Shop Fox W1742S 15" Planer

WOOD magazine rating
Shop Fox


* Motor: 3 HP, 220V, single-phase
* Maximum cutting width: 15"
* Maximum cutting height: 8"
* Minimum stock width: 3/16"
* Minimum stock length: 8"
* Maximum cutting depth: 1/8"
* Cutterhead type: Spiral with German-made indexable carbide inserts
* Cutterhead diameter: 3"
* Cutterhead speed: 5,000 RPM
* Table size: 42" x 15" x 1.75"
* Approximate shipping weight: 675 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Spiral head, clean cut

Review Summary

Pluses: Nearly identical to the Grizzly G0453Z, this machine weighs 50 lbs less, yet displays no extra vibration. Its cutterhead was aligned perfectly parallel to the table right out of the box, and delivered a clean cut quality in its slowest feed speed.
It can handle 8"-thick workpieces. Minuses: The dust hood mounts to the planer cover with bolts and nuts, but should the nuts ever work loose during use, they could potentially fall into the spinning cutterhead; we’d prefer threaded inserts or lock nuts to secure the hood. Setting up this machine required extensive cleaning to remove the thick rust-inhibitor coating, and we also had to add gear oil (not included) to the crankcase. Although it can plane a full 15"-wide workpiece, its stock-return rollers mount 1/4" below the top of the posts that hold them and can accommodate only a 14-3/4"-wide workpiece.

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