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Forum topic by jerryo posted 03-26-2016 01:22 PM 1310 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2016 01:22 PM

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Hello fellow lumber jocks. I am in the market for a new bench top planer and was wondering if anyone has one with the segmented cutter head and if so are they any quieter than the ones with straight blades. Some manufactures of cutter head style claim to be quieter. Fine woodworking has an article out listing db noise levels stating the ones they tested are 1 or 2 db’s quieter than the straight blade ones they tested. Does 1 or 2 db’s make a big difference? Any info on performance also would be appreciated. Jerry

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 01:35 PM

I believe that the volume doubles for every 3dB.
The dB scale is logarithmic.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 01:52 PM

Everything you need to know.

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 01:57 PM

I’ve had both. You still will want to wear hearing protection! But there are other worthwhile advantages to the segmented head units and thus I would still recommend getting a segmented head unit.

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#4 posted 03-26-2016 05:09 PM

Check out the Cutech planer. Has a segmented cutter head. My Cutech benchtop jointer works very well.

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#5 posted 03-26-2016 05:39 PM

Check out the Cutech planer. Has a segmented cutter head. My Cutech benchtop jointer works very well.

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I have the old Steel City 40200H and it’s a good planer but as a warning, the head is segmented but it’s not like most helical heads. It uses long segmented knives so they are only 2 sided and the cuts are not quite as good as say my 90+ knive 20” helical planer.

It’s still pretty loud and I need to use hearing protection but that’s because of the motor. Any planer in the class is going to be loud because they use a universal motor.

The Cutech planer is a direct descendant of Steel City after they shut down but if you look around, Rikon and a couple other companies are selling the same design so shop around to get the best price.

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#6 posted 03-26-2016 09:56 PM

Thanks for the info guys. Azwoody, I was checking out the Rikon. Highland woodworking has it on sale for $500.

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