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08-03-2012 at 07:44 AM

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On my local classified there is a Powermatic Model 60B 8” jointer built in 1974 ( I just called Powermatic).
I can have it for $400.00.
Is this a good price for something 34 years old?
(I did not yet saw it)

-- Bert


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#1 posted 08-03-2012 at 07:54 AM

Go for it if it sounds good and makes a 90 degree joint.

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 at 08:19 AM

Considering that the comparable model today would be nearly five times the cost, I’d jump on it. If it is in good shape, that is to say, the in and outfeed tables are parallel and flat, and the machine doesn’t vibrate when turned on, buy it. Joiners haven’t changed much for over a hundred years or so. In fact, eighty year old machines manufactured by companies like Oliver and the like can still be spied on auctions. Powermatic in my opinion has been a bench mark for quality for many decades. I wouldn’t be afraid to go ahead with the purchase if it were me.

-- James, Michigan http://www.northcapecabinetsandmillwork.com

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 at 08:40 AM

Finisher, this is my opinion also.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 at 08:42 AM

A an 8” PM jointer for $400 is a “buy” in my book, so long as it’s in ok shape….especially if it was made in the US.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 at 08:44 AM

I would go for it so long as it had a single phase motor and was still flat.

I would come cash in hand but with a straight edge, to make sure the thing isn’t tweaked, because if you need a motor, or a phase converter, or have the tables reground (if you can find a shop).... it isn’t such a good deal

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 at 08:48 AM

DrDirt, exactly what I am going to do this afternoon at 2:30PM and look what else is for sale.
I have a 4’ Starett straight edge that I take with me.
I talked to the grandson, this is an old cabinet maker retiring and closing his business.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 08-03-2012 at 08:49 AM

I agree. Even if this thing needs a few hundred in parts you can’t touch that price brand new. There was one for sale in my area a few months back for 100$!! Another LJ picked it up before I had a chance to go look at it :)
After what you did with your Unisaw, you are obviously capable of fixing it up.

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#8 posted 08-03-2012 at 09:01 AM

“After what you did with your Unisaw, you are obviously capable of fixing it up.”
Thank Joe, I have been a mechanic or involved in mechanical stuff for 45 years.
My present job is to qualify and to make ready for production high precision and high quality pharmaceutical equipment.
This is why I have access to a 4 feet Starrett straight edge,this thing cost small fortune.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 08-03-2012 at 09:41 AM

Oh – that’s a sweet deal on a swell machine…. assuming
there are no missing or broken castings. Or warped
tables. A warped fence can be straightened with weights
but bad tables must be reground or tolerated. I had
a jointer with funky tables for awhile and I learned to
work around it so the whole thing about jointer tables
needing to be perfect is not exactly true.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#10 posted 08-03-2012 at 02:37 PM

I just come back from looking the jointer.
It ii in great shape. Everything is flat and straight and there is no vibration.
The only thing i really do not like at all , is the blade protector. this thing will have to be replace ASAP.
I bought it.
I shall go pick it up in the morning

-- Bert

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#11 posted 08-04-2012 at 05:51 AM

Awesome Bert! I can’t wait to see what you do with this thing! If you search on here. I think someone made a replacement porkchop for a model 60. Post some pictures.

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#12 posted 08-04-2012 at 05:53 AM

Bring a long straight-edge. If solid, hand over the green.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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