Video: ArmorGlide coating enhances control and reduces maintenance

Jimmy Uttley, director of product management at Powermatic, a JPW Industries company, shares his enthusiasm about the company's new coating, ArmorGlide, which has been added to new bandsaws, table saws, and jointers.

The industrial-grade, low-friction, protective coating gives woodworkers maintenance-free work tables and enhanced control, bringing a new level of convenience and performance, Uttley told Woodworking Network. The low-friction coating enhances a Woodworker's ability to move, slide, and control the workpiece, provides protection against humidity and sweat, and increases the lifespan of these woodworking tools.

Uttley said that the coated equipment was tested for over 250,000 cycles.

"The ArmorGlide coating is baked onto the cast iron tables," said Uttley. "The biggest benefits include that it is rust preventative. The ArmorGlide coating protects and seals the cast iron, so you don't have to worry about a bottle of water set on top of your saw or sweating over your bandsaw.

"The other great benefit is the amount of control that you get. Because it's a non-stick coating, it takes 50 percent less effort to actually slide wood across the table. Because of that low friction, you can get more control, and if you're on a band saw you can do tighter turns and have just more control of what you're doing. On a table saw and on a jointer, when you need that control for a nice smooth pass, you can get that with the ArmorGlide coating."

The new ArmorGlide coated tops are covered under Powermatic’s individual machine warranties. The new lineup of products will be available at authorized dealers starting in September. For more information, visit:


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