For the production of boards or frames to a uniform size, a thicknesser is unbeatable. This compact machine has strength in abundance with a cast iron frame and table, supported by a welded steel chassis. This machine is powered by a 2.2kW induction motor, driving the cutter block by a multi vee-type belt, with the feed rollers with a tensioned chain drive.
The table is supported by a generous single column, has a digital height gauge and can be locked into position. The table also has support rollers at each end. The cutter block is the increasingly popular helical type, this one having 6 rows of 14 indexing TCT cutters, giving an almost unbelievable finish. Each cutter is slightly angled to produce a shear cut and has 4 curved edges, so can simply be revolved to a fresh edge when required. If one or more cutter is damaged, then simply replace. Each edge lasts up to 10 times the expected life of an HSS blade, so downtime for changing knives is much reduced. Also, no setting is required, saving more time and guaranteeing accuracy. The combination of the angled cutter and curved edge is much kinder on the timber than traditional square cutters. Even heavily figured timber presents no issues with tear-out.
There are two other main benefits of this type of cutter block: much lower noise, and much reduced power required to drive it, reducing the load on the motor and drive belt. The waste chips are much more uniform, being easier to extract and packing more into your extractor's waste container. This is a compact machine, but capable of handling quite large board runs or use for sizing frames or beams. N.B 16A 230V plug fitted.
|Cuts per Minute||24,300|
|Cutterblock Diameter||95 mm|
|Cutterblock Speed||4,050 rpm|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||125 mm|
|Feed Speed||8 m/min|
|Knives||TCT Spur Cutters x 84|
|Length of Table||930 mm|
|Max Depth of Cut Thicknesser||5.0 mm|
|Max Planing Width||310 mm|
|Max Thicknessing Capacity||310 mm|
|Min Extraction Airflow Required||1,000 m³/hr|
|Nett Weight||200 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||1,050 mm x 610 mm x 1,020 mm|
3 August 2018
Its a big (Chinese ) beastArrived in a palletised packing case . Ugh made in China on the crate . As such checked it thoroughly before use . Quality is fair . I replaced a couple of cheapo fixing screws one on bed control wheel . It arrived loose and had a countersunk screw head against a flat washer . Swapped pozi headed others screws on side access panel for allen headed capscews . Also replaced some small fixing nuts with nylon insert locking ones to prevent any mishaps later on . Checked all belts and chains for tension and all ok and looked robust enough . Finishing not perfect but good enough once checked and tweaked . Cast iron planer bed is flat and true and rises and falls better after some more lubrication . Guide bush for bed guide bar was slightly off centre so refixed that too .
3 August 2018
Its a big beastTook advantage of the £350 off to buy this . Arrived on a pallet in a crate . Ugh ! Made in china on the crate . I didn't expect that . Anyway after some faffing about with blocks of wood and a hydraulic jack Ive got it set up now on a dolly . It weighs 200kg and is made from a substantially rigid steel frame and has a good cast iron flat/true bed . The bed is raised and lowered on a robust single column with guide bar . As such once the bed is locked there is no planer snipe . The machine runs very quietly about half the noise of a conventional three bladed planer . I did replace a couple of screws that were cheap and nasty . ie the screws holding the side panel in place and the one holding the bed adjusting handwheel to its shaft . Very pleased with it . Just check it prior to running as it is Chinese . Plaining finish is good on swirly grained ash . Early days yet .Will provide another review once Ive used it on varied timbers .