|Item Weight||90 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||26 x 23 x 16 inches|
|Item model number||40200H|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||2 Years Limited Warranty|
Steel City Tool Works 40200H 13-Inch Planer with Helical Cutterhead
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Powerful 15 amp Motor: Drives the patented Helical Head cutterhead to provide plenty of power for full width planing or long run jobs.Patented Helical Head:Helical Head has 26 indexible HSS inserts for superior finish, longer cut time, and quieter operation.Extra Large In-Feed & Out Feed Tables:Offers extra support for large work pieces and folds up easily for storage or transport.Depth of cut Indicator:Easy to read indicator allows for precise cuts and fast set up time.Snipe Lock:Firmly locks cutter head assembly to help minimize snipe.
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13-Inch Planer with Spiral Cutterhead
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Regarding the performance of this machine: I could not be happier! Adjusting the in-feed/out-feed tables did take some time and the bolts for this are inset too close to the base of the unit in my opinion. You'll need some good dexterity to get them just right. There is only one feed speed. I don't think 2 feed speeds would be useful for me, but maybe others work a whole lot faster on a planer than I do or have help on the out feed. I planed about 20 bf of 8-inch wide black walnut the other night from about 4/4 down to 1/2" thickness taking nice 1/32" swipes. This sucker could easily swipe up 1/16" on a pass, but I was so pleased with the surface at 1/32" that I just beamed from ear-to-ear and kept putting the stock back through to get to my final thickness. Did someone say I need a re-saw setup on a dedicated band saw? Ah yes---that would be nice. Had fun planing, but it is sad to see half of a board wasted.
Many of us really want a 15-20" floor-model planer with its own dedicated space in the "shop" and a 220V power supply. A lot of woodworking snobs will tell you not to even bother with these suitcase (portable) models. Let's get real. Most of us do woodworking in our garage and space IS an issue. How will this hold up under professional use? I have no idea, but then again I'm not going to abuse my tools like "employees" will. I built houses for a number of years and I can tell you even the best tool will fail when it is abused---apropos with ANY tool review you read and always worth considering. Overall I'm confident in giving this machine a 5/5 rating.
The Steel City planer is quieter and takes off twice as much material without bogging down as what my DeWalt can handle. I can even hear my dust collector running when I use this planer! (If you've ever forgotten to turn on your dust collector before planing a board - you know that hearing it run is a good thing!)
So far I have no negatives to report. It appears to be the best small planer on the market (especially since it is the only small planer with a helix cutter).
My only complaint is the dust collector design doesn't get as much saw dust as my Dewalt. It got all with that one. This one makes a mess. There was barely any grease on my unit unlike other reviews. I Just ran a few practice boards through and got it all off that way. I would highly recommend.
The planer came shipped in the in is own box with no problems. Once out of the box you will need to clean off some grease from table of the planer, but nothing to major. After the you attach the 4" dust collector port you are ready to go.
I did have to adjust the level of the infeed and outfeed table to eliminate snipe, but still have some on the first and last couple inches of the board. I know some people find snipe to be a big deal, I plan for it and just cut off the ends.
The first thing you notice when you first start using it is how quiet it is. This does not matter to me so much because I have a loud dust collector and I always use hearing protection. But it is significantly quieter then straight blade planers. The part that I am disappointed with is you still get a fair amount scallops and tearout from the coarser grain woods. I was under the impression that the spiral head was supposed to significantly decrease tearout or eliminate it. But I have not noticed a difference for from my older dewalt planer. I have tried taking lighter passes of 1/32 of and inch and changing the directional feed of the board but with no success. Maybe I had too high of expectations for this planer. It does have plenty of power to push through and species of wood at its 13" capacity. Dust collection catches about 95% of the chips, so nothing to complain about. We will just have to see how long the knives stay sharp for and how it is to change them. Will keep you posted.
I give it the three stars because I expected better result regarding tearout.
I have been using this planer for about a year know and I have to say I am more pleased with this purchase now then I was a year ago. I have put thousands of board feet of wood through this machine and it has held up wonderfully. I have not had any problem with this machine. Changing knives is so fast and easy it does not even compare to straight knife planers. This is a huge advantage especially if you nick or damage a knife insert it can easily be changed. I am able to change out all 26 cutters within 20 min, AWESOME!
Since I have switch my knives to Amana RCK-70 carbide inserts I have had a much improved experience with tearout. These inserts are even four sided and less expensive then the steel city HSS replacement blades. Check it out.
For the money you will not find a better planer, especially with a cutterhead like this.
Now I would give this planer 4 stars.
Most recent customer reviews
The first clue was a missing user manual. The second was when I opened it up to clean the protective grease from the cutter head.Read more