Older Powermatic jointer

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by paridgerunner posted 02-15-2019 01:34 AM 383 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View paridgerunner's profile


14 posts in 78 days

02-15-2019 01:34 AM

Does anyone have information/experience with the Powermatic jointers from the green era??

This one is wired 220, seller says it can be wired to 110. Looks like an aftermarket switch..??

It is a Model 50.

I have been looking at this one listed on FB for $500. I have a message into the seller about the year.

Price seems a little high for my area, I think.. I have seen 2 Grizzly 6” jointers that were in good shape sell for $300 and they were only listed for a couple hours.

7 replies so far

View TungOil's profile


1143 posts in 793 days

#1 posted 02-15-2019 02:21 AM

Green PM’s are awesome. Judging from the panel saw and vertical lumber In the background this machine is in a commercial shop so I’d look it over carefully for excessive wear and play in the bed ways and listen to the bearings carefully as well. Not much to go wrong with them. Take a long straight edge with you. It will have straight knives, not a helical head. Get the serial number from the seller and call PM tech support to be sure parts are still available (99% sure they are).

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

View BobHall's profile


50 posts in 1583 days

#2 posted 02-15-2019 03:09 AM

I agree with TungOil. It should be a great machine. I have seen them for less but not lately. Condition is everything especially, as was said, regarding the beds and ways. Bearings blades and belts will be standard sizes available from many on line suppliers. It is worth a little more if it’s near you and easy to get, and of course the seller should be willing to let you try it out. Good Luck!

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

View Woodmaster1's profile


1133 posts in 2885 days

#3 posted 02-15-2019 05:13 AM

Make sure it works. I had the eight inch version only older in the high school shop I taught at. The parts were a challenge because mine was older enough they change their numbering system so a lot of cross referencing was needed. But if I set it at a fixed depth at it ran great. The adjustment screw was stripped out so when the part could not be found that was a great solution.

View Gentile's profile


328 posts in 2116 days

#4 posted 02-15-2019 05:37 PM

PM 50s greens are great machines. Mine was originally from a Junior High school. The guy I bought it from changed out the motor from 3 phase to a 110v.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

View paridgerunner's profile


14 posts in 78 days

#5 posted 02-19-2019 02:03 AM

Look like this one is from ~ 1972, based on the serial # info. I could find. It’s a 1 hour + ride to go look at it. It was sale pending, now back for sale…..

I also did see a used Ridgid that looked to be in excellent shape 20 minutes from me. Listed for $390 on CL with a mobile base.

View jonah's profile


2035 posts in 3596 days

#6 posted 02-19-2019 03:47 AM

$500 is absurdly high for any 6” jointer, no matter what color the paint job.

I paid that for my PM60, which is the 8” jointer.

It’s a good machine, but so is basically every other jointer on the market. Jointers are fundamentally simple machines, which is good for consumers because it means they’re easy to get right.

View jonah's profile


2035 posts in 3596 days

#7 posted 02-19-2019 03:48 AM

That switch, by the way, is a menace. At the very least it would need a proper magnetic switch installed. Not a huge expense, but requires some work.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics