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Jointing width: 406 mm Power: 5593 W
Max jointing depth: 19 mm Tables length: 2438 mm
Type of Cutters: 56 Helical Head cutters Fence Tilt: -45 to 45 °
Fence length: 1200 mm
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The Powermatic PJ1696 is the largest (16-inch) and most powerful jointer made by Powermatic. Because of its size and power it is a machine purely aimed at the professional market.

Helical Head Cutters

The PJ1696 is only available in one model, and has helical head cutters in its standard setup. These help tremendously when cutting difficult grains. Helical head cutters are also quieter, last longer, and are much easier to replace.

Electric Wiring

One thing to note is that the 7.5HP motor can run only on 3 phase and either 230V or 460V (can be rewired). So before purchasing this machine you’ll have to make sure you have the right electrics to handle it.

Rabbeting Ledge and Fence

The PJ1696 also has a rabbeting ledge which can be used for cutting rabbets of up to 3/4 inch deep. It has a sturdy fence that can be moved using a rack and pinion system for extra stability. It lacks accurate angle setting but it does have positive stops, so once you have those set up you can quickly switch between 45 and 90 degrees.

Replacement Carbide Inserts: You can find replacement carbide cutter inserts for the Powermatic PJ1696 on Amazon, or eBay. Ebay sells them a little cheaper, even though they seem to be exactly the same product.



What we don't like

  • Fence angle setting can be finicky

What we like

  • Large jointing width
  • Very powerful
  • Sturdy, stable machine
  • Helical head cutters (quieter, last longer)


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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Powermatic PJ1696 16-inch Jointer

Weight (standard configuration)582 kg
Total height1092 mm
Total width1168 mm
Motor Voltage3x 230V 3x 460V
Extra Features and Options
Rabbeting LedgeIncluded
Jointing width406 mm
Max depth of cut19 mm
Tables length2438 mm
Type of cutters56 Helical Head cutters
Fence length1200 mm
Fence tilt-45 to 45°

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