Powermatic Unveils New Offerings

Powermatic introduced 2 new power tools at the IWF show. Woodcraft will soon be adding these to our Powermatic inventory for you the customer. First is the new PM2800, 18″ Variable Speed Drill Press. This new drill press was designed with the woodworker in mind. The twin LED lights are designed to eliminate cast shadows on the workpiece often produced by conventional lights. The twin lasers will pinpoint the bit entry on the workpiece. The expandable work table is the industry’s largest in this class. The single handle speed changer allows you to run the full range of speeds without ever touching a belt. The front mounted digital readout displays the exact speed the spindle is running. It also features a larger motor than any other drill press in its class for maximum torque. Controlling speeds from 250 rpms to 3000 rpms is as easy as turning the handle. This beefy unit will handle anything you can mount to it with it’s sturdy base, 6″ spindle travel in one rotation, and some other features you won’t want to be without.


  • Powered by a heavy duty 1HP, 1Ph, 115/230V TEFC motor for maximum torque
  • Head mounted dual laser guide system provides a consistent drilling cross point on workpiece
  • A new, larger table system with dual extensions for the largest woodworking table on the market
  • Twin T-slot grooves for a miter gauge or other homemade jigs
  • Built-in dual LED work light eliminates cast shadows
  • Newly designed table tilts 90° and has a positive stop at 0°
  • Large handle makes lowering and raising the table easy
  • Feed handles can be mounted on either side of the drill press for convenient handle positioning
  • Variable speed system adjusts quickly and easily in one full range
  • Front mounted digital LED display shows spindle speed
  • Lighted push button switch with safety key is located on the front of the head for ease of use
  • 5/8″ Keyless chuck for no-hassle bit changes
  • Depth stop is designed for quick setting
  • Adjustable split fence with dust collection port keeps work area clean

Next is the PM1500 15″ Bandsaw. Just like the 18″ Bandsaw, this 15″ is created with the same robust features.

  • Tension lever has full tension, partial tension, and blade release settings for easy blade changes and tracking
  • Micro-adjustable, tool-less bearing guide system gives close blade control while reducing friction
  • Special grooved thrust bearing stabilizes smaller blades
  • Heavy duty T-style rip fence has adjustable aluminum resaw fence
  • Large 24″ x 24″ cast iron table
  • 2-inch diameter solid steel pin for resaw work
  • 15-inch resaw, and 15-inch blade to column capacity
  • Magnetic starter with power indicator lamp and jumbo stop
  • Chrome knobs and handles ensure solid grip and firm locking of parts
  • Computer balanced cast iron wheels reduce vibration
  • Dual 4-inch exhaust ports for effective dust and chip removal
  • Adjustable miter gauge with stops
  • Cutting Capacity Width: 15″
  • Cutting Capacity Height: 15″
  • Minimum Saw Blade Width: 1/16″
  • Maximum Saw Blade Width: 1-1/2″
  • Blade Speed: 1800 / 4200 SFPM
  • Blade Length: 160″
  • Table Dimension (LxW): 24 x 24 “
  • Table Tilt: 15 degrees left, 45 degrees right
  • Table Height at 90 degrees: 37-1/2″
  • Miter Gauge Positive Stops: 45 degrees, 90 degrees
  • Dust Port Outer Diameter: 4″
  • Dust Collection Minimum CFM: 600 cu.ft/min
  • Stand Type: Closed
  • Blade Width: 1/16″ to 1-1/2″
  • Wheel Diameter: 18-1/2″
  • Motor: 5 HP, 230 V, 1PH, 21 A

Barry Schwaiger explains both of these new items at IWF in Atlanta.

Nick Cook was also demonstrating the new 4224B lathe from Powermatic, making stools!

This lathe has the following features:

  • Lamp kit included
  • 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
  • Vacuum system provides quick method of chucking bowl blanks
  • 15-amp quad receptacle for easy reach of powered accessories
  • Two 100W task lamps provide ideal lighting
  • Air nozzle with quick connect for clearing dust/chips
  • Set of dead centers which hold a spindle for visual comparison
  • Laser etched quill is self ejecting
  • Two position mount for the optional bed extension
  • Brass tipped knockout bar concentrates the action in the sliding handle; the brass tip will not damage drive centers
  • Attached tool caddy allows convenient access to centers, wrenches, etc.
  • Tailstock has internal storage for additional accessories
  • Chrome trimmed handwheels are ergonomic for a comfortable feel
  • Magnetic-backed remote on/off switch can be moved anywhere on the machine
  • 31.5”H x 27”W x 68”L
  • Shipping Weight 960 lbs
  • Swing Over Bed: 24″
  • Swing Over Tool Rest Base: 21″
  • Distance Between Centers: 42″
  • Outboard Turning: 88″
  • Speeds: 40-3500 RPM
  • Headstock Taper: MT-2
  • Spindle Nose: 1 1/4 ” x 8 TPI
  • Hole Through Spindle: 5/8″
  • Tailstock Taper: MT-2
  • Hole Through Tailstock: 3/8″
  • Ram Travel: 4-1/2″
  • Centerline of Spindle to Floor: 44″
  • Spindle Taper: MT-2
  • Headstock Movement: full length of bed
  • Indexing Positions: 98
  • Bed Construction: cast iron
  • Spindle Speeds: 40 – 3500
  • Motor: 3HP, 220V, Prewired 220V, 3Ph

More to come from IWF 2012, stay with us…Frank!

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