|Forum topic by darthford||posted 73 days ago||501 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
73 days ago
I’m trying to decide between these two machines, Powermatic 60HH $2,444 vs Grizzly G0490 $1,445. I can’t seem to talk myself into the Grizzly which is bugging me because its $1,000 cheaper and a parallelogram vs the Powermatic older style dovetail.
So lets talk helical cutter heads for starters, has anyone used the Grizzly helical cutter head on extremely figured maple?
I have used a Byrd Shelix planer cutter head on figured maple before so I know what it can do. The Grizzly cutter head while helical, is still a straight cut with fewer inserts so I am concerned about tear out.
The Powermatic cutter head is not a Byrd Shelix its a Taiwan clone which for the $1,000 difference in price is a bit irritating. But the Powermatic cutter head is both helical and shearing like the Byrd Shelix and uses the Byrd Shelix inserts.
Some other differences in favor of the Powermatic, cutter head RPM is 7,000 on the Powermatic vs 4,800 on the Grizzly. The PM has a longer, better fence with an anti-scratch insert and upgraded fence controls. It has a more modern large panic stop button, owners complained the button panel on the Grizzly was flimsy. While the Grizzly tables are 3 inches longer overall the outfeed table is actually shorter than the Powermatic. PM motor is made in Taiwan vs Grizzly motor made in China. I don’t like the funky aluminum table ends on the Grizzly near the cutter head vs all cast iron on the PM and read one owner complaining they were poorly fit.
Things in favor of the Grizzly 3hp vs 2hp (if you can believe the specs), superior mobile base, serpentine belt drive vs V belt on the PM, parallelogram not sure how much of an advantage that is really. The $1,000 saved would go a long way towards a bandsaw.