Steel City Planer

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Blog entry by Jack Dalton posted 12-11-2014 04:33 PM 1825 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am intrigued by the idea of the helical cutter head for working figured woods. Does anyone have experience with the unit.

I understand the cutter they use are HSS but there are replacements in carbide. Where are those available.

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 11:17 PM

I’m not familiar with the tool you are talking about but do have a thickness planner with helical cutter head.
Mine has carbide inserts and work great for figured wood. I recently ran some very figured curly maple through the planner and the boards came out beautiful, no tear out no chipping.

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 12:08 AM

Jack, I noticed the Steel Citylunch box style helical planer seems to have foor sized cutters but only two sides can be used. Other planers have cutters that can be rotated on all four sides.

Someone correct me if I am wrong. Not sure how that would influence my decision if only two sides cut versus the more expensive four sided. .??

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 05:51 AM

I have a dewalt 735 and put a byrd carbide head in it….

it you need a 120 volt planer then this is the best combo in my mind

otherwise I would step up and get a 220 volt planer

I do not have the power so that is how I made my choice

the dewalt 735 is a great planner with the standard head and will do a great job but long term I did the upgrade and have not regretted it

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#4 posted 12-12-2014 01:55 PM

I bought the Steel City 40300H back in February, I love it. I have probably put a few thousand board feet through it and I’m just now replacing the blades. I got the carbide replacement blades from Highland Woodworking. The cutter head takes 26 inserts but they only sell them in packs of 10 so I had to buy 3 packs.

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