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Lrobinson

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06-29-2017 07:50 PM

Is this a good deal? See image below. I’m in the market for a jointer. I know this thing sells new for around 1200. Id love an 8 inch, but just can’t justify spending that much for a long long time. Figured this one would re sell pretty well if I ever did decide to upgrade.
Powermatic 54a – $650
4-5 years old.
Also comes with 2 extra sets of knives


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Loren

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#1 posted 06-29-2017 08:56 PM

I wouldn’t call it a bargain.

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mat60

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#2 posted 06-29-2017 09:18 PM

Offer him $550

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cabmaker

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#3 posted 06-29-2017 09:42 PM

A decent price…..and it is a nice machine

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jbay

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#4 posted 06-29-2017 09:45 PM

A year from now it won’t matter what it cost and you will have a descent jointer!

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magaoitin

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#5 posted 06-29-2017 10:09 PM

I would consider it a good deal, half price from new and its only a couple years old. And It will keep the bulk of its price for the next 10 years. I would bet in 10 years this would sell for $550

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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Lrobinson

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#6 posted 06-29-2017 10:22 PM

Thanks to all of you for the info. I’ve been getting into woodworking for about 6 months now and I’m hooked. I think I’m gonna get it!

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#7 posted 06-29-2017 10:42 PM

You wont lose money if you decide to upgrade at a later date to an 8”

-- Doug...

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jonah

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#8 posted 06-30-2017 01:43 AM

It’s hysterical to me how much people pay for powermatic 6” jointers.

I bought an Enco (random 8” taiwanese) 1990s jointer for $300 four years ago. That was a deal, I admit it.

After leaving the Enco behind before our move, I just bought a 1970s PM model 60 for $600 two months ago. They’re the exact same jointer except for marginally better fit and finish on the PM.

Paying $650 for a 6” jointer is crazy, no matter what it says on the label. Save your money and buy a random 6” long bed from Delta for $300, or one of the taiwanese clones for $150-250.

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 06-30-2017 01:59 AM

I’d rather an older made in USA powermatic.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Runner

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#10 posted 06-30-2017 02:23 AM

I paid $450 for a 54A about a year ago. I like the long tables, but it was a real pain to get setup properly.

-- Kjell - Eau Claire WI

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#11 posted 06-30-2017 02:27 AM



I d rather an older made in USA powermatic.

- TheFridge


My Model 60 is made in the USA. Like I said, marginally better fit and finish than the taiwanese clone, but certainly not worth double the price. The operation is exactly the same down to every detail.

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magaoitin

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#12 posted 06-30-2017 03:43 PM

I agree that you can find used 8” jointers out there for under $500, but they are going to be 15-20 (to 50) years old at a minimum. Some people are not interested in fixer uppers or just older equipment. Do you want an old 8” green machine for $400 or a new and shiny 6” yellow one for $650 with (probably) no issues?

I picked up a 1961 Powermatic Model 60 (8”) about 2 years ago for $200, but it has a 3 phase motor. But I have to mess with static phase converters, VFD’s, or a motor swap. To be honest if this newer 6” Powermatic were sitting next to the ‘61 that I bought, I would have been tempted to buy this one instead.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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jonah

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#13 posted 06-30-2017 04:11 PM



I agree that you can find used 8” jointers out there for under $500, but they are going to be 15-20 (to 50) years old at a minimum. Some people are not interested in fixer uppers or just older equipment. Do you want an old 8” green machine for $400 or a new and shiny 6” yellow one for $650 with (probably) no issues?

I picked up a 1961 Powermatic Model 60 (8”) about 2 years ago for $200, but it has a 3 phase motor. But I have to mess with static phase converters, VFD s, or a motor swap. To be honest if this newer 6” Powermatic were sitting next to the 61 that I bought, I would have been tempted to buy this one instead.

- magaoitin


If the newer 6” was sitting next to it with a $650 price tag on it, you would (or should, at least) have walked right by and bought the 8”.

6” jointers are fine for what they are, but the used 6” jointer worth $650 (or $550, for that matter) hasn’t been invented yet. Brand new 6 inchers with helical cutting heads and more powerful motors don’t cost too much more than $650.

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#14 posted 07-01-2017 06:44 AM

Boy, it’s nice to see them go for more than I paid for mine new. Which was about $450 in 92’. My beds might not be as long though. Now I just have to get the junk off and use it again. My shop shrunk when I had to move out of that side of the basement. Dan

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