Review

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".

Product

Performance

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Features

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.3
out of 5