|Forum topic by Jeff_F||posted 09-07-2011 04:54 AM||5890 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-07-2011 04:54 AM
I am in the market for a new 20” helical head planer. I have an opportunity to purchase either a Powermatic or Jet with an employee discount from a retail store that carries these machines, so I am looking at those two models. Even with the discounts, there is about a $1000 difference between the two machines. The Powermatic uses a Byrd Helical head whereas the Jet uses a non-Byrd head. Probably an in-house or 3rd party head. The only other siginificant difference in the infeed/outfeed table size…the Powermatic has about a 5” larger tablesize. I do ‘word of mouth’ commission work so I would put more wood through these machines than the average hobbiest but not 8 hrs per day. So….
Does anyone have experience with these machines and can offer some use and reliability information? I am concerned about the non-byrd head for both cutting quality and reliability. Both Powermatic and Jet have the same parent company so the inner workings of the machines may be very similar but is the Powermatic worth a $1000 step up?
Any thoughts and insights would be helpful!
-- Jeff, www.jeffswooddesigns.com