Are you a woodworker or someone looking to get started in this field? Do you find yourself in need of a table saw, planer, jointer, band saw or even a lathe? When you are investing in something like that, it’s going to cost you. Just make sure that when you are buying woodworking machinery, you are factoring in the quality of the product. You’re not going to want to buy something that you’ll need to replace in a year when you COULD buy machines that could last you 5, 10 or even 15 years.
Don’t sell yourself short.
Too many people buy what they need now at this second and don’t factor what they might need a year from now. This way of thinking is fine when you are talking dollars and cents, but it doesn’t work so well when you are looking to upgrade in a year’s time to fork out the cost of whole new machine because your current one doesn’t have the speed, the cutting capacity or the necessary additional features required to complete a job.
Luckily you have options outside of what a big box store might sell you. You have the internet and the ability to read reviews from professionals and peers. A lot of brands are tossed around in the woodworking industry but the two brands that come to mind when I think “quality woodworking machines” are JET and Powermatic.
Both of these companies have been in operation for over 50 years. Powermatic started in 1921 and JET started in 1958.
More years in business = more knowledge of the business
JET offers reliable product support and over 750 authorized service centers around the country that you can bring your product to. You can be assured a qualified local technician can help troubleshoot, order parts and repair your equipment should a problem arise.
Powermatic offers a 5-YEAR WARRANTY (non-industrial) on most of their products. This is one way that Powermatic continues to show after being in business for over 90 years, they still deliver the Gold Standard on all of their products.
JET and Powermatic’s products have received RAVE reviews from creditable sources like Pro Tool Reviews, Fine Woodworking magazine and Popular Mechanics.
Popular Mechanics gave the JET (707100) 10” Compound Miter Saw a 4.5 out of 5 rating in their recent review of miter saws. This 10” Compound Miter Saw features an innovative green Xacta laser, a powerful 15 Amp (4800rpm) motor, and delivers precision cuts.
Pro Tool reviews and Fine Woodworking really loved the JET (714500) 14” Band saw and honorably noted that this “band saw is big on re-sawing” with a 13-1/2” re-saw capacity. Not to mention this band saw also features a durable steel frame design.
Fine Woodworking labeled the JET 12” Disc Sander (708432K) a Top Tool of 2013. This 12” disc sander has an efficient canister filter, offers virtually a dust free sanding environment, heavy-duty steel sanding disc and reliable safety.
In 2012, Powermatic PM701 (1791310) Benchtop Deluxe Mortiser was named Top Tool of 2012 by Fine Woodworking Magazine. Just one of the many products made by Powermatic that was recognized for its superior quality and performance.
All in all, you could make a decision that you might regret in a year or two when it comes time to upgrade. OR you could start with a quality product and cut out the headaches of having to reinvest when your “for now” model machine fails to meet your needs. Either way, have no doubts that Powermatic and JET bring superior quality to the products that they make from the dust collection to table saws!
And from now through March 10th, 2014 you can save 15% off both of these brands as part of a huge Powermatic and JET March Woodworking Sale. Don’t miss out on your chance to grab excellent quality at an even better price!