The Powermatic 60B ran away with Top Tool honors in our test of eight 8" jointers.…
Priced comparably to the highest sellers, it ranks at the top in many areas: cut quality (from the fastest cutterhead), bed length (83", or nearly 8" longer than the next longest), and weight (its solid 600+ lbs gives this machine great stability, even when working long, heavy stock). Other pluses on the 60B include the rack-and-pinion fence-tilt system, a plastic fence glide that protects the tabletop, column-mounted magnetic power switch, and a depth-of-cut limiter. We can't even knock the lever system for adjusting infeed table height, despite our preference for handwheel adjusters; it proved silky smooth and precise in our tests.
Ease of Use
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