13" Portable Planer with SuperCut Cutterhead
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The WoodRiver® 13" Planer features a powerful 15-amp motor with a patented SuperCut Cutterhead. This patented cutterhead incorporates 26 carbon steel reversible inserts, which are configured to...
15-Amp, 115V, 60 Hertz
- Cutterhead Speed: 9,500 RPM
- Cutterhead Diameter: 2"
- Number of Knives: 26 Two-Sided Carbon Steel Inserts
- Max Width of Stock - 13"
- Min. Thickness of Stock - 1/8"
- Max. Thickness of Stock - 6"
- Max. Depth of Cut: at 6" - 1/32", at 13" – 7/64"
- Feed Rollers: Polyurethane with Feed Rate: 26 FPM
- Dust Port Opening: 2-1/2" or 4"
- Weight: 72-1/2 lbs.
- Warranty: 1 Year
It's not ready.
I read the previous reviews but decided to chance a purchase because, it was $40 off and maybe they resolved the chipped teeth issues. They haven't. My test boards came out with raised lines that would require much time to sand out. Also, they do no have carbide teeth as an option. No after market company makes carbide teeth in this size, (comes out to be 27mm wide) and they would be expensive. They standard helical head teeth are 14mm at about $2.50 ea. I took it back the same day, pulled the trigger on a general for $200 more than the woodriver, and couldn't be happier. The general is a tad smoother and quieter and comes standard with carbide inserts.
Good machine, poor quality control at factory
After reading another review, I took a very close look at the inserts before ever plugging in my new planer - three were visibly 'chipped', and with a brighter light, five more had small chips/bent spots. That's eight bad out of twenty six! The very nice manager at the local store (Judy) immediately made this right, but I strongly suggest anyone buying this check the insert edges before leaving the store if at all possible! Worst issue is the Operator's Manual. Very poorly translated to pidgin English, and lists a loose part (magnet) that it warns you to make sure you have located before you operate the planer. Which is not in the box, because the product no longer ships with a magnet! And if anyone figures out what a 'jack up or universal truck' is, that you should use as an 'aide' (sic) when planing, let me know…
I'm a very tough reviewer.
This planer is very good, but not great. 6 of the 26 "blades" were chipped. That was very disappointing. But I turned them, when I discovered the blade screw removal tool (hex tee wrench) rounded very quickly. My own 3mm works pretty good. I don't have a vacuum system so the "diverter" didn't divert. Probably not supposed to. The planing results were pretty good, but on hard maple, I detected "lines" where the blades intersected. And it still chipped out curly grain. This is basically a strong accurate planer that acts like a 2 or 3 blade planer (hitting the board streight on rather than slicing) that has a quick and simple blade replacement. BTW, the blades are HSS, no carbide available yet. Not sure how that is going to play out. Snipe was minimal, with paid attention and experience. My boards came out accurately, within 1/128th side to side and end to end. And the preset gauge was surprisingly accurate, within 1/64th. Over all, I'm pleased, except for the 6 chipped blades.......