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Offline Gerald_D

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Powermatic 15HH Planer
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:37 AM »
I'm upgrading my planer and looking at this model- anyone have this one that can provide any feedback?  Or anyone happy with another similar unit?  I was also looking at Hammer but simply cannot afford it at this time. There is also a digital readout available as an accessory- would be interested if it's accurate and worth the extra coin.

I like the 15" size and looking for helical head for quieter operation.  Needs to be 220V single phase.

I have Festools- Big and Small and a few other tools

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Offline Wooden Skye

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Re: Powermatic 15HH Planer
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 04:56 PM »
A friend of mine has one and he loves it.  If I was looking, I would go with a 16" combo machine like a Hammer/Felder, more for the wider jointer capacity and the space savings. 

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Offline w802h

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Re: Powermatic 15HH Planer
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 09:03 PM »
I have had this planer for a year and have no issues with it.  It was a huge upgrade from a Dewalt 734.  Night and day different in power... and then there's the helical head cut quality.  After talking to a mechanic, I'm not sure the Jet is that much less of a machine.  I like having separate machines for planing/jointing and spent big on the Powermatic 12" Jointer. My jointer gets WAY more use than the planer.  With single phase a 12" jointer was as big as I could go. 

My strategy is to use the jointer, size on the table saw, plane, then do a careful glue-up with cauls if necessary and sand with Festools.  A 15" planer is all I need for the modest volume of my shop.  I do like having the longer bed of a dedicated jointer, but if your parts are small, I combo machine would work fine, if you can afford the change over time/settings.

Powermatic/Jet usually has a Black Friday sale that offers substantial savings.