Powermatic Planer

We do not guarantee in any shape or form the safety factors (including CAL OSHA) of any machinery, tool, or equipment purchased. The basic design of the Griz is pretty standard for planers that size, I think it originated with Delta in the ’70s, maybe on an Invicta. I have used spiral heads in both planers and jointers and they do make a huge difference. I doubt that you’ll find anyone who has both machines, and obviously I can’t comment on the Powermatic. Great planer bought at a great recent sale price which included free lift gate delivery. Grizzly and Powermatic have very different business models which influence their pricing. Chances are good that the castings are made in the same factory, or are at least made from the same molds.

The first Powermatic tool, was the Powermatic wood planer produced by a lumber dealer. Combine these with shaping tools like Powermatic planers or molders to finish your piece with fine adjustments. As the demand for these planers grew so did the evolution of quality and of course, the now infamous gold color. Powermatic lathes spin wood at high speeds so you can use a chisel or other tool to shape the piece.

Wheel dresser with diamond point for dressing the grinding wheel of Powermatic planers as well as other brands. Wheel (20), not included but available see item 110944868142 or search Ebay for Powermatic Grinding wheel. In my case, if I had bought it and still had to spend the cost of a new Powermatic to restore it, I would still be ahead of the game. Except in spots where the grain went the opposite direction, there was barely any tear out. Powermatic has local distributers, local reps, 5 year warrenty, and is lower volume.

It looks like the powermatic comes with 4 speeds (they include a gear that you can change out) and all the other specs are identical or near to it. It also does come with a 5 year warranty. I bought a couple of their machines years back and if you ever take one apart to fix it, you see where the money gets saved. You can run large pieces through Powermatic table saws and set them precisely for repeatable, accurate cuts.


We know you have many choices for where to buy your woodworking-related supplies, so we appreciate the opportunity to keep Rockler Woodworking and Hardware your first choice. Pair a table saw with Powermatic band saws, which let you cut finer details or curves and corners into wood. Power: 5 HP motor is recommended for light and medium work loads for the Powermatic Model 221 Planer. He gave me an hour and half of his time discussing what planers are good and what planers to stay away from. These ruggedly designed planers can handle a wide variety of planing requirements.

Consider this also – when you’re comparing a new Powermatic to a used SCM, you’re comparing a $2-3k machine to a $10k+ machine. Most of the big items in my shop are Powermatic so I am somewhat Bias but you can’t go wrong with this planer. Sure the smaller, cheaper planers are a pain, but if it’s a heavy duty, well-made machine, properly set up it should do a fine job.

I have seen one review where the Bryd type head did a cleaner job on very ornery wood than the helical segmented type head found in the Grizzly. ONE, (1), Grinding wheel for Powermatic knife grinders on model 100, 160, 189, 221, and 224 as well as 225 planers. New Powermatic Model 209 Planer 5 HP 1PH 230V (Stock 1791296) Also available in 5HP 3PH 230V (Stock 1791297) Part Number 1791296. Cloth upper collection bags are made of a 5 micron material which aids in the filtration of all but the finest dust particles.

I think the point of the serrated rollers is to grab rough wood better, not a problem though if you don’t run into it. Only 5 Powermatic wood planers were made in the first year of business due to the painstaking level of passion and commitment put into the developing process. The Byrd Shelix has made a believer out of me. I hope this review will help anyone who has wondered about this new style of cutter heads.

The basic design of the Griz is pretty standard for planers that size, I think it originated with Delta in the ’70s, maybe on an Invicta. I have used spiral heads in both planers and jointers and they do make a huge difference. I doubt that you’ll find anyone who has both machines, and obviously I can’t comment on the Powermatic. Great planer bought at a great recent sale price which included free lift gate delivery. Grizzly and Powermatic have very different business models which influence their pricing. Chances are good that the castings are made in the same factory, or are at least made from the same molds.

The first Powermatic tool, was the Powermatic wood planer produced by a lumber dealer. Combine these with shaping tools like Powermatic planers or molders to finish your piece with fine adjustments. As the demand for these planers grew so did the evolution of quality and of course, the now infamous gold color. Powermatic lathes spin wood at high speeds so you can use a chisel or other tool to shape the piece.