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The keeper

The keeper

08-15-2010 11:31 PM by Severiano | 1 comment »

Hi guys, I’ve just bought this machine and some 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1” chisels and bits. I have to say that it does an excellent job. Also, is not heavy. I’ve put it in a Powermatic mobile base for Bandsaws, and it rides great. It’s tilt table and all the little features in it makes it easy to work with on all kind of different projects. Would I recommend this machine to you guys?. I would say yes!.

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Powermatic 14" bandsaw

Powermatic 14" bandsaw

08-12-2010 09:11 PM by ChuckC | 25 comments »

I finally convinced myself that I was ready for a bandsaw. I spent about a month looking into them and settled on the Powermatic 14”. I wasn’t interested in getting something that I would have to upgrade due to any number of possible deficiencies so I thought I was safe with the trusted Powermatic name. Well, I was almost right. I had a rough start with this saw. If it wasn’t for their superior customer service I would have returned it. I ordered the 14” bandsaw, ri...

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The Great One

The Great One

06-06-2010 07:25 PM by Severiano | 5 comments »

It came already assambled and ready to go. There was only one minor problem with the mobile system of it. There is a pin that holds the spinning system to lower and raise the shaper, and it broke when trying lowering the mobile system. After hammering the pin out of the hole and inserting a nail for concrete instead, the Great One was ready to start chewing on wood. I thought it was going to make a hell of a noise, but… Surprise!!!, the Great One is at least 60% less noisy than my 1.5 h...

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The Beast!

The Beast!

05-11-2010 05:35 AM by CryptKeeper | 4 comments »

I purchased the PM 2800 two weeks ago and this thing is a BEAST. I originally intended on purchasing the Delta 20-950 but Delta has completely discontinued the line with no intentions of reviving it – I contacted Delta directly before I pulled the trigger on the Powermatic. I would have like the extra 2 inches the Delta offered and the extra 1-5/8” on quill travel but I think I’m going to be extremely happy with the PM. Pros:1 hp motor – perfect size for my shop True variable ...

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The Monster

The Monster

02-15-2010 12:10 AM by Severiano | 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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Powermatic 54A 6” Jointer

Powermatic 54A 6” Jointer

01-07-2010 10:35 PM 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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Powermatic 3520b, superstar

Powermatic 3520b, superstar

12-24-2009 03:29 AM 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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Powermatic PM1800 18" Bandsaw

Powermatic PM1800 18" Bandsaw

11-19-2009 06:45 AM 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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Powermatic Benchtop Mortiser, Model PM701

Powermatic Benchtop Mortiser, Model PM701

07-10-2009 06:02 AM by Don K. | 19 comments »

As many of you know, I have had a heck of a time getting a new benchtop mortiser lately. I had a Steel City Mortiser that I loved….and so did my dad. So I ordered him one from Woodcraft for fathers day, after several weeks of no mortiser, I finally got a e-mail from Woodcraft saying that Steel-city had missed three shipping dates and that the did not know when or even IF they would ever get them in. So they offered me a choice…get a full refund on what I paid ($269 on sale) or the...

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My "Almost" Dream Table Saw

My "Almost" Dream Table Saw

06-14-2009 03:05 AM by Lenny | 37 comments »

I have been woodworking without a table saw (TS) for nearly 30 years; using a radial arm saw as the workhorse of my tools. I never had the room for a table saw when I worked out of my 8’X11’ basement shop. In 2007 I became the happy owner of a dedicated shop, attached to my garage. It is only 8’x18’ but it has an 8’ ceiling and is almost double the space I had. I plan to retire from my job of 32+ years next July and planned to use the money I will receive for my unused v...

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