This is a nicely designed planer thicknesser, especially suited to the trade workshop or discerning home user. Constructed from cast iron and heavy gauge welded steel, it is robust and will withstand heavy usage on a daily basis. The cast iron surfacing tables have heavy ribbing underneath to maintain flatness and, unusually, both tables are completely adjustable to the blades to avoid sniping. The tables hinge independently and have up-stop latches to hold them securely when thicknessing. The thicknessing table is easy to adjust with a smooth mechanism and it has a position lock which prevents any movement. The 3-knife cutter block has quick change HSS knives as standard; these are self-setting, razor sharp and will give a superb finish. There is a power feed engagement lever for use when thicknessing; the 5m/min feed speed ensures a smooth, even finish. When surface planing, the long rigid alloy fence supports your work securely, the fence being easily adjustable with stops for 90° and 45°. Brackets are mounted on the rear of the machine to store the fence when not in use. Chip extraction is via a hinging flip-over hood which is electrically interlocked for safety.
Also available is a version fitted with a spiral blade cutter block. This uses 14mm x 2.5mm 4-sided TCT spur type cutters, 44 in all arranged over four rows. These cutters are unique in that the edges are machined to a radius of 102mm; this coupled with how they are set on the block means that a shear type cut is achieved. There are several advantages of this type of cutter block. Durability: each edge will last around 10-20 times longer than a HSS knife and you have four edges per cutter. Noise: spiral cutter blocks are notably quieter in use, up to 50% with some timbers. Power: because of their shear type cutter action, the power saving can be as much as 30%, meaning much less strain on the machine and lower running costs. Your extraction will be more efficient because of the even shape of the chips, packing more into the waste sack.
If your work involves machining difficult, abrasive timbers, or large batch production with sanding as a finishing procedure, then this system is unbeatable. And the finish is silky smooth, without the traditional fine lines across the board.N.B. 16A supply required, type C breaker recommended.
|Cuts per Minute||14,400|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||100mm|
|Knives||3 x HSS (Re-sharpenable), or 44 x TCT Spur Cutters|
|Length of Table||1,100mm|
|Max Depth of Cut Planer||4mm|
|Max Depth of Cut Thicknesser||2mm|
|Max Planing Width||260mm|
|Max Thicknesser Capacity||190mm|
|Min Extraction Airflow Required||1,000m³/hr|
|Noise Level dB @ 1m||89|
|Overall L x W x H||1,100 x 660 x 940mm|
|Power||2.2kW 230V 1ph|
20 November 2016
Worth waiting for.On arrival it was easy to unload and preliminary set up. It was used to plane and square up some rough sawn pine at first and the finish was not what i expected. A little rough. However, since then i have planed hardwood and the finish is second to none. Still having some difficulty setting the in and out feed tables level because depending on how much pressure you apply to securing the in-feed table depends on whether it sits level with the out feed table. So it is inconsistent in the annoying little dip at the end of a planing run. I guess thats the compromise you get with a planer / thicknesses combination. After a short use the cutters do feel dull but they continue to do the job well and provide a good finish. I took a long while deciding whether to go for the rotary cutter or the standard knives. I am still not convinced if the extra cost is worth it? time will tell. I have found the insertion and removal of the fence cumbersome. The design does not give sufficient room to slide the fence out of its mounting without a collision with the cutter arm guard. However, If you are looking for a machine thats quiet and saves space and does what is says on the box - go for it.
3 February 2016
If you can afford it you won't regret itI upgraded from the axminster 106 planer/thicknesser. The 107 is much better even though the 106 wasn’t bad at all.