Powermatic 15HH 15" Helical Head Planer

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Powermatic
Model:
15HH
Price:
$3,000

Description

The helical cutterhead on this planer provides smoother cutting and a finer finish than conventional knives, and the 74 four-sided indexable carbide knife inserts do not require adjustment after installing. Three V-belts transfer maximum power from the 3HP motor to the cutterhead. Your workpiece will get substantial support from the precision ground cast iron table and two large extension wings. The 4" dust port angles the collection hose away from the work area. Stock return rollers atop the machine speed repetitive cuts. The serrated steel infeed and smooth steel outfeed roller allow for 1/8" maximum depth of cut and trouble-free operation. A 2-speed gearbox features an automatic chain tensioner. The one-piece welded steel stand has built-in lockable casters for easy movement around the shop.

* The Byrd® helical cutterhead with 74 four-sided knife inserts provides smoother, quieter cutting and finer finish than conventional systems
* Powerful 3HP TEFC motor controlled with a magnetic switch for safety
* Three V-belts transfer maximum power to the cutterhead
* Serrated steel infeed roller and smooth steel outfeed roller allow for 1/8" maximum depth of cut and trouble free operation
* Large cast iron handwheel positions table quickly and easily
* Large, precision ground cast iron table and extensions provide maximum workpiece support
* Two speed gearbox features automatic chain tensioner
* One-piece welded steel stand has built-in lockable casters
* Steel top-mounted return rollers speed repetitive cuts
* Angled dust chute with 4" port positions collection hose away from the work area while providing efficient chip and dust collection
* Table locks firmly in place, preventing movement during cutting

Standard Equipment:
* 3 HP TEFC motor with magnetic controls
* Byrd® helical cutterhead with inserts
* 4" diameter dust port
* Cast iron extension tables
* Closed stand with built-in casters

WOOD magazine review

Byrd Shelix spiral cutterhead

Review Summary

Pluses: This machine tied the Jet JWP-15HH for quietest cut in our test of seven 15" planers, and it comes with the same 5-year warranty. You can buy replacement cutters directly from Byrd Tool, maker of this machine’s Shelix cutterhead, for half the price of some retail options, so shop around. Minuses: Despite coming standard with a Shelix cutterhead—a $700 premium over Powermatic’s base model—this machine’s cut quality required the most post-planing treatment to remove linear ridges.
(Tom Byrd, president of Byrd Tool, said his company is replacing this cutterhead with a new version that cuts more cleanly, due out in late 2014.) Like the Jet models, its maximum width falls 1/8" shy of 15".

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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