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rrdesigns

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1186 days ago

Anyone know how to raise the outfeed table on a Powermatic 54A jointer? It is reading .026 below the highest point on the cutter head. I have tried using the handwheel with no success. It turns, but nothing happens to the table height. I loosened the limiting collet and the thumbscrew on the back already.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs


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patron

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#1 posted 1186 days ago

it may be at it’s limit already

maybe lower the cutters

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 1186 days ago

I don’t think the cutterhead height is adjustable. If it is, I don’t know how.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#3 posted 1186 days ago

not the cutter head
(you are right it isn’t adjustable)

just the blades

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 1186 days ago

The blades are not the problem. The cutter head itself is. The outfeed table needs to be level with the highest point of both blade and cutter head. When the outfeed is too low, the wood rides over the high point on the cutterhead and actually leaves the infeed table ruining the operation.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#5 posted 1186 days ago

the blades are made to be sharpened
so need to be adjustable up and down

if the body of the cutterhead is truly higher
than the outfeed table
maybe you need to get with powermatic about this problem

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 1186 days ago

Thanks for trying, Patron. I’ve already sent Powermatic an email. Awaiting a response. I’m hoping a fellow LJ might have run into the same problem so I don’t lose my weekend waiting.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#7 posted 1186 days ago

the only other thing i can think of
is shims in the dovetail ways
for the table itself
not the best
but i’ve seen it done on worn jointers
and other tools

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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jm82435

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#8 posted 1186 days ago

If you can spin the adjusting handle and nothing happens, it sounds like maybe the adjustment screw is probably either stripped (not probable) or is no longer engaged with the adjustment nut. My first thought would be to make sure it is not locked down in the back, or just stuck on the ways (gibs too tight?) as patron mentioned (probably need to loosen them with an 10mm wrench and 3mm hex wrench)

You can find the owners manual here:

http://content.powermatic.com/manuals/m_1791279DX.pdf

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#9 posted 1186 days ago

jm may have a good point beth
when i was helping rand with his
that is what happened
we took everything apart and cleaned them well
(he used a wire wheel too)
and some smooth lube
and everything came good again

don’t know why i didn’t think of that

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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