Addendum: I have had my Powermatic for two years now and have planed hundreds of boards it is still working flawlessly. I have not as yet rotated the cutters. My only objection is the loud clunk it makes at the start. I wish they would have added a soft start to the motor. Yes, this is an expensive tool, but if you are going to work in your shop several days a week, like I do, it is a joy to use and makes woodworking much more fun.
After 30 years of using my trusty Makita 400mm planer, I took the plunge and invested most of my hard-earned box profits from the past year in a new Powermatic 15 inch planer. I found that it was a good day to own a 35 horse Kabota tractor with a pallet forks since this gold beauty comes with 500 pounds of love.
When installing the cast iron wings. Attach the center bolt with the wing upside down and then spin it to attach the other two bolts. Put in the set screws for these wings first before you install the wings. It will save you a lot of standing on your head time.
The pull-out lift bars and a good tractor are a real help in getting the planer off the pallet and into the shop.
Putting a #8 wire in a #10 connection box is a real pain.
Because the shaving are finer, the 4 inch collection port works just fine…especially with a cyclone type collector.
Connecting the dust collector took 6 inch water pipe fittings, AC duct work tin pipe, and some actual 4 inch dust collector hose.
It is a vast improvement in noise and has much less tear out on curly stock.
I am having way too much fun planing down stock for future boxes.
-- Big Al in IN