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Powermatic 54A Deluxe 6-Inch Jointer with Quick-Set Knives

3.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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  • 6-inch jointer with a 66- by 7-¼-inch table surface equipped with quick-set knives
  • Powered by a 1-horsepower 1-ph motor
  • Quick-set knives offer fast, accurate and easy replacement
  • Heavy steel stand and cast iron center-mount fence, Assembly required
  • Fence has positive stops at 90 and 45 degrees
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1791279DXK Features: -6'' jointer.-54A.-Quick set knives. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Dimensions: -Dimensions: 37.5'' H x 24'' W x 66'' D.

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The Powermatic 54A Six-Inch Jointer makes it easy to achieve the high levels of accuracy you need when creating flat, straight surfaces for elegant projects. Designed and built to provide precision and dependability, this jointer boasts a cutter-head with "Quick Set" knife system and heavy-duty construction for years of powerful performance.

The 54A Six-Inch Jointer
At a Glance:
  • Cutter-head features three auto-set knives that automatically align themselves
  • 66-inch long adjustable in-feed and out-feed tables provide more working surface
  • 1.0-hp motor offers plenty of power
  • Fence controls are center-mounted for convenience
  • Lockable push-button switch prevents accidental starting
5-year warranty

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The rugged fence is easily adjustable.
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The three-knife cutter-head is easy to set, and blade changes are simple and quick. View larger.
Powerful Motor and Stable Design
Measuring 21 x 13 inches (W x D), the all-steel base cabinet provides stable footing for the Powermatic 54A and puts the table surface at a comfortable 32 inches above the floor.

The one-horsepower, one-Ph, 115-volt motor is mounted within the cabinet and can be converted to use 230-volt power. It's also located on a special mount within the base cabinet for easy belt-tension adjustments.

The base contains a dust collection chute that evacuates debris from below the cutter-head and guides the debris to the exterior four-inch diameter port near the floor for less mess, better air quality, and improved visibility of the work piece.

Three-Knife Cutter-Head for Smooth Cuts
The Powermatic 54A features a three-knife cutter-head fitted with adjustment cams that make setting knife heights both easy and accurate.

Each knife is made from high-quality steel for long-lasting performance. And since the knives are secured by a set of four gib screws and a gib plate, they are easy to change and set.

Generous Table Size and Easy Adjustability
With a width of 7-1/4 inches and length of 66 inches, the Powermatic 54A has the longest tables available in its class, so it provides plenty of support for large work pieces.

The tables are precision ground to ensure flatness, and each is mounted on dovetailed ways that keep them aligned through height changes. For added convenience, you can adjust the out-feed table height via a hand wheel mounted below the table.

Additionally, an easy-to-read scale on the front side of the in-feed table allows quick and precise setting of specific cut changes, and a finger-operated gib screw locks the table in position once it is set.

Precisely Ground Fence
Like the tables, the cast-iron fence system is precisely ground. It tilts up to 45 degrees towards and away from the tables. Fully adjustable stops at 90 degrees (vertical) and each 45-degree position make setup fast and help keep the Powermatic 54A accurate.

For added convenience, the fence controls are center mounted, and a push-button switch is lockable to prevent accidental starting.

The Powermatic 54A is backed by a five-year warranty.

What's in the Box
One Powermatic 54A, one jointer stand, one door with mounting hardware, one dust chute with mounting hardware, one jointer assembly, one fence assembly, one pulley cover, one belt, one cutter-head guard, two hold-downs, one hardware bag, one fence handle, all necessary tools, manual, and warranty card.

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This jointer comes with two hold-down pads to protect your hands.


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Technical Details

Part Number 1791279DXK
Item Weight 332 pounds
Product Dimensions 66 x 24 x 37.5 inches
Item model number 1791279DXK
Power Source corded-electric
Horsepower 1 HP
Item Package Quantity 1

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Additional Information

ASIN B000BHNC0C
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #305,883 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#41 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Jointers
Shipping Weight 328 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available September 15, 2005

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By James S. Williams on April 30, 2008
Needed a jointer with a longer bed so after about 3 weeks of deciding I bought this one. I read about 50-60 reviews on this machine on different forums and never saw anything but the highest rating. I have read about how heavy it was and people say get 3 or 4 others to help lift it. Bull! It's heavy but me and my wife both 62 years old struggled a bit but got it together in about an hour. I liked the delivery of it right in my garage. In came on a pallet the truck had a liftgate and a hand operate forklift. Now you may not be as lucky and have easy accesss to you shop but for me it was sweet. The machine works like a dream. All i had to do was align the fence a little. I did get the mobile base which i would recommened even though i thought it was a bit pricy. But it was made in the USA.
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A Kid's Review on March 10, 2007
I bought my Powermatic Jointer 3 years ago from a local dealer. After a very simple set up, and some minor adjustments to the fence mechanism, the machine was ready to work within an hour. I use the jointer for truing one or two sides of sawn hardwood in preparing stock for a project. I could not be happier with the results. This unit has stayed in adjustment, the fence is easy to use, it is very quiet, and the dust collection chute works. The extra length of the bed makes working with long material very easy. This Powermatic jointer continues to look brand new, and continues to work like brand new. I am very happy with this purchase.
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This machine is awesome! It was easy to assemble and most settings were dead on from the factory. It has significant mass and the long bed make edge jointing long boards a breeze. No more cutting boards to short lengths. I changed the wiring to 230-volts because my shop has a floor outlet already for 230-volts. The wiring was easy to get to and the wiring diagram simple to read. I would recommend this jointer to anyone.
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I just bought the Powermatic 54A used. It's heavy (fence alone weighs about 50 pounds), stable and solid. I needed to tune it up as the prior owner apparantly never did. Once everything was trued up, it mills edges and surfaces very nicely. The long beds are a true luxury in this class. I looked at the Jet and found it toy-like.

I will append this review later after I've worked with the machine for a while but I'm expecting great things. My only minor complaint is the mechanism to lower and raise the infeed table. I wish it had a handwheel instead of the lever.

Good 'ole Powermatic - won't let you down.

March, 2011 - Still love my PM 54A. No complaints or regrets. And I added a spiral cutting head. It's so cool!
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By montet202 on October 11, 2008
I sat aside plenty of time to assemble and true this machine when I put it in my shop. Assembly was quick and easy. Instructions were excellent. When I set ou tot true the beds and fence I found everything to be DEAD ON from the factory. DEAD ON.

Easy to adjust and has plenty of power.

It works flawlessly and I have absolutely no complaints. 2 years of running it nearly every day and I every time I run a board through I am glad spent the extra $$ on the yellow machine.

Only wish I had bought the 8" version.
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I am very frustrated right now, so please bear with me. First off found out this was made in china, not the usa, second the screw holes do not line up on a couple of pieces: the moter belt cover and the back cover, not a huge deal but still they should line up. Heres the big one. i spent probably 3 hours trying to get the fence 90 degrees on both ends of the fence, spent time adjusting everything i could think of. The tables were dead on coplaner. I put my staightedge across the fence, and what do you know, it is bowed right in the middle about a 16th of an inch, unusable. I am waiting to see if i can get my money back. The whole machiine seems very cut cornerish for such a great brand. When you are charging someone 1000 dollars for something, things should be doublechecked before leaving the manufacturer. I should have bought a grizzly. It is now been 3 days, so i want to update all that is went on so i can hopefuly help someone looking at one of these. I contacted the award winning customer service of powermatic, and let me tell you it was a waste of my time. I told them the jointer fence had a slight twist and was bowed. I was told to remove the fence, place it on a 2 by 4 and jump on it, to flatten it back out. What a great idea, ya maybee i will slip and crack my head open while i am at it, what a JOKE. This is a pretty thick peice of steel mind you. The man then told me that was a nice machine I had bought. Again, ya i bought it to look at it, who buys a jointer to actually use it, my mistake. Like it is my fault you sent me a bad fence, just send me a new one, that is what i paid for. Hard to believe this all really happened at all.Read more ›
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This is my first jointer. I was very nervous about setting it up, tuning it, and even using it! Let me share my experience

(1. Shipping. It showed up when amazon said it would. It came on a large pallet which was fork lifted into my garage. It was shipped in excellent condition without any issues. Two big boxes. The paint was fine (an issue I was worried about from other reviews)

(2. Assembly. First of all, I'm horrible at putting things together (which might seem odd as I'm buying a jointer) but nevertheless it's true. The instructions were very simple and the assembly is totally painless. There are literally like 5 steps. The only hard part it lifting the cast-iron unit on the stand. You really need two people for this, but it's not hard just heavy. Getting a pulley setup was cake as the factor distance worked fine.

(3. 'tuning,' This was a huge fear of mine. Adjusting the fence was the most challenging part of the process. I read the instructions about 10 times before I touched the machine and that helped a lot. It has a 90 degree stop which is pretty effective, but mine did need to be adjusted. It took me about an hour to figure it out, but now I could easily adjust it in 2 minutes. The directions are very good, but you have to carefully read them. Second thing you have to do is check to make sure the blades are appropriately positioned. To my delight, when I put a straight edge over the outfeed table and the blade and pulled on the pulley the top of the blade carried the straight edge just a hair like it's supposed to. It was spot on from the factor. Now some people get a little nuts here and do some crazy precision. Good for them. For me, this was perfect and I'm happy.
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