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11-03-2015 03:56 PM

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I am looking at a used powermatic 50 Jointer of CL and am wondering if it is a good model to purchase or one to stay away from. I already have one of the bench 6: delta’s that I want to punt every time i use it so don’t want this to be the same mistake. Also what is a decent price for this model?

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#1 posted 11-04-2015 04:04 AM

If all you have room for is a 6”, the Powermatic is a top of the line ‘lifetime’ jointer. I have met too many people who have bought a 6” and regretted it, wishing they had held out for an 8”. A general rule of thumb for used jointers is $100 an inch for Powermatic/Rockwell/Delta in good/very good condition. I’ve paid far less for some that needed some work, but I’ve also paid a little more for some really mint ones. I’ve also found a couple really nice ones for super cheap. It’s hit-and-miss as far as their advertised asking price.

If you’re jointing short-ish, narrow-ish stock a 6” might work perfect for you. I currently have an old Wallace short bed 8” that I really like because of the 4 knife skewed cutterhead, but the short bed is a nightmare for jointing long stock

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 04:53 PM


I recently bought a J.D. Wallace 8” jointer at an auction, got it for 285 and its in near mint condition. The man kept his tools in good shape. The problem that I discovered after I bought the jointer is that setting the knives is not the same as other jointers I or planers I have used. After some research online, I found an older jointer manual with a cross section of the skewed cutter head, and next to the cross-section was a funny looking wrench that is needed to set the knives. Is there something I am missing about setting these knives? Or is the skewed cutter head suppose to be like this. Very strange, it was not like this man to have his tools not set right, the man was a McDonnel Douglas machinist, very anal. I have no idea where to get this wrench, or is there another way to set the knives, because right now they are not on the same plane as the out feed table. Help!


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#3 posted 07-05-2017 02:34 PM

Sorry David… got busy for about a year.

Yes, Wallace made a tool. I don’t have that tool either, but I do have a Wallace 8” jointer. As you’ve discovered, setting the knives can be a &$@#%*¥. The first time I did it was really frustrating. I currently use a Starrett back plunger dial indicator or a Oneway gauge.

I haven’t actually seen that tool. I ended up running to the hardware store and buying a bolt that fit (Off hand I can’t remember what size that was) some washers and a couple nuts. That tool doesn’t really HELP installing the knives much although it would be faster loosening the knives with a tool as opposed to the cobbled together mess of hardware that I use.

I am waiting on new knives to replace my dull ones and already started a video on how I do it and what I use.ill post a link when I those knives show up on how I do it. It’s not hard, but can be time consuming….and a brown truck just backed into my driveway….....

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