Our new 12 ½" Bench top Planer with Helical Style Cutterhead features a powerful 2HP and a 6 row helical cutterhead with 24 indexable cutters giving you power and superior finish you would expect from a stationary machine. Designed to manage larger, deeper cuts in wood, the helical style cutterhead is quieter and delivers a smoother finish compared to straight knife planers which will reduce your sanding time. This unit comes equipped with a cut depth indicator that automatically measures the depth of cut for each pass you take up to 1/8" and features built in dust collection with dual ports at 2-1/2" & 4" for easy hook up to a shop vac or dust collector.
The cutterhead raises and lowers on a 4 column precision ground carriage system which drastically reduces snipe. The convenient side carry handles allow for ease of portability and blade changes on this machine are simple and super fast. Chip an insert cutter? Simply unscrew the indexable cutter and rotate to get a fresh new cutting edge. Say goodbye to cumbersome and time consuming blade changes with traditional straight knife planers.
We tested this planer directly against the popular selling DeWalt DW735 13" Planer and found this machine to superior in noise level, smoothness of cut and overall performance. This machine is designed to tackle any type wood and is a welcome addition to any size shop or worksite. This machine is backed by a full 3 year warranty and available exclusively at Busy Bee Tools.
Motor: 2 HP, 120V, single-phase, 15A
Maximum cutting width: 12 1/2 "
Maximum cutting height: 6"
Maximum cutting depth: 1/8"
Max depth of cut @ 6": 1/8"
Max depth of cut @ 12.5": 1/16"
Minimum Length of Stock: 7"
Minimum Thickness of Stock: 1/8"
Feed rate F/Min: 26 FPM
Cutterhead speed: 10,000 RPM
Dual Port Dust Collection: 2-1/2" & 4" dust port for easy hook up to a shop vac or dust collector.
Weight: 27.5 kg
Powerful 2HP Motor
24 indexable cutters H.S.S (2 sided)
Inserts 14.3mm x 14.3mm x 2mm
Built in Dust Collection
Built in Carry handles
Top Rollers to return work piece
Comes with Cutter insert Torx key and adjustment keys
3 Year Warranty
Made in ISO 9001 factory
Finally pulled the trigger and I'm extremly happy. cleaner cuts with each pass and has really cut down sanding time. Barrie store was out of stock of the replacement carbide cutters which was a bit of a dissapointment but will get those when they are back in stock for an even shraper cut. Machine was very well packaged and the only negative thing I can say about it is that I should have got this much sooner.
My wood work is now cleaner and crisp.
This machine far exceeded my expectations for this price. It planes quickly, has superb finish, and is very accurate. You can easily plane to 1/32 accuracy, If you oversize slightly, use a digital caliper then trim down, you can get to 1/128 accuracy. I built a stand to position the planer exactly at table height so that material is fed in flat. You need this for longer workpieces.
My new planer arrived today and it was easy to setup, but when I did a couple of test runs with it the sniping was quite substantial. After about an hour or so of tweaking and leveling the in and outfeed tables, I can live with the sniping that is happening. Overall, the finish on the boards is good and it seems like a solid product.
I would recommend this product
I love this thing. Going from a dewalt 3 blade, this is definitely an improvement. I agree that some people don't classify it as a proper helical cutter but I find it is still a major improvement from 3 blades. I do find I get some good snipe on the boards which is why I am only doing 4 stars, but in reality, I find most planers you are prone to sniping. Definitely a good investment for the money and has not let me down.
This is only the 2nd review I have ever done. The first for a hotel in Las Vegas was extremely negative. My second for this planer is extremely positive. It is everything it says it is and paid for itself the first time I used it. I had quite a lot of rough cut pine (and some maple) which needed planing. This planer worked beautifully; extremely smooth surface with one pass.
Very happy with my new planer.
Has a very smooth cut, but i was hoping the inserts would have been (4) sided or maybe the carbide inserts as standard. Also return rollers on top would be great. The extra 1/2" is a real bonus in planing 12" shelving ect. All in all a darn nice machine.
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