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A Tradition of Excellence: Powermatic 66 Table Saw Retires

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Beauty and Braun: The Powermatic Model 66 is not only a gorgeous saw but it performed at the top

Beauty and Braun: The Powermatic Model 66 is not only a gorgeous saw but it performed at the top

Back in 1966, Powermatic made huge leaps in table saw design with their Model 66 saw, and since then it’s become an iconic benchmark for all other cabinet style table saws.

This Made-In-The-USA saw ran smoother than any other table saw and would do so for decades without a hitch. Powermatic set the bar high with the no-nonsense cast iron and steel construction, exclusive 3VX belt drive system, an extra wide stable trunnion, and the tilting arbor on butter smooth worm gears driven by heavy cast iron wheels.  The mighty Model 66 was the heaviest saw in its class, which meant vibration free operation.  In turn, the saw became renowned for unmatched accuracy and dependability for over 40 years.

And it was also just a beautiful machine.  Woodworkers would invite their neighbors over for a barley pop while they stood around in the shop just admiring the size of this thing.  And the perfect gold painted cabinet.  They’d take turns looking at their reflection in the polished table top.  The real fanatics would turn it on and just watch it run for a minute, humming along without a single vibration. read more

Nick Cook Turns Big Bubinga Bowls for Powermatic at AAW Symposium

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Making the chips fly

Making the chips fly

Few woodworking activities elicit sheer youthful thrill and goofy smiles as much as woodturning does.

What competes with chucking up a nice block of wood on a lathe seated on 50-pound cast-iron legs, flipping the switch and pushing that mammoth toothpick you call a “roughing gouge” into the spinning blank? Anything?

Very little, once you feel the wet chips soar into the air and float down to cover your arms, torso, and head.  Maybe peeling big, long wood curls with a hand plane comes in at a distant second.  Depends on your tastes.

Anyway, it’s this thrill of woodturning that brought out some 1,100 folks to the American Association of Woodturners Symposium from June 26 through June 28. The 23rd Annual National AAW Symposium took place in Albuqueque, New Mexico – and Woodworkers Source took pleasure in supplying all the turning blanks for the demonstrations by Powermatic.

We piled up all manner of blanks, from cherry and walnut and maple to some other lesser-known and yet beautifully  bizarre woods from all over the world and sent them off to our friends at Powermatic.  Powermatic’s turners proved their mettle on Powermatic 3520-B wood lathes throughout the show.  But we tossed in just one piece for an extra special challenge for he-who-dared: read more