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Powermatic 1791213 15HH 3 HP 15-Inch Planer with 230-Volt 1 Phase Byrd Shelix Helical Cutterhead

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  • Byrd helical cutterhead with 98 four-sided knife inserts provides smoother, quieter cutting and finer finish than conventional systems.
  • Powerful 3HP TEFC motor controlled by magnetic switch for safety.
  • Three V-belts transfer maximum power to the cutterhead.
  • Serrated steel infeed roller and smooth steel outfeed roller allow for 1/8-Inch maximum depth of cut and trouble-free operation.
  • Large cast iron handwheel positions table quickly and easily.
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Product Description

1791213 Features: -15'' planer with byrd shelix helical cutterhead.-15HH. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Dimensions: -Dimensions: 43.5'' H x 28'' W x 48'' D.


Featuring a top-of-the-line helical cutterhead for smooth cutting and fine finishes, the Powermatic 15HH 15-Inch Planer is ideal for precision wood dimensioning. Accurate and dependable, this planer's powerful motor, smooth feeds, precise depth-of-cut adjustments, robust construction, and integrated dust hood set a new standard in wood planing.

The 15HH 15-Inch Planer
At a Glance:
  • Accurately dimensions wood
  • Helical cutterhead with 74 4-sided knife inserts
  • Push/pull knob for easy shifting between feed rates
  • Cast-iron components for durability
  • All-metal dust hood diverts debris

Power is transmitted to the cutterhead by three v-belts that turn the pulleys.

The motor is operated and protected by a true magnetic switch on the head assembly.
Byrd Helical Cutterhead for Smooth, Quiet Cuts
A top-of-the-line woodworking tool, the 15HH features Tom Byrd's famous helical cutterhead. The Byrd cutterhead is made from stress-proof steel for unrivaled durability, and it is ultra-efficient thanks to 74 carbide inserts that are arranged in spiral-shaped rows. These inserts have a four-inch radius ground into them and are mounted to approach your workpiece at a 14-degree angle, so you'll get a true shear cut every time you use it.

While the 15HH is capable of 3/16-inch-deep cuts on most stock widths, a limiter plate at the center of the cutterhead limits full-width cuts to 1/8 inch or less. This helps avoid applying excessive strain on the machine and prevents damage to the wood.

To top it off, the Byrd cutterhead is incredibly quiet. In fact, you may not realize it's cutting wood until you see the remarkable results!

Powerful Motor for Reliable Performances
The 15HH owes its robust performance to a three-horsepower (continuous duty rating), single-phase, 230-volt TEFC (totally enclosed fan-cooled) motor. This motor is mounted in the planer's base cabinet, and it is operated by a true magnetic switch located on the head assembly. For trouble-free maintenance, the motor features an easily removable, full-length belt cover.

Smooth Infeeds and Outfeeds
The 15HH features a serrated steel infeed roller and a smooth steel outfeed roller that allow for positive feeding and non-marring of the wood upon exit.

What's more, the 15HH has two material feed rates: 20 FPM used primarily for rough dimensioning and 16 FPM used primarily for smooth dimensioning. The two-speed gearbox features an automatic chain tensioner and a push/pull knob makes shifting between feed rates as easy as can be.

Durable, Adjustable, and Maneuverable
The 15-HH's tables are made of cast iron with smooth, precision-ground surfaces for durability and easy feeds. Measuring 15 inches wide by 20 inches long, the main table provides ample space for larger projects. A pair of cast-iron extension tables (15.75-inches wide by 14 inches long), means you can expand the table to 48 inches in length.

A large cast-iron handwheel positions the table quickly and easily, and four posts give you optimum stability. And built around a fully enclosed welded steel base cabinet, the 15HH features machined iron casters that ensure durability and maneuverability--a foot-operated brake lets you lock the casters into place.

Dust Hood Deflects Debris away from Your Workpiece
To help protect components and improve visibility, an all-metal dust hood diverts debris from the cutterhead. The hood terminates with a four-inch diameter port that is conveniently angled to the side, so the dust collector hose does not interfere with the exiting stock.

Dimensions and Warranty Information
The 15HH measures approximately 48.0 x 28.0 x 43.5 inches (WxHxD), weighs 502 pounds, and is backed by a five-year warranty.

What's in the Box
15HH 15-Inch Planer; dust hood; two cast-iron extension tables; handwheel; handle; four hex wrenches (3.0 - 6.0mm); two open-ended wrenches (8 - 10mm and 12-14mm); three bags of fasteners; 1-1/4-inch drive screwdriver; TP25 Torx Plus drive socket adapter; 10 extra knife inserts; manual; and warranty card.

Built around an enclosed, welded steel base cabinet, this planer uses precisely machined iron castings to ensure durability and precise, repeatable operation.

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 1791213
Item Weight537 pounds
Product Dimensions48 x 28 x 43.5 inches
Item model number15HH
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Horsepower3 HP
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionFive year limited warranty
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #224,789 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight537 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First AvailableJanuary 1, 2006
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brock on December 1, 2010
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I have waited for a few months to post a review of this machine to get aquainted with it and fine tune it. I ordered the machine from Amazon and was pleased with the price and shipping method/time. Upon unpacking I did find that the motor inspection door had been dented, but not badly enough to warrent a return. Assembly was a breeze, as the in/outfeed tables have allen head set screws to aide in leveling prior to tightening the mounting bolts. A 220V cord is provided.

I was amazed at how (relatively) quiet the machine is. It runs smooth without a load, no vibration or rattles to speak of. Under load this machine is amazingly quiet, this alone nearly justifies the cost of the Shelix head. After a short time, I noticed I was getting unacceptable rippling in the test wood. I soon traced this to the belts. I had to tighted the belts about once a week for the first month, as they seemed to strech before finally finding a set. This was a very easy process with no dissassembly save the removal of the access panel. I plan to replace the 3 belts with the segmented type after they wear out.

After the belt/chatter gremlins were solved, I moved on to the snipe issue. This machine as delivered had a pronounced snipe problem at about 1/32". Since the infeed and outfeed tables were true I turned my attention to the bed rollers. There are two full length rollers located in the bed of the table to aide in planing rough wood. These rollers are shipped a few thousanths of an inch proud of the table. I spent some time adjusting them flush to the table as I have most of my stock delivered S2S and had no problem with binding. This adjustment eliminated the snipe entirely.

I have now run several thousand board feet through it and I have found the cut to be very good.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Terry L. Cairns on October 18, 2013
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This 15 HH replaces a Jet 13" planer in my personal shop. I have a read literally dozens and dozens of reviews on the head and I have to tell you, I was cautiously skeptical. But I kept reading the same comments, over and over again. Different people from all over the country but all saying the same things about this revolutionary cutter head system. Finally I was in a position where the 13" was limiting what I could do and frankly, I was having to replace the steel knives every month. And I'm just a hobbiest mind you so it's not like the machine is running for hours a day. But the maple and walnut and cherry and beech I was running through it were just too rough on the knives. In an effort to lengthen the lifespan of the steel knives, I would plane no more than 1/32" at a time, often less and I set the machine for 10fps. But I digress. Finally I purchased the 15HH from Amazon. Why Powermatic? Because my Powermatic 15" bandsaw is the finest piece of woodworking machinery I have ever laid hand on. My hope was that their planers were just as good. I looked at them all too. Jet, Grizzly, every major manufacturer. But I kept coming back to PM, in spite of the price.

As usual, delivery from Amazon was lightening fast, less than a week from order date to delivery. The machine arrived crated VERY well and the delivery truck had a lift gate so, with a pallet jack, it was quickly in my garage. I uncreated the machine and muscled it off the pallet and on to its internal casters without too much difficulty...................and I'm 62 years old. A fit 62, but 62 none the less.

The machine comes mostly assembled and the assembly required is very well spelled out in the accompanying manual.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Kuchera on January 1, 2013
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I am pretty picky when it comes to my tools - especially when they get expensive. So there are few issues I have with the Powermatic planer, but overall it still gets 5 stars.

The great: Delivery of this monster was great - mostly assembled, crated well, easy to offload from the pallet, shipping company did well meeting the time-slot. The machine runs so quietly, even when planing. The helical cutter head does an excellent job producing glass smooth cuts and reducing tear-out on some figured maple. The casters roll smoothly and lock securely.

Could be better: I'd like to see some preset thickness stops. The rollers contribute to some snipe - very pronounced on shorter pieces - will need to fiddle with adjustments. When taking a very light cut, the infeed roller leaves notched marks - hopefully this can also be corrected with adjustment. The casters are fixed not swivel and don't retract - they work great now, but I fear over time they'll develop flat spots from sitting or from twisting to turn it.
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69 of 88 people found the following review helpful By PM Customer on December 5, 2009
I purchased this planer from Powermatic. It had a major manufacturing defect with the bed. The factory did not bevel the edges of the planer bed where the bed rollers are located. This resulted in boards not passing through the planer. Powermatic tech services and regional rep admitted that this was a major manufacturing defect that rendered the planer useless. However they refused to replace the planer with a new uncrated, planer. They were only willing to send a tech out to file the bed and "jury rig" the planer to get it working. If felt this to be unacceptable since it seems to be that you replace a planer that is defective out of the box, with a new uncrated planer. Obviously, Powermatic does not QA the tools as this should have been caught. Likewise, they in my opinion do not stand behind the product.
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