Which jointer would you choose between these two???

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Forum topic by tkeenan posted 02-26-2020 02:37 PM 614 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2020 02:37 PM

Planning on picking up a new jointer today. I’ve narrowed down my choices to these two. Which would you choose?

Powermatic 54A


I’d love to get an 8”, but just don’t have the room or budget. One of these will be coming home with me this afternoon, just not sure which one yet. Unfortunately, the place I’m purchasing from does not have any display models of these two. They were sold last week.

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#1 posted 02-26-2020 02:42 PM

I’ve had both; I first got the Powermatic and kept it for just over a year; sold it for what I paid and bought the slightly smaller Jet; very happy with it after a year; it is easier to adjust the beds than the PM; either way, you can’t go wrong

-- Randy

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#2 posted 02-26-2020 02:50 PM

+1 on the Jet for basically the same reasons matgas stated.

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#3 posted 02-26-2020 03:18 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’m leaning towards the Jet.

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#4 posted 02-26-2020 03:47 PM

I have the Ridgid 6 1/8 and love it, but then again, I have only used it and a worthless benchtop.
Rikon $1600, helical head.
$1400 sure looks like the $700 Grizzly.
Baileigh makes several including longer tables. At least one is probably the same as the Powermatic
Smallest Oliver is not cheap.

So, from a fairly inexperienced view, what is what between the $600 and $1200 or even $1600 for the same basic 1 HP 6” jointer? Enclosed vs open stand?

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#5 posted 02-26-2020 03:47 PM

Personally, though I can’t speak to the ease of adjusting the table, I think I would prefer the extra 10 inches of table length on the Powermatic.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#6 posted 02-26-2020 04:02 PM

i dont have the jet jointer but i have 4 of there other machines and thave all worked flawlessly so id highly recommend jet tools.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 02-26-2020 04:11 PM

I’ve had this model Jet jointer for about 4 years. It works very well for me and I’ve had no problems with it. I do remember when I first bought it I found that the fence was slightly warped/twisted. I called customer service and explained the problem. They asked me to check the fence with a straight edge and a feeler gauge to tell them how much warp. I did and the end result was that they sent me a new fence. I have no experience with the Powermatic.

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#8 posted 02-26-2020 04:21 PM

FWIW – I can see how the large front-mounted wheels make it easier to adjust the Jet, but the PM has the same mechanisms as on my 20-yr-old 8” PM-60. Recently moved it to another state, and adjustment/alignment was quick and simple. I don’t think this should be a factor in your decision

I understand space and $ issues withe an 8”, but as they say “Cry Once”. I started with a 6” jointer. 8 Months later donated it to the local high school and got the PM-60. Huge amount of rough hardwood lumber in the 6” – 8” range.
Find a way, if at all possible…..........

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