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Type of machine

Jointer

Manufacturer

Powermatic

Designed in

United States

Production status

New

User rating (1 vote)

Prices from

$1399

Specifications
Jointing width: 152 mm Power: 750 W
Max jointing depth: 12.7 mm Tables length: 1676 mm
Type of Cutters: 3 Quick-set straight blades Fence Tilt: 90-45 °
Fence length: 965 mm Working height: 800 mm
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The Powermatic 54A jointer is the most affordable machine in Powermatic’s jointer range. It is almost identical to the Powermatic 54HH, which has helical head cutters instead. It is also very similar to the JET JJ-6CSDX, with the 54A being slightly longer and heavier.

Quick-set Blade System

The 54A has straight blades, but uses a quick-set system which allows you to quickly set your knives to the right height after sharpening. This saves a lot of time setting them up compared to normal blades.

Powermatic 54A Jointer Quick-set Blades
Powermatic 54A-Jointer Quick-Set Blades

Dovetail Base

The body of the machine is mounted on a classic wedge-bed dovetail base on which both the infeed and outfeed table slide up and down. Powermatic’s larger jointers use a parallelogram base instead.

One interesting feature of the 54A is the possibility to add a padlock (not provided) to the on-off switch, to prevent children from accidentally turning the jointer on when you’re not around.

Rabbeting Ledge

The only advantage of the Powermatic 54A over its brother, the 54HH, is the fact that you can use the rabbeting ledge, which is not possible on the 54HH.

Replacement Blades: The 54A uses special quick-set blades, so you cannot use just any blades. Amazon seems to no longer sell them, but we could find a seller on eBay that sells blades specifically made for the Powermatic 54A.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Quality machine for a reasonable price. Still recommended to upgrade to the Helical Head version.

Value for money

B

Quality

A

What we don't like

  • Limited width
  • Not very powerful

What we like

  • Rabbeting ledge (not available on the Helical Head model)
  • Blades have a quick-set system to automatically adjust
  • Heavy, sturdy machine
  • Long tables
  • Long fence with positive stops

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Powermatic 54A 6-inch Jointer

General
Working height800 mm
Weight (standard configuration)151 kg
Total height953 mm
Total width610 mm
Motor
Motor Voltage1x 230V 1x 115V
Motor Frequency60 Hz
Extra Features and Options
Rabbetting ledgeIncluded
Jointer
Jointing width152 mm
Max depth of cut12.7 mm
Tables length1676 mm
Type of cutters3 Quick-set straight blades
Fence length965 mm
Fence tilt90-45°

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