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Forum topic by Hammerthumb posted 09-25-2014 02:20 PM 932 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2014 02:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic pm 60 jointer

I have the opportunity to pick up an old PM 60 8” jointer for $500. I believe it is late 70s or early 80s. It seems to be in decent condition, and will have chance to test it this weekend before purchase. I have already checked table alignments and mechanical movement of the tables, but have not been able to fire it up due to lack of a power cord. The owner will have it connected and ready to run Saturday.

Is this jointer worth $500? Or should I bargain with the owner for a better deal?

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 08:58 PM

3 phase or single phase? That is probably not a bad price for single phase. Little high for a 3 phase. Depends on what is available where you live. The only one of those I have ever seen was in a school where I was teaching. They are rare in my area so it would bring more here than LA or Miami.

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 09:02 PM

That’s pretty good for a working machine that has a single phase motor or comes with a phase converter. If not, budget a new motor as well if you don’t already have three phase power.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 09:17 PM

It is a single phase so I am told. The motor does have a capacitor. They did not have a power cord hooked up, but will on Saturday when I go back to look. I’ll post my conclusion of the deal then. Hope it runs well.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 09:20 PM

That’s a fair price if you want Powermatic. The castings
used to be aged longer before machining than, for
example, Delta castings. Hence, among other factors,
the reputation and slightly higher resale values.

Of course you should still check it over in case it
was used as a storage table for heavy goods,
which can bent tables.

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 09:46 PM

I’d go for that. That seems to be a reasonable price to me, especially if you want a jointer.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 11:34 PM

Thats a great price for an 8” jointer of pretty much any make let alone a cast iron giant like this one. I own a PM60 and I am VERY happy with it. Mine is a little older then the one you have shown but it is a solid machine. I think you will find it difficult to find a comparable machine for much less then 500, though there will likely be several in the 600+ range.

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 11:38 PM

I paid 700$ for a jet 8” in New Orleans. That was the cheapest I saw an 8” in good shape.

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 11:42 PM

I got a Delta DJ-20 for $500 and am happy with that purchase. That jointer looks to be of similar quality.

Check out the knives if you haven’t done so yet. If they’re damaged badly, it’ll cost a at least a hundred to get a new set. If the knives are in good shape and he’s got a second set, then it’s a great buy.

-- See my work at and

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