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|Item model number||708528|
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JET 708528 JWP-208-1 20-Inch 3 Horsepower Planer, 230-Volt 1 Phase
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- 3hp, 1ph, 230 volt motor
- Produces 5000 RPM and 20,000 cuts per minute; 4 knife cutterhead
- Cast iron base table and head; one piece welded base
- Includes 24 volt magnetic controls, four high speed steel knives, dust hood, extension rollers, two speed gearbox, return rollers, knife setting gauge, and one piece welded base
- Weighs 1,058 pounds; 1 year warranty
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Power and production are what you get with this beauty of a planer from Jet. The 3 horsepower, single-phase, 230-volt motor gives you 5,000 rpm for a total of 20,000 cuts per minute via the four-knife cutterhead, turning raw lumber into smooth, ready-to-work boards in minutes.
Professionals will love this planers fantastic capacity, with a full 20 inches of width and 6 inches under the cutterhead and a full-width max depth of cut of 3/32-inch.
The gear box has two feed speeds, easily set by pulling out or pushing in a lever while the planer is running. There are three rugged steel infeed rollers that grab hold of the stock for you, paired with three rubber outfeed rollers that wont mar your piece. Anti-kickback fingers operate by gravity, keeping stock from being thrown back at you.
A large handwheel makes depth changes an easy task, turning smoothly and moving the table surface is .059" with each complete revolution. Yes, the table surface. Instead of the cutterhead coming down to the work, the work moves up to the stationary cutterhead. It seemed a bit unconventional, but the end result is flawless, so we have no beef with it, except for the fact that it makes difficult the job of building auxiliary feed tables. The depth scale is clear and legible, marked in increments of 1/16-inch. We like the sturdy return rollers mounted on top, giving you a great place to rest the stock and giving your arms and back a break on the trip back to the infeed side.
This is a beautifully made machine, with the fit and finish youd expect in this price category, form the one-piece welded base to the serrated infeed rollers and the glass-like table surface. To keep the tables pristine, youll want to apply talcum power with a blackboard eraser once a week use plenty of elbow grease. The table will stay slick and protected, and your workpieces wont pick up any discoloration from the powder.
This is a dream planer for the home woodworker, and it will be the staple in any professionals workshop. Well done, Jet.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste
What's in the Box
Includes 24-volt magnetic controls, four high-speed steel knives, dust hood, extension rollers, two-speed gearbox, return rollers, knife-setting gauge, and one-piece welded base
From the Manufacturer
Powerful 3 hp, 1-phase, 230-volt motor produces 5,000 rpm and 20,000 cuts per minute. Specially designed table moves quickly and accurately using a positive gear drive and is precision-ground for smooth operation. Features: infeed and outfeed roller extensions, cast-iron base table and head, four cutter knives for easier cutting and longer motor life, built-in table rollers, and a large hand wheel to quickly adjust table height. Comes standard with 24-volt magnetic controls, four high-speed steel knives, dust hood, extension rollers, two-speed gearbox, return rollers, knife-setting gauge, and one-piece welded base.
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This is the most expensive machine in my shop, only to soon be slightly surpassed by my future lathe purchase. I'm so glad I went through with it. It comes precisely configured. The only thing you'll really have to do is assemble a handle, attach the roller infeed/outfeed extensions, attach the dust duct, and deal with the plug, which i explained earlier.
I have used it a few dozen times now, and have consistently gotten roughly milled lumber down to 1,000th to 100th of an inch variance in height. Practically unnoticeable. That super small variance could have many explanations, but I'm happy with it ^_^.
Edit, ived used it for almost 55 hours now. I do notice more variation in the accuracy. Overall though I still love and recommend it. I've used it a lot for getting cutting boards and table tops down to the right height.
I agree that if the planer head moved rather than the table it would be easier to support long boards, but after using the planer, I regard this as a minor issue, as board support (at least on 8' boards) is very firm and solid.
The first boards I planed were 3/4" white pine, 12" and 13-1/2" wide, for some cabinet doors. Excellent results. Powerful, firm feed, and superb finish (which I would expect from new blades). Then on the bandsaw I resawed into two boards some 4" and 6" wide birch which I had rough sawn on my sawmill to 1-1/4" (1-1/8" dry). The resaw turned out a little wavy, and I planed these down to 5/16". These are for a new ceiling in our remodeled bathroom, and the 5/16" thickness was fine. Again, results were superb, and I especially noticed no to practically no snipe. I need more experience to discover best how to minimize what snipe there is.
The Jet planer itself is a very substantial machine. I put it on a mobile base, as I need to move it occasionally to make room in my shop. Except for the mobile base, this is a two-person machine to move. I used a jack and supports to lift it onto the mobile base, as I had no access to a second person.
If I had 3-phase available, I would have opted for the 3-phase model of this planer, but the single phase 230V (my shop voltage supply actually is a srong 240V) so far has had plenty of power and I have no complaint.
My other planer experience is with my Dewalt 12-1/2" bench planer, which I have been very satisifed with in general, although it is no match for the Jet. I will keep the Dewalt for lighter planing uses. I also have used my friend's off-brand 12" bench planer which was definitely inferior to the Dewalt. Which reminds me that everytime I try to cut corners on serious tools, I make a big mistake.
My shop is minimally equipped for the quantity of shavings emitted by this planer. I have a Delta 2-bag collector with an intervening collector barrel to catch most of the droppings, and this fills really fast. While not an issue with the planer, it does slow production for me because of the need to very frequently empty the collector bag and barrel.
Free shipping with Amazon was a definite plus. Shipping was fast, the trucker arrived with a drop gate delivery truck, and I used my forklift to carry the pallet with the Jet into my shop. The planer obviously had been tipped over in transit, and one cover was cracked, but the planer itself was true in all respects -- a tribute to the substantial nature of this machine. I called Jet on the cracked cover, and Jet sent sent me a replacement which arrived within one week. I had expected to have to file a claim with the truck company.
I also have a Jet 10" table saw which now is about 10 years old -- a faithful, strong performer; a Jet 6" jointer with which I am very satisfied; and a Jet 18" bandsaw which is only two years old and frankly I have not used a lot, not because of the machine but because of limited applications so far. It's biggest job so far was resawing the birch, which indicated the bandsaw may be under-powered as I had to saw quite slowly. To this add a 12" Delta radial arm saw and a variety of quality hand power and manual tools and there is little I cannot do in my shop.
A final word to the wise -- if a machine motor can be re-wired for 230-240V any you have it available, do it -- the performance improves markedly. I have placed 240V outlets all around my shop so every power tool that can run on 240V now does. And a word to the manufacturers -- always supply motors that can be rewired for 240V operation.
I have been very pleased with this planer, although it is not a daily use tool for me, I feel it has performed well.
The only thing that causes any problem is that the feed table raises and lowers with thickness adjustments (Rather than the cutter assembly)...So I cannot easily build an outfeed table, since it too, would have to move with the planer table. Therefore, it is necessary to have two people planing large pieces.
But, a good planer for the price...and free shipping! That makes it tough to beat.