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Powermatic 54A 6” Jointer

Powermatic 54A 6” Jointer

1686 days ago by PeteMoss | 11 comments »

Jointer Overview: I decided to purchase a jointer for my home workshop. I did a LOT of online research and talked to as many local folks as I could trying to make sure I made the best purchase. I considered the value of Gizzly, the somewhat less expensive Jet models available, looked for quality OLD jointers to restore, plus a dozen more possibilities. I wanted an 8” model but couldn’t quite swing it. In the end it came down to a four-day 15% off sale on Jet and Powermatic at my local Wood...

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PM2000 Onyx

PM2000 Onyx

1006 days ago by Bill1225 | 11 comments »

Really not much to say other then excellent. After using the saw all day i keep asking my self why i waited so long. Assembly was simple just took my time and rechecked everything as i went. Only downside during assembly was i had to run out and get a tap for rear fence rail there was a ton of paint in the threads . Over all it took me about 4hours to put together with a helper. Once i got it dialed in I put it right to work minus one hicup. (see my freud fussion review) We ran a total of...

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The Monster

The Monster

1647 days ago by Carpintonto | 11 comments »

Needing to plane more than 13” boards and deliver better quality, I’ve bought this planer. I have to say that is a real ” MONSTER ”. I putted through a 1 foot x 1” x 3’ Jatoba board and planed down to 3/4”, with only a 1/4 of the noise my 13” Rigid planer would make. I got magnificent results and I’ll be doing the wider boards this week. If you are on the look for a wider capacity planer, consider checking these reviews every week ‘c...

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(New) PM2700 for sale

(New) PM2700 for sale

11 days ago by filzencustoms | 11 comments »

The good:Digital readout is a wonderful feature if you want to stack cutters on the spindle. However, you have to keep an eye on it because mine will creep even with the handwheel lock tightened. The bad:THE SHAPERat first glance I was excited to get this out of the crate and assembled because the fence looked so nice with all of the adjustment features. I was very very disappointed with this fence. it moves all over the place and by all over the place I mean the wings flex over an 1/8...

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A test of my patience leads to a very satisfying outcome.

A test of my patience leads to a very satisfying outcome.

2253 days ago by FloridaUFGator | 10 comments »

I know this is already listed under the tablesaw reviews but the previous ‘review’ wasn’t really a review. I’ll do my best to give you my thoughts on this. This review is from a perspective of ‘once the machine is put together’. Complaints are at the end. Power – SUPERB! Everything just melts as it goes through this thing (if you know what I mean). I came from a Ridgid TS2400 (I think that was the number). Granted – this isn’t a...

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Powermatic PM1800 18" Bandsaw

Powermatic PM1800 18" Bandsaw

1735 days ago by RobWoodCutter | 10 comments »

Apoligies for the long post but here goes. History: About a 1-1/2 year ago I picked up a Steel City 18” bandsaw from the local Woodcraft and about a year ago also picked up a Powermatic 14” bandsaw. The intent was to use the SC as a resaw machine and the PM for the balance of the tasks. Have been happy with both of them. I had been stocking up on rough saw boards, many wider than the SC could resaw. So I started looking around and reading everything I could find on the web o...

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Frustrating... Great customer service!

Frustrating... Great customer service!

2359 days ago by Davedust | 9 comments »

OK, for starters I’m not much of an internet guy, Id much rather be in the shop. That said I am so disappointed with this saw that it has driven me to this. So, after getting the saw home and starting to put it together I noticed a metal bur along the cast iron extension wings, where it joins with the main saw body. It was about 1/32 – 1/64 high the entire length of both extension wings. Not much of a big deal, was able to take care of it, but I started to think humm… After gettin...

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Powermatic 3520b, superstar

Powermatic 3520b, superstar

1700 days ago by Padre | 9 comments »

I’ve had my Powermatic for almost a year now, and I have used it a LOT. It runs true and smooth. The lathe was perfectly level/square right out of the box. I have had NO problems with this lathe. It is quiet, powerful and it feels good to be at. It makes you comfortable knowing that you will be able to do what you want to do. At first, being a new turner, it intimidated me a little, but now, we are best friends. I would not hesitate to recommend this lathe to anyone.

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Mostly does what it is supposed to

Mostly does what it is supposed to

179 days ago by Manitario | 9 comments »

I bought this planer about a year and a half ago. I wanted to upgrade my 13” lunchbox planer and figured that there was no sense just upgrading to 15”. I can’t remember what lead to my decision to go with the Powermatic over other brands. The planer is heavily built and came with large, cast iron extension tables. Built in wheels made it easy to move around, thankfully because it is almost 800lbs! It also comes with an extra gear sprocket and gear chain to change the feedi...

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Powermatic PM1300

Powermatic PM1300

1996 days ago by hairy | 8 comments »

I’m starting to take over the basement now that the garage is full. I promised to keep it clean,and this is a big part of that. All I have connected at this time is a lathe, but that will change. I looked at just about everything that I could go and look at.To me, this was the ideal machine. Good specs, small size,not real loud. Speaking of specs: Impeller diameter = 12” Sound rating at 3 ft (db) = 75 – 90 Air flow at 6” (CFM) = 1,064Velocity at 6” (F...

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