The Powermatic PJ882 is the most affordable jointer with a parallelogram base made by Powermatic. It is nearly identical to the PJ-882HH, which has helical head cutters instead of the standard blades found on the PJ882.
Powermatic sells two types of 8-inch jointers: One with a parallelogram base (the PJ882 and PJ-882HH), and one with a dovetailed wedge-bed base (the 60C/60HH). Parallelogram jointers are considered to be slightly better. Parallelogram beds are less susceptible to wear and will maintain their position better. Dovetailed wedge-bed jointers can sag over time making the two tables unable to be set parallel.
The PJ882 uses standard straight blades, which is a downside because these are much more cumbersome to replace and last less long, and are also louder than helical head cutters. It also (for some reason) lacks quick-set blades found on some cheaper Powermatic jointers.
One advantage the PJ882 has over its Helical Head brother is that it can be used for rabbeting. This is not possible with the helical head model.
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.
Good build quality, useful parallelogram base, but the lack of helical head cutters is a big miss.
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All the specs and options for the Powermatic PJ882 8-inch Jointer
|Weight (standard configuration)||277 kg|
|Total height||1117 mm|
|Total width||711 mm|
|Motor Voltage||1x 230V|
|Jointing width||203 mm|
|Max depth of cut||12.7 mm|
|Tables length||2108 mm|
|Type of cutters||3 Standard Blades|
|Fence length||965 mm|
|Fence tilt||-45 to 45°|
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