Powermatic Model 60B 8" and Blades Protector

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08-04-2012 01:09 PM

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Yesterday I bought a Powermatic Model 60B 8” jointer.
It was build in May 1974 ( which I guess makes it older than most LJ members) but it seems to be in excellent condition.
Everything is straight and flat as it should be and there is no vibration.
The one thing i really do not like on the jointer is the blades protector. It is the usual “pork chop or kidney” style but it is articulated from the side of the machine. In general I already do not care for this style of protector, I prefer the European style but this on is truly awkward and terrible to use.
I called Powermatic yesterday and the person I talked to told me that some owners were able to mount the new style protector on older machines.
Did you had any successful experience with that?
Thank you for reading.

PS: i saw on E-bay that a spiral head is available for this jointer. I would be interested to purchase one as it is easier and cheaper to replace only one cutter than the whole knife.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 01:19 PM

Nice Bert! Congrats on a great score! The spiral heads are nice. In addition to only replacing one cutter at a time, you get 4 uses out of each one.


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#2 posted 08-04-2012 01:54 PM

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8” Jointers
Powermatic 60B

Powermatic 60B
Jointer with Motor (3HP, 8”, 3PH)

Brand Powermatic Cuts Per Minute 21000 Cutterhead Speed (RPM) 7000 Cutting Capacity (W x D/in.) 8×1/2 Dust Collection Minimum CFM Required 800… more See the review

Price: $1649.00
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Rated Top Tool

The reviewer rated this jointer as Top Tool since it not only rated at the top in many test areas but was priced close to the Craftsman 21703 and Jet JJ-8CS jointers that generally scored somewhat lower. This jointer is very good in cut quality, bed length, and weight. In particular, the bed length is 83 inches, which is 8 inches longer than the next longest bed tested, and the weight is 600 pounds, which gives the machine good stability, especially when working with long, heavy stock. Other positives are the rack-and-pinion fence-tilt system, a plastic fence guide that protects the tabletop, a column-mounted magnetic power switch for safety, and a depth-of-cut limiter for safety. This machine uses a lever instead of a handwheel, but although most levers lack precision, this model’s lever is so smooth that no precision loss is evident.

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