This is a ruggedly made planer thicknesser, especially suited for use in any trade workshop. Constructed from cast iron and heavy gauge welded steel, it is robust and will withstand heavy use on a daily basis. The long cast iron surfacing tables have heavy ribbing underneath to maintain flatness and, unusually, both tables are completely adjustable to the cutter block 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 is also supplied with digital height indication for accurate measurement of the cut. A position lock is fitted which prevents any movement. There is a power feed engagement lever for use when thicknessing; the 6m/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.
This machine is fitted with a four row spiral blade cutter block. This uses 15mm square x 2.5mm thick, four edged solid Tungsten Carbide spur type cutters, 56 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. This gives a very "kind" cut so that even figured timbers can be machined with little or no tear-out. There are several advantages of this type of cutter block :-
Durability: each edge will last around ten times longer than an HSS knife and you have four edges per cutter.
Noise: spiral cutter blocks are notably quieter in use, up to 50% with some timbers. And the finish is silky smooth, without the usual lines across the board.
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 also 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. N.B. 16A supply required, type C breaker recommended.
|Cuts per Minute||14,400|
|Cutterblock Diameter||70 mm|
|Cutterblock Speed||4,800 rpm|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||100 mm|
|Feed Speed||5 m/min|
|Knives||TCT Spur Cutters x 56|
|Length of Table||1,380 mm|
|Max Depth of Cut Planer||4.0 mm|
|Max Depth of Cut Thicknesser||2.0 mm|
|Max Planing Width||310 mm|
|Max Thicknessing Capacity||225 mm|
|Min Extraction Airflow Required||1,500 m³/hr|
|Nett Weight||272 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||1,390 mm x 930 mm x 1,350 mm|
|Sound Power Level [Uncertainty K]||89 dB(A) [1.5 dB]|
24 May 2018
A great bit of kitLike others, I was looking to replace an old machine, and had reviewed the market before deciding to buy this one. It seemed - and is - a lot of machine for the money, and I finally went for the spiral cutter version because so many other woodworkers had told me that they really are better, and I now concur with this view.
18 November 2017
Excellent machineI did write a long positive review which the wonderful Axminster website dumped and left me to start all over again! All previous reviewers have said everything you need. Great machine and super value compared with the Hammer I was going to buy.
15 November 2017
Suberb machine for the moneyI've had the AT129PT for a few weeks now and ordered it with the spiral cutter block and mobile base. Getting it off the base of the shipping pallet and onto the mobile base was a challenge – every reviewer says the machine is heavy, but it’s still a shock when you realise just how heavy it is and a good chunk of the weight is up top in the tables.
8 September 2017
Great quality, Fantastic serviceHad this machine for a couple of months now and used regularly (although a weekend work worker not a pro). I do process up a lot of wood from rough lumber and this planner/thicknesser really does a superb job. Quality great, quiet and it does not keep blocking extractor. From my experience so far I would agree with (rather than repeat) the previous reviews. I did hit a problem, in fact it started with hitting a stone embedded in a piece of oak, which chipped 2 of the cutters, unfortunately this led to the discovery that the guys who assembled originally didn't follow their own instructions regarding not over-torquing the retaining screws. Called Axminster, they sent out an Engineer within a few days, who sorted the entire cutter block, great service. Setting the machine up and getting the tables and the cutter block all aligned is a bit painful, but once completed and technique understood not too difficult. Great tool, anticipating many years of service out of it.
16 June 2017
Outstanding ResultsAfter waiting some months for the spiral cutter model to come back into stock it finally arrived. The Axminster delivery guys were fantastic and helped me lift the machine onto its mobile base. This machine is VERY heavy and requires 3 people to safely lift onto a mobile base.