|Item Weight||79 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||23.5 x 24 x 19 inches|
|Item model number||6550|
|Power Source||WEN 6550|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||2 year|
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WEN 6550 12.5-Inch 15A Benchtop Thickness Planer with Granite Table
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- Granite table provides a sturdy non-marring surface for wood to smoothly travel over
- Plane boards up to 6 inches thick and 12.5 inches wide
- 15A motor generates 18,800 cuts per minute at a 26 feet per minute feed rate
- Adjust depth to plane off anywhere from 0 to 3/32 of an inch with each pass
- Fan-assisted dust port removes sawdust from workpiece
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WEN 12-1/2 Inch Benchtop Thickness Planer
Remember when you brought those old jagged boards back to life? The WEN 12.5 inch Benchtop Thickness Planer with Granite Table repurposes rough and worn wood to give it an exceptionally smooth finish. The powerful 15-amp motor combined with our two-blade cutting system provides over 18,000 cuts per minute at a 26 feet per minute feed rate. Plane boards up to 12.5 inches wide and 6 inches thick with ease. The smooth granite table never warps and provides precise support to wood passing through the machine. Combine that with the heavy duty cast iron base for a sturdy planer that does not walk or wobble during operation. And because it’s a WEN product, the WEN Thickness Planer comes backed by a nationwide network of skilled service technicians, a helpful customer support line and a two-year warranty. Remember when your planer could handle even the hardest of woods? Remember WEN.
- Granite Table
- Rubber Adjustment Handle
- Cast Iron Base
- Pre-drilled Mounting Holes
- Foldable Infeed Table
- Foldable Outfeed Table
- Side Handles
- Fan-Assisted Dust Port
- Roller Bar
- Two-Year Warranty. Check our website for more information
Non-Marring Heavy Duty Granite Table
The WEN 12.5 inch Benchtop Thickness Planer features an all-granite table, ensuring a perfectly flat surface to support your boards. Granite maintains its integrity for decades to come, never warping or distorting over time. Not only does granite provide a smooth and non-marring surface for your wood to safely glide over, but it also prevents sawdust from clinging to the table's face. Combine the heavy-duty table with the cast iron frame to create a rugged and sturdy base that eliminates walking and wobbling during operation.
Side Handles and Collapsable Tables Make for Easy Transport
Make transportation and rearrangement simple with the two side-mounted handles and foldable infeed and outfeed tables. Both handles have hollowed out insides to create room for fingers to freely wrap around. Collapse the tables and grab the handles to easily move the WEN Thickness planer around the workshop.
Infeed and Outfeed Tables
Foldable infeed and outfeed tables add support to longer workpieces traveling through the planer. Both tables can be adjusted to get the perfect angle for smoothly feeding boards.
Tri-Roller Feeding System
The WEN Thickness Planer uses a tri-roller feeding system to help minimize snipe. Dual blades (SK-5) on the middle roller can be reversed to help elongate their life cycle and ensure sharp cuts.
Rubber Adjustment Handle
Adjust the height of your planer comfortably with the rubber-grip handle. Each full rotation adjusts the height 1/16 of an inch, allowing for extremely precise measurements.
Dust Hose Connection Port
Attach a dust extraction device or a wet/dry vac to the handy 2 inch fan-assisted dust port to minimize cleanup. Keep all of the sawdust and shavings in one place instead of all over the workshop floor.
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Remember when you brought those old jagged boards back to life? The WEN 12.5-inch Benchtop Thickness Planer with Granite Table repurposes rough and worn wood to give it an exceptionally smooth finish. The powerful 15-amp motor combined with our two-blade cutting system provides over 18,000 cuts per minute at a 26 feet per minute feed rate. Plane boards up to 12.5 inches wide and 6 inches thick with ease. The smooth granite table never warps and provides precise support to wood passing through the machine. Combine that with the heavy duty cast iron base for a sturdy planer that does not walk or wobble during operation. The handy depth adjustment knob varies each pass to take off anywhere from 0 to 3/32 of an inch. The fan-assisted dust port removes chips and sawdust from the workpiece and blasts them out of the way. This package also includes two high carbon steel double-edged blades (SK5) along with height-adjustable infeed and outfeed tables that limit snipe while providing extra support to your workpiece during planing. Easily mount the planer to a work surface or stand using the predrilled base holes. Repurpose old wood or make a set of boards flush with the WEN 12.5-inch Benchtop Thickness Planer. And because it’s a WEN product, the WEN Thickness Planer comes backed by a nationwide network of skilled service technicians, a helpful customer support line and a two-year warranty. Remember when your planer could handle even the hardest of woods? Remember WEN.
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My package arrived completely intact. I had visions of battered boxed with broken or missing contents. None of that happened. The box was completely intact and the planer was well cushioned inside. Setting up the planer was a simple matter of removing the styrofoam, attaching the handle, attaching the dust chute, wiping off the infeed, outfeed, and granite tables and waxing all of them down. The next thing I did was place the planer on a completely level surface and check the surfaces with a level. Everything was level in all directions and the cutter head needed no adjustments.
The first piece of wood I ran through the planer was a scrap 2X4 that I know had a slight warp. Several passes through the planer gave me some nice square edges and most of the warp was planed out. I'm sure that if I had kept going I could remove the entire warp. Next I fed a piece of oak pallet wood through the planer that was warped and cracked. While the planer did nothing for the crack, it did remove every bit of nastiness and revealed a beautiful tiger pattern under all the rough wood. Now I just have to find the right project for this piece of wood.
One thing I read a lot about with all planers is snipe. The WEN 6550 is not immune to this either. While not bad there is definitely snipe there. Running other pieces of wood through the planer with sacrificial wood before and after what you are planing completely eliminated all traces of snipe. In fact, the cutter head did such a good job on my project I almost don't even need to sand now.
But Fred, how loud is this planer? I'm glad you asked. It's loud. Running it without hearing protection just means that you will become friends with an Audiologist sooner rather than later because you WILL need hearing aids. Ok, all kidding aside, yes, it is loud and yes, you should wear hearing protection. Without any wood running through the planer it's not really any louder than any other tool in your shop. In fact, my table saw is probably louder but, put some wood through the planer and you can tell a huge difference in the decibels.
Wood removal is excellent but I have yet to turn the handle more than 1/2 a turn per pass (1/32nd inch wood removal) and mostly I'm only doing 1/4 turns (1/64th inch wood removal) with each pass. Each full turn will remove 1/16th inch of wood. So far, I've run pine, poplar, oak, walnut, maple, and purple heart through the planer and it has yet to even act like it's having trouble. Once I've use the planer some more and gotten used to it, I'll try doing a full 1/16th inch in a pass to see what happens.
This is a two blade cutter head planer and the blades are reversible. One review that I read said that blade removal was harder on this planer compared to others. Now, I will admit that I have nothing to compare that statement too but, I did not find blade removal hard or complicated. Just remove the two screws from the dust hood, remove the two screws from the blade cover and bam, there are your blades. There is a cutter head lock and you do have to push it down to rotate the cutter head to get to the 2nd blade but, that's not hard or a big deal.
Time will tell how well this planer will hold up but, based on it's performance so far, I see no reason why I won't get many years of service out of it. If you are in the market for a planer, you should definitely consider WEN.
While browsing through Amazon I came across the WEN 6550 for $219.42. The price was cheaper than comparable used planers advertised on Craigslist.
After reading the reviews both on Amazon and other sites, I purchased one. I was told it would arrive in five days but was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in two (Prime membership).
The box arrived in good condition with no visible damage. It should be noted that this tool weighs 73 lbs., so with packing material the whole box weighs in at about 80 lbs.
The tool appeared well packaged using form fitting foam blocks reinforced by a cardboard sleeve. When removing the packing be careful as the instructions are sandwiched between one of the cardboard sleeves and foam blocking.
Flipping down the in-feed/out-feed tables you will find a plastic bag containing parts and three foam blocks which protect the blades and roller mechanism.
In the bag are the following items.
-Depth adjusting handle
-Bolt with Lock Washer (to secure the handle)
-Plug (covers the handle screw)
-2 Magnets (used when changing blades)
-T-handle Hex Wrench
There is also a dust chute that needs to be installed.
The magnets and T-handle wrench has an on-board storage area just above where the dust chute is mounted.
Along with the bag of parts I also found a small plastic box. At first I was not sure of its use but a careful look at the parts diagram in the manual revealed it to be a cover for the chain drive mechanism. Apparently it fell out during shipment but was easily snapped back into place.
The three foam blocks are wedged securely. To remove them you need to first install the depth adjusting handle using the included screw and T-handle hex wrench and raise the roller-case.
Upon removing the blocks I found the granite table had some sort of residue on it. This was easily cleaned off using a de-greaser followed by glass cleaner.
The blades are already installed and are reversible and therefore should not need replacing for quite some time.
I next installed the dust chute which can be oriented for either left or right discharge. There are two thumb screws (pre-installed) that secure it to the planer.
This is all the assembly required.
I connected the dust chute to my shop vacuum and then went through my scrap pile looking for the worst piece of wood I could find.
With the planer off, I placed the board on the infeed granite table and lowered the roller-head until it just touch the wood. I then backed it off a full turn (One full turn of the handle equals 1/16").
I turned on the vacuum and the planer and fed the board through. Being cautious, I lowered the handle one-half turn passing the board through each time until the blades contacted board. The board fed easily with no evidence of binding.
I made about 4-5 passes lowering the roller-case by one-half turn (I was being overcautious) each time. The result was an extremely clean and finished board with no snipe. The lack of snipe may have been because the board is only about two feet long.
The infeed/outfeed tables are independently adjustable but so far I have not had any need to make adjustments.
The planer remained quite stable. Even though I did not have it clamped down during testing, it never moved. I attributed this to the heavy weight of the construction and solid granite table.
I have since run pallet wood through the planer and ended up with wood nice enough to make gift boxes out of (which I did).
So far I have been very pleased with this planer. It seems to be solidly built and performs well. I would have liked for it to have a roller-head lock. I have not as yet had any issues with the head moving but would have liked the assurance.
The vacuum system worked great, just be sure to check the vacuum container often as the planer will fill it substantially quicker than say a table saw.
The included manual is not the best. It is clearly a translation but provides adequate information in setting up and using the tool. This and the lack of a roller-head lock is why I gave it 4 stars.
The price along with the 2-year warranty makes this planer a good value for the home workshop.
Now the not so great part....
The lip of the outfeed table rests a fraction of an inch above the granite surface, so if you weren't expecting it, your lumber will bind up against it and take a large chunk of it. After removing it, (and building a new outfeed from some scrap) there was no more issue with it binding.
The planer doesnt like to take much off at all.....think 1/64th of an inch at a time. The only time i wasn't getting blade marks was when I only adjusted the handle a quarter turn. So, take your time with this and you will be pretty happy. If you are looking for professional quality though, set your budget a little higher and get something else.