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Forum topic by kooldecker posted 03-18-2014 05:17 PM 1751 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2014 05:17 PM

Ok so after over a year I finally pulled the trigger on a jointer. trolling every day on CL I finally saw what I would consider “no brainer’ . It was labeled as just jointer… brand and when I saw the pictures I bout fell outta my chair. Its a Powermatic model 50, i immediately emailed the guy, and it took 3 days for him to reply ,,,,turns out he was away for the weekend . I was already plotting to slash somebodies tires for grabbing it before me when he called and announced I was the first inquiry of many and if I was interested I was welcome to come and peruse. so I hopped in and promptly forked over a measly 250$ and walked away with this lean mean cast iron ma-cheen! It looks almost brand new, except that the cabinet is missing, I will get over that really really fast lol. and to boot they guy threw in a new spare set of knives! Now I cant be any happier….but I want honest opinions here… did I do? (mainly this is for wife justification , it was more than I was wanting to spend, but I think I got a lot more than I thought I was going to get!) Thanks for your honesty in advance!

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 05:30 PM

Looks like some great old Powermatic iron. I would say that $250 is about right given that it doesn’t have the original base ,but that should not have any affect on it’s operation . I’d say you did well just because you found a Powermatic jointer,if I was shopping for a used jointer that would be high on my list.


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#2 posted 03-18-2014 05:49 PM

Looks like a 1960s model. I own the bigger brother the pm60 and it is a sweet machine. You did fine on the price. Not fantastic with the missing stand, but no one can say you got a raw deal either.

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 06:11 PM

Make no mistake if those beds are straight, the current blades are set and sharp, and you can adjust if for depth of cut easily, it a very good deal. The extra blades are a nice bonus. It looks to be in very good shape.

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 06:22 PM

I sent you a PM about this but I am posting it here in case anyone else needs one. I have two old bases for Powermatic Jointers. Both of them have been sand blasted and primed.

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 07:24 PM

beds are good, blades are sharp, and EVERYTHING moves like butter! actually you are seeing it exactly as I got it. I haven’t even wiped it down yet. cant wait to play its like Christmas I tell ya! lol

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 08:58 PM

Looks like a great deal to me. And, if MisterBill has a stand for you, you’ve made out!
That’s an odd looking machine in the background. (-;

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 12:09 PM

I think you did pretty good. I am looking for a good used 8 inch and there is nothing out there I can afford right now.

You can tell your dear wife that you did make a wise choice. $250 for a good hand plane or 2 won’t go that far.

Now make her something nice and don’t call her powermatic during intimate times. :)

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 12:55 PM

Did you get the knife setting jig? PM had a great tool you just set on the outfeed table, had a gauge on it and you adjust the knife, then tighten it. Easiest jig I’ve seen to set knives.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 01:11 PM

no I did not get a setting jig. what I would really like to find is an owners manual for it to start out at least. I doubt highly I have the cash for a knife jig at the moment, but if anybody out there has a manual they wouldn’t mind letting me copy I would really really appreciate it. for now I just want to go over it, give it a really good cleaning , get some good rust preventative, and get to know it. its my first jointer, and I waited this long to get it, im not going to rush around and do something I might regret later lol. im hoping a manual will tell me how to do it without a jig. but once again, I thank you guys for all your help, tips and support. this really is a great place to hang out lol.

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 01:36 PM

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#11 posted 03-21-2014 02:09 PM

I’d say it’s a pretty good deal and a nice looking machine. I got mine for 150 but the paint was hit, it was filled with dirt and pitch and needed to be converted to single phase. After buying a new motor, going threw a couple wire wheeles, paint and a new switch I have about 350 total invested so in the end yours was 100 cheaper and ALOT less work. Kinda sucks about the cabinet but doesn’t effect operation. Plus you could build a nice one out of wood or swoop up the spare that was offered.

I love the lettering on the cutter gaurd that comes with your model. Mine was a series newer with the plan gaurd so I recreated the look of yours with decal letters and some clear coat over top.

Nice find and enjoy.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#12 posted 04-05-2014 12:13 PM

thanks for the input guys! the wife didn’t kill me for the purchase. and actually hit me with ” well if its gonna help make stuff, then I have some projects for you blah blah blah …...” lol. mr bill thank you for all your information and help you gave me. ill be getting that information for you today as I am finally out in the shop today . that’s what I wanted for my 40th was some shop time , is that pathetic or what? anyhow I think because of finances I will end up making a wooden cabinet, I just don’t have the funds at the time , and I don’t want to wait for a year to get the money, besides it gives me a new project to do. thanks again for all your help guys , I love this place!

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#13 posted 04-05-2014 12:44 PM

You did OK but not great.
I have a 8” Powermatic with the cabinet and I pay only a $150 more for it.
The absence of cabinet would concern me as I believe that the wooden bench will flex and move too much.
If you can weld, making a metallic stand or cabinet under it, should not be too difficult

-- Bert

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#14 posted 04-05-2014 01:04 PM

I think you did well. It wasn’t a super deal, but I am quite certain you’ll have a hard time finding something else in that price range that does the same work with the same quality machine. Have you checked the cutterhead for bearing tightness/runout? I wouldn’t worry about the metal stand for functionality. As long as your current stand is stable enough to keep the belt tension the table will not be affected by the stand. If you’re happy that really all that matters. You didn’t get ripped off for sure.

-- Reinventing the "Wheel", one 800mg Ibuprofen at a time.....

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#15 posted 04-06-2014 01:22 PM

yes I did check the bearings when I got it home. they are solid as a rock. I didn’t put much stock in it when the guy was telling me about the machine but he said when he got it three years ago he had new ones put in it. it woud seem to me that he was not lying.

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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