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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Official page on Powermatic's website
The official page of the PJ1696 on Powermatic's website.
Official Manual for the PJ1696 [PDF]
Official manual of the Powermatic PJ1696. Contains an assembly guide and detailed use instructions.
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