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Powermatic® 6'' Jointer w/Helical Cutterhead

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This 6" Jointer features a helical cutterhead with 40 four-sided indexable carbide knife inserts - this design provides a superior finish and quieter operation compared to conventional cutterheads, and the inserts require no adjustment once they are installed. If a knife insert becomes nicked, simply rotate it for a fresh edge and continue working. Oversized infeed/outfeed tables are mounted on dovetailed ways. The fence is 38" in length, with positive stops at 90° and 45° right and left. The fine/quick adjustment lever on the infeed table offers quick set-ups with precision controlled depth of cut. The heavy steel stand features a 1 HP motor with a non-slip v-belt drive for maximum performance. The 4" dust port offers easy connection to any dust collection system.

  • Helical cutterhead with four-sided knife inserts provides smoother, quieter cutting and finer finish than conventional systems
  • 66" long adjustable infeed and outfeed tables provide more working surface
  • Fine/quick adjustment lever on infeed table for precision cuts
  • Extra-long 38" two-way tilting fence with positive stops provides quick positioning for 90° or bevel cuts
  • Enlarged sheet metal stand provides a sturdy base
  • 1HP motor offers plenty of power
  • Fence controls are center-mounted for convenience
  • Push button switch is lockable to prevent accidental starting
  • 4" port for dust collection
  • There is an additional $85.00 shipping charge for this item.
  • Ships directly from the manufacturer.
  • Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
  • Estimated Delivery time: 15 business days.
  • 15% restocking fee on all returned merchandise.
  • Please call customer service before returning product.
(1) Powermatic® 6'' Jointer w/Helical Cutterhead (1) 1HP TEFC Motor
(2) Push Blocks
(1) Dust Collection Port
(1) Cutterhead Guard
(1) Industrial Push-button Switch
More Information
Brand Powermatic
Manufacturer Part Number 1791317K
Weight 0.0000
Technical Documents
Jointer Cutterhead Speed 6000 RPM
Dust Collection 4" Port
Size 6"
4.8 / 5.0
5 Reviews
5 Stars
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100% worth the money
Set up only took a little over an hour an hour as others have mentioned (separate mobile base installation included). After that you set the bed onto the base and secure it, attach the motor pulley belt, slide the fence, align with a square and you are ready to cut.
So far I've run red oak, tigerwood, bolivian coffee wood, and poplar through and they all ran across like a knife through soft butter! seams were virtually invisible!

This was definitely at the top end (even a bit over) what I was looking to spend as a hobbyist but worth every penny. I've taken up the mentality of buy once cry once with tool purchases. I want to buy something that will last me a long time and I can guarantee this will be in my shop for years to come.
July 24, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Powermatic Jointer
nice jointer for the price. helical head is quiet and no tear out on curly maple. nice length on in-feed and out-feed table.
October 4, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great purchase.
Easy to assemble with a little help from the neighbor. The bed is a little heavy to lift on to the base. Very easy to adjust the fence, both in width and angle. The helical cutter really cuts done on tear out.
March 26, 2016
over 3 years ago
Solid machine
The jointed was easy to assemble. Adjustment to the tables are well designed making adjustments accurate. From my experience so far it is well made tool; recommend.
May 27, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
So far so good. There was a mix up in shipping and my mobile base was delayed (not back ordered) but other than that, I'm happy with this purchase.
March 6, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Reviews and solid construction.
Bryan J on Feb 4, 2019
I have other Powermatic equipment and it is very well made. I’m replacing a smaller jointer and the sale price was great!
Michael P on Nov 24, 2017
Reviews and solid construction.
Bryan J on Feb 4, 2019
Quality and helical cutters
Nathan B on Nov 2, 2018
I have other Powermatic equipment and it is very well made. I’m replacing a smaller jointer and the sale price was great!
Michael P on Nov 24, 2017
Known for quality
Anthony L on Aug 7, 2017
Great reviews and it was on sale!!!
Dean M on Mar 28, 2017
Totally rocks
jeremy i on Nov 25, 2016
I chose the helical cutter for a fine edge finish. It seems to be similar to a hand plane running at an angle, producing less tear out. I also wanted a machine with a dust collection port. The longer bed length is an added benefit for material handling.
Robert M on Mar 4, 2016
Needed a jointer and Powermatic has a good reputation....also Thanksgiving Day deals (15% off plus free shipping of a 300+ pound item to my house)....no brainer
Jonathan H on Nov 29, 2015
the 66" table that is as long as most 8" jointers.
donald k on Nov 27, 2015
The durability and cur finish of the helical heads was worth a few more dollars. After I was willing toi spend the money for a jointer (not a lot of choice there) then adding a little more for this head was easy. I am glad I did, it's working fine.
Charles R on Oct 18, 2015
Quality and helical cutters
Nathan B on Nov 2, 2018
Known for quality
Anthony L on Aug 7, 2017
How wide a board can the 54HH manage?
Annie B on Sep 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's a 6" jointer, so that means it can handle a 6" wide board. The long infeed and outfeed tables allow you to get a straight edge on a six to eight foot board as well.
Why would I need a
Lift gate?
Jonathan H on Nov 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The unit weighs something more than 300 pounds. You need the lift gate to get it off a commercial trailer down to the ground if you don't have a loading dock.
Does this jointer have rack and pinion fence adjustment?
Steve S on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No the fence slides in a track and is locked in place by pressing a lever at the rear of the assembly. That adjustment is independent of the vertical adjustment.
What is the electrical requirements?
Earl T on Aug 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: this unit is a 1 HP 1 Phase and can be used with either 115v or 230v
Does the base that fits the 54A also work with this jointer?
Taylor H on Aug 1, 2018
Powermatic® 6'' Jointer w/Helical Cutterhead
Powermatic® 6'' Jointer w/Helical Cutterhead
Powermatic Mobile Base for 54A Jointer
Powermatic Mobile Base for 54A Jointer
BEST ANSWER: I have the 6" with Helical head jointer and purchased the Powermatic 54A 54HH mobile base. They fit together. Good mobility. Good quality.
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