In 1921, Leonard F. Smith, Sr. made a living from selling timber and rough-cut lumber in McMinnville, Tennessee. In order to sell a better product he decided to plane the wood himself. But instead of buying a planer, Leonard Smith made one. He soon found that he could sell his machine and that there was a demand for it in the lumber industry, so in 1928 Leonard Smith switched his business from lumber to tool manufacturing and named his company Powermatic. Since then, Powermatic has introduced a number of new products including sanders, drill presses, and the industry’s latest at the time, the tilting arbor table saw.
In 1958, Powermatic built its own 50,000 sq-ft foundry in order to keep control of the Meehanite process of quality metal castings. This machinery manufacturing process allowed the company to produce consistently sound and dependable equipment.
Today it’s no wonder that Powermatic is a world leader in industrial wood working equipment. Calling themselves “The Gold Standard, Since 1921,” Powermatic offers a variety of general purpose industrial woodworking machinery including sanders, planers, joiners, lathes, saws and more.