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Forum topic by Paul2962 posted 05-26-2019 09:18 PM 248 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2019 09:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic jointer guard

Hello. I am looking at moving to 8 inch on a jointer and was looking at the Powermatic. It looks like a great tool but fine woodworking pans the guard. Now safety is very important and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this guard or if there is a fix.

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#1 posted 05-26-2019 10:32 PM

I didn’t read the Fine Woodworking article to which you refer but I did go to the Powermatic website and look at the picture. It looks like the same “pork chop” style guard that has been in use for decades with very few complaints. If Fine Woodworking is saying that the European style sliding cover type guard is better, I will have to very strongly disagree. I have such a machine and I hate it. You are supposed to slide the work piece under the guard while it completely covers the blade.This is incredibly awkward and prevents the user from being able to apply uniform pressure on the work piece. That is unacceptable. I usually just slide the guard over until the exposed portion of the head is as wide as the work piece. I do the best I can to protect myself using a push block and proceeding very carefully. If I am flattening a wide piece on my 12 inch machine, the cutter head is fully exposed before and after the cut is completed. That is much more dangerous than the pork chop style guard, which covers the unneeded portion of the cutter head at all times whether in operation or just sitting there. I used the pork chop style for decades, If I had known how poorly the European style guard would function in actual practice, I would never have bought the machine.

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#2 posted 05-26-2019 11:48 PM

I agree with Art. The pork chop guard is a proven good safety device and the Powermatic version is probably just as good. I have an 8” Delta DJ-20 and wish that I had a 10” or 12” like Art.

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#3 posted 05-27-2019 12:59 AM

I have the 60HH. No problem with the guard. Great machine.

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#4 posted 05-27-2019 05:39 AM

I have have used both styles. I love the Euro guard on my Jointer/planer and dislike the Pork Chop. Go figure, to each their own I guess.

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#5 posted 05-27-2019 05:59 AM

I have a pork chop style guard for my jointer. It’s standing up in the corner behind my jointer out if my way. :)

Good Luck

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