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.
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.
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.
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.
Quality machine for a reasonable price. Still recommended to upgrade to the Helical Head version.
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All the specs and options for the Powermatic 54A 6-inch Jointer
|Working height||800 mm|
|Weight (standard configuration)||151 kg|
|Total height||953 mm|
|Total width||610 mm|
|Motor Voltage||1x 230V 1x 115V|
|Motor Frequency||60 Hz|
|Extra Features and Options|
|Jointing width||152 mm|
|Max depth of cut||12.7 mm|
|Tables length||1676 mm|
|Type of cutters||3 Quick-set straight blades|
|Fence length||965 mm|
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