|Review by 2bigfeet||posted 02-10-2011 04:15 AM||2955 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
It cuts very nicely. Leaves a glass like finish, is quieter cutting than my old 6” Powermatic model 50, the depth of cut lever moves effortlessly, table and fence are flat as a pancake… bonus. I was a little concerned early on with vibration. I had started it before I had the fence assembly on just to be sure the motor/cutterhead alignment was good. The on/off switch post was vibrating considerably, but after the weight of the fence assembly went on it was steady as a rock. I will say, the switch post is a little wimpy.
They must have laid this down on the floor right after they painted it at the factory. The bottom had all kinds of crud caked under the paint. There was no way this would have sat flat on the stand. So I stuffed a rag down the cutter chute and got out my disc sander. Sprayed it with a can of green rustoleum that was almost a perfect match. Picture of the cutterhead shows the crud buildup on the casting. After sanding and painting… much better.
I had to pad out the motor mount’s four bolts with three flat washers on each bolt to move the motor out to clear the mount’s brace in order to shift it enough to get the pulleys coplanar. Trip to the hardware store that I shouldn’t have had to make.
The job of cleaning all the cosmoline off the cutterhead was a tedious task to say the least.
Seems like they didn’t quite make the base large enough for the joiner itself as it hangs off the edges just bit… but thats nit picking.
Works as it should. An improvement over my older Powermatic model 50. Nicer cut, slightly longer table (55” to 46”), quieter, on/off switch in a convenient place… no regrets.