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Forum topic by UpstateNYdude posted 05-05-2016 04:34 PM 465 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2016 04:34 PM


Right now I’m looking at either the Powermatic 2800B or the Delta 18-900L, anybody that has owned one of these please give me some feedback on what you do or do not like about it. I’ve been trying to decide between the two the past 2-3 weeks and can’t seem to come to a conclusion as to what would suit me better both have things I like and do not like.

Any help appreciated let me know how easy it is to adjust the speeds, chucking a new bit, how you like the tables, ease of adjustments, and anything else you do or do not like.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 05:33 PM

I have had the Powermatic 2800 for several years. It looks like they have addressed several of my issues with my model and corrected that on the 2800B. The improvements are in the length of quill travel, low end rpm and table adjustment, all major improvements imho.
I enjoy the lasers and LED lighting, the accuracy of the machine and bit changes make using the Powermatic very enjoyable.
However in watching the video for the 2800B, I see that the fence has changed. Mine was adjustable in width, in that it came with a port and hose connection so you could do dust collection right at the bit. This feature is a big plus for me, I think it is the only downside of the 2800B. Though I do like the new locking mechanisms (lever style) for the fence, my are knobs which can be a bit cumbersome.

Good luck with your decision.

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#2 posted 05-05-2016 06:45 PM

Thanks Pat3

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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