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26 cutters… sounds like a helical type of cutting head. I tried looking for replacement blades to see, but the are not listed in the site yet.

Please post up a review if you do decide to go with this planer.
 

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I was pretty much set on a Dewalt 734. This caught my eye though. I really like the Woodriver products. I am afraid it will be like the steel city helical and not be worth the trouble. I know the Dewalt is tried and true.
 

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After some research, I've concluded that this is a steel city 40100-t2 with a new cutter head. It is not helical but, it does have the little reversable blades like a helical head does. The steel city gets good reviews. I'm interested. Not sure about pulling the trigger yet.
 

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Looks like an accuhead to me. Segmented cutterhead yes, but not a true helical. If it's a Steel City clone, watch for two-sided HSS inserts. Amana is said to make carbide inserts for these machines. It would be a shame to have a segmented cutterhead without carbide.
 

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I've recently found myself in the market for a good bench top planer as well and went down to my local woodcraft to check it out. It seemed to be pretty solid but similar to many that I have seen before. I asked the staff about the what they knew about it, I must have just missed a demo but they all seemed be pretty knowledgeable and did say that they were impressed with the cut. The cutters are not the same as many of the steel city ones that are square with the two sharpened edges. The cutters on the wood river planer look larger and rectangular but still two-sided. the only downside that I can see is the price of the replacement blades, they run 19.99 for a pack of 5 at woodcraft. I would be very interested if anyone knows more about solid carbide replacement blades or could put up their own review of this planer.
 

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I really hope the 26 blades is a typo. If they are trying to pull a hotdogs and hotdog buns situation on us that's messed up. Making you buy 6 5packs to get enough blades to do a change. Nice info, I would like to see a demo or video. I'm getting impatient Woodcraft. The Dewalt keeps calling my name.
 

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I would be worried about the carbon steel cutters. Running at close to 10k RPM, those things are likely to heat up in a cut to a point where temper could become compromised. Not saying it will, but it could, especially with tougher to plane woods. However, more options in the market place is never really a bad thing as long as you stay informed.
 

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"Hotdogs and hotdog buns situation" Ha! Good analogy! I have asked at my local Woodcraft a couple of times and was never given a solid answer. Guess they haven't had their demo yet.

My attention was also grabbed by this ad in the flyer as $400 seems like a steal for a true helical, which is why I don't think it is a true helical, along with the fact that the word "helical" doesn't appear anywhere.
 

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That does look exactly (minus the paint) like the Steel City 40100-T2. I'd be very skeptical of a "SuperCut" cutterhead without any pictures. Sounds a lot like the individual straight knives previously mentioned and while they are likely to be less noisy and reduce the strain on the motor as you wouldn't have a full width knife engaging the lumber all at once, I'd still stick with what's tried and true. If you want to upgrade either a DW734 or DW735 in the future, helical cutterheads should be available for both for quite some time to come.
 

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After some research, I ve concluded that this is a steel city 40100-t2 with a new cutter head. It is not helical but, it does have the little reversable blades like a helical head does. The steel city gets good reviews. I m interested. Not sure about pulling the trigger yet.

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Close. The comparable Steel City model is/was the 40300H. (They've discontinued that particular model, but are still doing segmented heads on other equipment) We have sold several of those and customers are very happy with them. The cutter head is segmented, but not a true helical.



I really hope the 26 blades is a typo. If they are trying to pull a hotdogs and hotdog buns situation on us that s messed up. Making you buy 6 5packs to get enough blades to do a change.
Nope, that would also be correct. Keep in mind that on segmented heads, you will more often change out just two or three from a nick than changing all at once. The 5 packs allow someone to do that without buying 26.

You also have a situation where they are utilizing the same cutters in their segmented jointer heads that take differing numbers of cutters, depending on whether they are 6 or 8 inch. So the small pack sizes allow flexibility for the various machines.
 

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I looked at it yesterday because my delta s dying(rollers). The fixed (min width ) is open to sawdust ad did not work pretty good, would be a pita. Cutters are way too expensive considering that it would take $100 to replace them all. They are double sided though but most are nowadays anyway. The had a piece of mahogany they planed and although nice it did have snipe but not all they way across like you would normally see but snipe only 1/3 the way across which leads me to believe the units blades weren't adjusted right. I'm going with the dewalt, more proven and complete replacement blades are only $48. Up close it looks like the steel city one and BTW the helical steel city one is not made anymore and the company just changed.. I'll pass
 

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I purchased the new supercut planer this morning, and I did some planing this afternoon with very nice results. I have been using a Ryobi for the last ten years, and this planer is much nicer in several ways. It is a better design, and it is quieter. I was quite pleased with the finish, and I didn't notice any sniping. The dust collector attachment is convenient, and the carbide cutters should last much longer than non-carbide. I planed both narrow lumber and a wide, thick cherry board. Overall, I give it a 9 out of 10.
 

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Johnvenn, Did you confuse Carbon steel with carbide? This Woodriver planer has carbon steel cutters…not carbide.

And the cutter arrangement is not helical…it is segmented and staggered, but not helical. The cutting action is more like a straight bladed planer. Same as the Steel City model that some referred to as helical, but wasn't helical.
 
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