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From a family operated corn milling operation in McMinnville, TN. to today’s 400,000 square foot facility in LaVergne, TN., the evolution of Powermatic has echoed the success of polaroidAmerican business ingenuity throughout the 20th Century and into the new millennium. In 1921, Leonard F. Smith, Sr. was a seller of timber and rough-cut lumber in the McMinnville community of middle Tennessee. He believed he could make a better product to sell if he first planed the wood himself. Instead of purchasing a planing machine from an existing manufacturer, he decided to build his own in his workshop on the family farm. Upon completion, he used it in his lumber and timber business. Shortly afterward an individual offered to purchase the machine. Mr. Smith used the money to build four more planers, which he offered for sale to others he knew in the lumber industry. These sold quickly and as word spread of the quality of these machines, demand increased. Mr. Smith decided to leave the lumber industry and engage full time in the manufacturing business. The growth of the company demanded a move to larger facilities. In 1928, Mr. Smith named his company Powermatic, and moved his business into an old blacksmith shop in town. He introduced several new products including sanding machines, drill presses, and the industry’s latest invention, the Tilting FilmstripArbor Table Saw. Through the 1940’s several progressively larger factories were occupied as the demand for Powermatic products grew. In 1954, the company, now run by Mr. Smith’s sons, bought land on the edge of town and built a 38,000 square foot facility specifically tailored to their operations. In 1958, Powermatic took a unique step in the industry by establishing its own 50,000 square foot foundry. This enabled the company to keep tight control on the precision and quality of its castings and to ensure that the Meehanite ™ process, still in use today, would put the company at the forefront of the woodworking machinery manufacturing process for years to come.curl In 1966, the Smith brothers sold their business to Houdaille Industries. Although owned by a Fortune 500 Company, Powermatic continued to be influenced by the local community and run in autonomous fashion. In April of 1986, Powermatic was purchased and operated as a division of DeVlieg-Bullard, Inc. In October of 1999 Powermatic was purchased by WMH, who already owned Jet Tools, and Performax Products. These three companies along with the Wilton Tool Company were grouped together to form the WMH Tool Group as we are known today. In July 2001, a “NEW” Powermatic emerged and a strategic business decision was made to pursue the general purpose industrial woodworking machinery market much more aggressively. From a family operated corn mill to a world class leader of industrial woodworking machinery, we remain… The Gold Standard Since 1921.™
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  • 5HP motor for plenty of power
  • Independently adjustable rear drum for fine tuning
  • Hard durometer rubber coating on steel drums provides flat, smooth finish
  • Two-speed gearbox for wide range of sanding projects.
  • Full size cast iron table for solid support
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  • Knife setting gauge
  • 5HP motor and 20" planing capacity for heavy duty work
  • Fully enclosed base cabinet with integrated casters for shop mobility
  • Cast iron table with extensions creates a big 55-1/2" x 20" working area
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This heavy duty planer offers performance and value, loaded with standard features not found on other machines in its class. The powerful 5HP motor and 20" planing capacity will handle the most demanding work. The helical cutterhead provides quieter operation and finer finishing than conventional systems, and the four-sided knife inserts seat themselves without requiring a set-up gauge. The 5" dust port connects easily to any dust collector. The anti-kickback fingers and pressure bar are located in close proximity to the cutterhead for an exceptional finish.
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  • Integrated caster system built into the cast iron base for instant shop mobility
  • Spindle height digital readout for making fine incremental adjustments on multiple passes
  • Heavy duty 30" x 40" precision ground tabletop for smooth stock feeding
  • Convenient quick lock belt tensioning for easy speed adjustment
  • Industrial fence system with fine adjust dials for more precise positioning
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The Powermatic 4224B is the newest member of the industry-leading family of lathes. Over 900 pounds, the 4224B is the biggest, heaviest, and most capable lathe we’ve ever built. It expands the limits of creative possibility, and takes your passion to a whole new level. With newly designed, top of its class features, the 4224B pushes the limits of design, innovation, and durability.
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  • Sturdy cast iron construction with precision-machined column and table
  • Quick position table mounted swiveling vise clamp accommodates angled work pieces
  • Feed lever features size positions allowing for quick adjustments
  • Table and fence tilt from 0 to 35° for angled mortises
  • Gas cylinder controlled rack and pinion system for smooth head raising and lowering
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This new PM2700 Shaper offers more features to you than any other shaper in the same class. The extra large 30" x 40" precision ground cast iron table includes a heavy duty miter gauge with an aluminum extruded support. The built-in, omni-directional caster system (patent pending) is retractable into the base. A quick-release lever allows fast speed and belt changes. The extruded aluminum fence has several T-slots so you can mount a wood face to create a no-clearance surface around any shaper or router bit.
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  • Helical cutterhead with 4-sided carbide inserts provides smoother, quieter cutting and a superior finish
  • Extra long tables are mounted on dovetailed ways, for extended workpiece support
  • Adjustment lever offers quick infeed table positioning and fine-tuning of cut depth
  • High mount switch for operator convenience
  • Handwheel operated worm gear system for smooth fence tilting
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  • Quick release riving knife greatly reduces binding/kickback risk
  • Built-in retractable caster system for immediate shop mobility
  • Arbor lock for rapid blade change
  • Extension table doubles as a mobile workbench
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  • Extra long 82" table for expanded work support
  • Parallelogram design helps maintain table parallelism and eases table raising and lowering
  • Handwheel with worm gear system for precise fence tilting (Patented)
  • 1/8" depth of cut limiter for fast table positioning
  • High-mount switch for operator convenience
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  • Sliding headstock with electronic variable speed and digital RPM readout for accurate speed adjustments
  • Spindle lock and built in spindle indexing on the headstock for drilling hole patterns, routing flutes, and other equally spaced features
  • Redesigned tool rest geometry allows for better chisel movement along the tool rest
  • Laser etched quill is self-ejecting.
  • Brass tipped knockout bar concentrates the action in the sliding handle; the brass tip will not damage drive centers
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  • The helical cutterhead with four-sided knife inserts provides smoother, quieter cutting and finer finish than conventional systems
  • 5HP motor and 20" planing capacity for heavy duty work
  • Fully enclosed base cabinet with integrated casters for shop mobility
  • Cast iron table with extensions creates a big 55-1/2" x 20" working area
  • Four feed speeds - 24 and 31 FPM, 16 and 20 FPM with gear change - provide versatility
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  • Helical cutterhead with 4-sided carbide 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
$1,458.99
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  • Integrated caster system built into the cast iron base for instant shop mobility
  • Spindle height digital readout for making fine incremental adjustments on multiple passes
  • Heavy duty 30" x 40" precision ground tabletop for smooth stock feeding
  • Convenient quick lock belt tensioning for easy speed adjustment
  • Industrial fence system with fine adjust dials for more precise positioning
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  • Riving knife maintains close blade proximity to reduce chance of kickback
  • Micro-adjust miter gauge with extension plate offers wider crosscut support
  • Blade guard and riving knife have quick release for tool-less mounting and removal
  • Precision ground cast iron table and wings have beveled edge for smooth miter gauge entry
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  • Cabinet saw that only requires 115V power
  • A blade surround and collection hose provide an unobstructed path, maximizing dust collection
  • Conveniently located hands free power switch
  • Tool-less guard assembly with independent side leaves is easy to use, maximizing safety
$2,040.99
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  • Quick release riving knife greatly reduces binding/kickback risk
  • Built-in retractable caster system for immediate shop mobility
  • Arbor lock for rapid blade change
  • Extension table doubles as a mobile workbench
  • Poly-V drive belt system delivers efficient, quiet operation
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  • The cutterhead features three auto-set knives that automatically align themselves in the cutterhead
  • 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
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  • High-speed heat-treated steel knives
  • Extra long tables are mounted on dovetailed ways, for extended workpiece support
  • Adjustment lever offers quick infeed table positioning and fine-tuning of cut depth
  • High mount switch for operator convenience
$1,979.99
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  • Cabinet saw that only requires 115V power
  • A blade surround and collection hose provide an unobstructed path, maximizing dust collection
  • Conveniently located hands free power switch
  • Tool-less guard assembly with independent side leaves is easy to use, maximizing safety
  • The sturdy miter gauge pivots 60 degrees to either side, allowing easy adjustment for a full range of cuts
$2,142.99
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