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    Powermatic Model 50 Jointer

    I went to a garage sale today and came across this jointer. The seller had it marked $350, but upon talking offered to sell it for $275. I said I couldn't go over $175 and he said $200 was as low as he'd go. After talking to him for for a little while I agreed to the $200 price and brought it home.

    Looking at information on the OWWM site, I think it is probably and early 60's model. It is three phase, but I have a single phase motor that will work. It needs a serious cleaning (that's grease on the tables, not rust) and needs to be repainted. I'm going to strip it down and do a full restoration.

    Talking to the seller, it came out of a suburban Detroit-area high school and had been in storage for a few years before he bought it at an auction a few years ago.
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    Nice find. Is that a 6"? What size motor did it have? It will look and work great after the restoration.

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    Great catch.

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    Yes, its a 6". It has a 3/4 HP motor in it now. The motor I have is a 1/2 HP, but it is very old (has the drip cups for oiling) and is probably 50% larger, so I think it will work just fine.

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    Fast-forward 25 days. Here is how it looks now. Painting is complete and all the hardware is cleaned up.

    I'm still messing around with motors. A friend gave me a no-name Chinese motor which would work, but another friend has a Century motor I'm going to look at tomorrow night that he'd sell me for $35. Only question is whether it is reversible as it currently is rotating the wrong direction and he's not sure.

    It came with a magnetic starter, but the overloads for it aren't easily available and were too small for a single phase motor so I decided to put a standard switch on it. I started watching Ebay for an original style switch, expecting to pay $40-50 for it. Someone listed one and I asked if he'd be interested in adding a Buy It Now at whatever price he felt was appropriate. I got it for $12. It cleaned up nicely
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    Looking good Matt, that is going to be sweet when it is all done!
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    Missed the original post...I think you got a steal there! Can't wait to see it all assembled.
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    Well, I actually finished it up the week of the 4th, but things have been crazy the last couple weeks so I just got around to taking photos. I picked up a dust hood for it over the weekend but haven't had time to install that yet.
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    Very nice, Matt. That thing cleaned up like new.

    Note to self: Bring Matt along as the negotiator when buying used tools.
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    I somehow missed this till now. Not a PM Green fan but that looks great. What motor did you end up with?
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