be any vertical movement when tightened
I'm going to try and adjust so they pull together if that doesn't do it I'll
take another run at the tech support
Any opinions or insight to this?
Thanks for reading
How do you define grabby?
Do you hear chattering when you rip? Could be stock that does not set flat
on the table top.
Does your waste have tooth marks in it? Are you using a splitter? Could be
internal stress in the wood pinching the blade.
That said, I would find it hard to comprehend the blade cutting into the
wood and lifting the trunion and motor assembly. It really should not be
taking a large enough bite that the wood would be able to provide
substantial enough support for the blade to climb.
It feels like its taking uneven bites when feeding in at slow and steady
rate like its fighting the wood being pushed in. It doesn't seem like a
pinch like if the fence were toed in. I do get sideways vibration of the
narrow waste. When I set the fence with a little toe out (15 thousandths)
the cut is fairly smooth but it still feels like the blade is fighting the
feed into it. Haven't tried with splitter on. Blades are new clean WWII(thin
and regular kerf 40Ts)
Trunion doesn't move... when lifting the bearing arm the motor moves as does
the blade shaft. Agree about the climbing .. way to much weight I was
thinking more of it vibrating up and down due to the slop
Joey, I get a chattering sound sometimes with my saw and it even seems that
the wood wants to lift. I discovered that the wood is the problem if it
bows up or bows down from front to back. Basically the chattering was the
wood vibrating as the it was being cut. This seems like what you are
That said, your toe out of 15 thousands sounds quite strong and may very
well be the problem. I personally subscribe to as close to dead on parallel
as possible. IIRC some blade manufacturers indicate a max of 5 thousands if
you are going to toe the fence out at the back.
Remember, the more toe out you have, the more you will be forcing the waste
into the left back side of the blade.
If it is a wood pinching problem, the splitter should alleviate a lot of
the symptoms. Often wood will try to close back up immediately after
passing the blade.
Do you notice if the symptoms are the same if you rip with a thin piece of
waste? Thin pieces of waste, 1/8" or so wide tend to not bind at the back
of the blade as badly and are easier cuts. Ripping down the center of a 4"
wide piece will tend to exaggerate rough cutting with a non parallel feed
Good point about stock haven't done a real project yet which I would follow
my normal stock prep and using my usual wood source. Narrow or wide waste
the feel is pretty much the same
I'll keep tweaking the fence around
Maybe its a matter of getting used to new saw, had my tricked out Craftsman
out for almost 15 years. If you take your blade off and lift up on the arbor
is there slop in your saw? I still can't help but think this is not normal
for a saw of this class. After looking again its definitely play in the ACME
threads that isn't present in the tilt adjusts
I had one of those super tuned Craftsman TS's for about 17 years also. I
don't think it is a matter of getting used to the saw and especially the
I did go out to my saw, a Jet JTAS 3 hp cabinet saw and found no play at the
arbor full up or part way down. Maybe to much play or lash in the
You might try raising the blade height so the blade teeth make a more
downward arc cut in the wood rather than an arc predominately toward
you. If that doesn't affect the "grabbiness" then it will certainly have
some affect on the feed resistance.
Owen Lowe and his Fly-by-Night Copper Company
Offering a shim for the Porter-Cable 557 type 2 fence design.
Or try some belt dressing/link belt. Belt slip sounds a player. If it
diminishes when you're cutting almost down versus into and down, it would
You could remove the entire fence after the leading edge of the blade
without worry if you care to. Though there are some physical-science
challenged types who still don't believe it. Push straight ahead. Notice
how we use pivot fences on bandsaws and blocks for repeat cuts against our
Welllllllllll,, I knew that the Powermatic web site in past years had
indicated the 2 belts, serpentine IIRC, but right now they are indicating
3VX belts. Could the 3VX be what the belt is called? I thought it was 3,
That may be it. I watched the assembly line down in Lavergne, TN a couple weeks
ago, and every saw going through was set for two belts. That saw is more
impressive than any other light produciton saw I've ever seen, when you check
it with the top off (I think I saw about 10 that way). The trunnion assembly is
truly massive, while the arbor is one piece and as prettily machined as
anything you ever want to see. They're now powder coating the cabinets, inside
and out. Lots of neat little details on how they do things, maintain quality
with a small assembly line, and still turn out 5000 to 6000 of these saws a
year (or more if needed, without losing quality).
"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave
it to." Dorothy Parker
So is sounds like the Powermatic quality has not been compromised as many
thought would be the case when Jet got involved. I could not understand the
logic with that assumption myself. I always thought that the 2 serpentine
belts was superior to the 3 V-belts as the belts tend to not take on a shape
and vibrate as much.
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