|Review by kjverlanic||posted 05-29-2008 06:08 PM||5538 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
When we were looking at a jointer we wanted to get one that would be able to handle all of our woodworking aspirations for many years to come. We compared 4 different 8” Jointers side by side and decided that since we had the money we might as well get this one, since it ended up on top of our list when comparing the following things: Type & Number of Knives
Cuts per Minute
Magnetic Power Switch
Pedestal Mounted Switch
Total Bed Length
Infeed Table Length
We also have a close friend that we trust and that grew up with Powermatics and owns them himself and he highly recommended them as a whole.
One of my biggest worries living out in the boondocks is Customer Service. The “test” run I did with each company I looked at put the Grizzly (They new their products and answered the phone right away) above the rest, and the Powermatic (took a while to answer their phone and weren’t as knowledgeable as they could be with their products) in second, but the likely hood that we would need to use Customer Service put the other factors higher up the list.
We looked at the Powermatic mobile base and decided that we didn’t like the stuff along the front of it (for safety purposes, I would really hate to trip over one of the casters) so we built our own base and got the parts for it from Grizzly and Steel Etc. Right now we just use a dolly in the front to move it, but need to build a lever with wheels to make it more user friendly.
It relatively quiet (a big plus for me as a Certified Hearing Conservationist) and easy to use. We have adjusted the blades a few times, more or less just to get familiar with the process while we have the time to pay great attention to detail so when we are in the middle of a project and something needs to be done with the blades it is second nature. The Parrallelogram beds are nice and we haven’t had to make any adjustment in any manner to them.
We can’t wait to get out there and start practicing more on it. If we had to make this choice again, we would make the same choice.
-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin