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Type of machine

Jointer

Manufacturer

Powermatic

Designed in

United States

Production status

New

Prices from

$1999.99

Specifications
Jointing width: 203 mm Power: 1500 W
Max jointing depth: 12.7 mm Tables length: 1854 mm
Type of Cutters: 3 Standard Blades Fence Tilt: 90-45 °
Fence length: 965 mm Working height: 813 mm
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The Powermatic 60C jointer is the most affordable of Powermatic’s four 8-inch jointer models. It is nearly identical to the Powermatic 60HH, which has helical head cutters instead of standard blades.

Comparison with the smaller 54A

It is the larger brother (8 vs 6 inches) of the Powermatic 54A, with a few upgrades. The fence has a handwheel for setting the angle, which makes it very precise and easier to use. The infeed table has a lever and a knob, which allows for quick changing and fine tuning of the table height.

The 60C lacks the quick-set knives found on the 54A, which makes the upgrade to the Helical Head model even more attractive. Helical head cutters are quieter, last longer, and are easier to replace.

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 also offers two 8-inch jointers with a parallelogram design. Parallelogram jointers are better if you regularly change the height of the infeed and outfeed tables.

Rabbeting ledge

The Powermatic 60C also has a rabbeting ledge, which does not work with the 60HH. So if you plan to make rabbets on your jointer, you’ll have to stick with this model of the helical head one.

Replacement Blades: Because this machine uses standard blades, you can choose to use either authentic Powermatic blades, which can be found on Amazon or eBay, or blades from other makers, which are quite a bit cheaper. For example, these blades from Xcalibur on Amazon.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Quality machine for a reasonable price, but the lack of helical head cutters is a big miss.

Value for money

B

Quality

A

What we don't like

  • Standard blades take a long time to adjust
  • Limited width
  • Dovetail base susceptible to wear when changing table height

What we like

  • Long tables
  • Heavy, sturdy machine
  • Long fence with handwheel to adjust angle
  • Lever and precision knob for changing infeed table height
  • Rabbeting ledge

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Powermatic 60C 8-inch Jointer

General
Working height813 mm
Weight (standard configuration)185 kg
Total height1168 mm
Total width635 mm
Motor
Motor Voltage1x 230V
Extra Features and Options
Rabbeting LedgeIncluded
Jointer
Jointing width203 mm
Max depth of cut12.7 mm
Tables length1854 mm
Type of cutters3 Standard Blades
Fence length965 mm
Fence tilt90-45°

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